Romans 4:17
Good News Translation
as the scripture says, "I have made you father of many nations." So the promise is good in the sight of God, in whom Abraham believed--the God who brings the dead to life and whose command brings into being what did not exist.

Contemporary English Version
The Scriptures say that Abraham would become the ancestor of many nations. This promise was made to Abraham because he had faith in God, who raises the dead to life and creates new things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
(As it is written: I have made thee a father of many nations), before God, whom he believed: who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things that are not, as those that are.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

(As it is written: I have made thee a father of many nations), before God, whom he believed: who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things that are not, as those that are.

I have.

Genesis 17:4,5,16,20 And God said to him: I am, and my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. . . .

Genesis 25:1-34 And Abraham married another wife named Cetura: . . .

Genesis 28:3 And God almighty bless thee, and make thee to increase and multiply thee: that thou mayst be a multitude of people.

Hebrews 11:12 For which cause there sprung even from one (and him as good as dead) as the stars of heaven in multitude and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

before him.

Romans 3:29 Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? yes, of the Gentiles also.

who quickeneth.

Romans 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory, but not before God.

Romans 8:11 And if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you; he that raised up Jesus Christ, from the dead shall quicken also your mortal bodies, because of his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Matthew 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father. For I tell you that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.

John 5:21,25 For as the Father raiseth up the dead and giveth life: so the Son also giveth life to whom he will. . . .

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth: the flesh profiteth nothing. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

1 Corinthians 15:45 The first man Adam was made into a living soul; the last Adam into a quickening spirit.

Ephesians 2:1-5 And you, when you were dead in your offences and sins, . . .

1 Timothy 6:13 I charge thee before God who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate, a good confession:

calleth.

Romans 8:29,30 For whom he foreknew, he also predestinated to be made conformable to the image of his Son: that he might be the Firstborn amongst many brethren. . . .

Romans 9:26 And it shalt be in the place where it was said unto them: you are not my people; there they shall be called the sons of the living God.

Isaiah 43:6 I will say to the north: Give up: and to the south: Keep not back: bring my sons from afar, and my daughters from the ends of the earth.

Isaiah 44:7 Who is like to me? let him call and declare: and let him set before me the order, since I appointed the ancient people: and the things to come, and that shall be hereafter, let them shew unto them.

Isaiah 49:12 Behold these shall come from afar, and behold these from the north and from the sea, and these from the south country.

Isaiah 55:12 For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall sing praise before you, and all the trees of the country shall clap their hands.

Acts 15:18 To the Lord was his own work known from the beginning of the world.

1 Corinthians 1:28 And the base things of the world and the things that are contemptible, hath God chosen: and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are:

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noe, having received an answer concerning those things which as yet were not seen, moved with fear, framed the ark for the saving of his house: by the which he condemned the world and was instituted heir of the justice which is by faith.

1 Peter 2:10 Who in times past were not a people: but are now the people of God. Who had not obtained mercy: but now have obtained mercy.

2 Peter 3:8 But of this one thing be not ignorant, my beloved, that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Context
Abraham Receives the Promise
16Therefore is it of faith, that according to grace the promise might be firm to all the seed: not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17(As it is written: I have made thee a father of many nations), before God, whom he believed: who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things that are not, as those that are. 18Who against hope believed in hope; that he might be made the father of many nations, according to that which was said to him: So shall thy seed be.…
Cross References
Genesis 17:5
Neither shall thy name be called any more Abram: but thou shalt be called Abraham: because I have made thee a father of many nations.

Isaiah 48:13
My hand also hath founded the earth, and my right hand hath measured the heavens: I shall call them, and they shall stand together.

Isaiah 51:2
Look unto Abraham your father, and to Sara that bore you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and multiplied him.

John 5:21
For as the Father raiseth up the dead and giveth life: so the Son also giveth life to whom he will.

Romans 4:18
Who against hope believed in hope; that he might be made the father of many nations, according to that which was said to him: So shall thy seed be.

Romans 9:11
For when the children were not yet born, nor had done any good or evil (that the purpose of God according to election might stand):

1 Corinthians 1:28
And the base things of the world and the things that are contemptible, hath God chosen: and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are:

Hebrews 11:3
By faith we understand that the world was framed by the word of God: that from invisible things visible things might be made.

Additional Translations
As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the presence of God, in whom he believed, the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not yet exist.

as it has been written: "I have made you a father of many nations."--before God whom he believed, the One giving life to the dead and calling into being the things not even existing,

(As it is written, I have made you a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who vivifies the dead, and calls those things which be not as though they were.

(as it is written, A father of many nations have I made thee) before him whom he believed, even God, who giveth life to the dead, and calleth the things that are not, as though they were.

(according as it is written, I have made thee father of many nations,) before the God whom he believed, who quickens the dead, and calls the things which be not as being;

(as it is written, A father of many nations have I made thee) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth the things that are not, as though they were.

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations) before him whom he believed, even God, who reviveth the dead, and calleth those things which are not, as though they were.

so that the promise should be made sure to all Abraham's true descendants; not merely to those who are righteous through the Law, but to those who are righteous through a faith like that of Abraham. Thus in the sight of God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and makes reference to things that do not exist, as though they did, Abraham is the forefather of all of us. As it is written, "I have appointed you to be the forefather of many nations."

As it is written, "I have made you a father of many nations." This is in the presence of him whom he believed: God, who gives life to the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were.

who is father of us all (according as it hath been written -- 'A father of many nations I have set thee,') before Him whom he did believe -- God, who is quickening the dead, and is calling the things that be not as being.
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