Modern Literal Version
[Romans 4]

     4:1 Therefore what will we say, that Abraham, our father, has found according to the flesh? 4:2For* if Abraham was made righteous out of works, he has grounds for boasting, but not toward God. 4:3 For* what does the Scripture say? 'And Abraham believed God and it was counted to him*for righteousness.' {Gen 15:6}4:4 Now to the one who is working, the reward is not counted according to favor, but according to debt. 4:5 But to the one who is not working, but believes on the one who makes righteous the ungodly, his faith is counted *for righteousness. 4:6 Just-as David also says concerning the good-fortune of the man to whom God counts righteousness separate from works, 4:7saying, 'Those whose lawlessnesses are forgiven and whose sins are covered are fortunate. 4:8The man to whom the Lord may never* count sin, is fortunate.' {Psa 32:1,2}4:9 Therefore is this good-fortune upon the circumcision or also upon the uncircumcision? For* we say that his faith was counted to Abraham *for righteousness. 4:10 Therefore how was it counted? When* he was in circumcision or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith of which he had in the uncircumcision, *that* he might be the father of all those who believe, even through uncircumcision, *that* righteousness might also be counted to them; 4:12 andthe father of circumcision, to those not only from the circumcision, but to those who also are marching in the footprints of the faith of our father Abraham which he had in uncircumcision.

     4:13 For* the promise was to Abraham, or to his seed, for him to be heir of the world, but not through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 4:14 For* if those from the law are heirs, the faith has been made void and the promise has been done-away-with. 4:15 For* the law is working wrath; for* where there is no law, neither is there transgression. 4:16 Because of this, it isfrom faith, in order that it may be according to grace; *that* the promise may be steadfast to all the seed; not to what is only from the law, but also to what is from the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 4:17 (as it has been written, 'I have placed you as a father of many nations' {Gen 17:5}), in front of God, the one whom he believed, who is giving-life to the dead and is calling the things which are not, as though they are. 4:18Abraham who contrary to hope believed upon hope, *that* he might become a father of many nations, according to what had been spoken, So your seed will be. {Gen 15:5}

     4:19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already sterile, (being*nearly a hundred years), and the deadness of Sarah's womb. 4:20 But he did not doubt through unbelief at the promise of God, but became empowered through faith, having given glory to God, 4:21 and being fully assured that what he has promised; he is able also to do. 4:22 Hence it was also counted to him *for righteousness. 4:23 Now it was not written, 'It was counted to him,' because of him only; 4:24 but also, because of us to whom it is about to be counted, who believe on the one who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 4:25 who was given up because of our trespasses and was raised up because of our justification {Or: being made righteous.}.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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