English Standard Version
What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?
King James Bible
What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
American Standard Version
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, hath found according to the flesh?
WHAT shall we say then that Abraham hath found, who is our father according to the flesh.
English Revised Version
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, hath found?
Webster's Bible Translation
What shall we then say that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
Weymouth New Testament
What then shall we say that Abraham, our earthly forefather, has gained?
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
What shall we say? (τι ἐροῦμεν)
See Romans 4:1; Romans 6:1; Romans 7:7; Romans 8:31; Romans 9:14, Romans 9:30. The phrase anticipates an objection or proposes an inference. It is used by Paul only, and by him only in this Epistle and in its argumentative portions. It is not found in the last five chapters, which are hortatory.
The best texts read προπάτορα forefather.
Westcott and Hort omit. Then the reading would be "what shall we say of Abraham," etc. Found signifies, attained by his own efforts apart from grace.
As pertaining to the flesh (κατὰ σάρκα)
Construe with found. The question is, Was Abraham justified by anything which pertained to the flesh? Some construe with Abraham: our father humanly speaking.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father,' for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.
concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh
But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.)
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
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