New American Standard Bible
Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.
King James Bible
Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
Darby Bible Translation
Now to him that works the reward is not reckoned as of grace, but of debt:
World English Bible
Now to him who works, the reward is not counted as grace, but as something owed.
Young's Literal Translation
and to him who is working, the reward is not reckoned of grace, but of debt;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Now to him that worketh ... - This passage is not to be understood as affirming that any actually have worked out their salvation by conformity to the Law so as to be saved by their own merits; but it expresses a general truth in regard to works. On that plan, if a man were justified by his works, it would be a matter due to him. It is a general principle in regard to contracts and obligations, that where a man fulfils them he is entitled to the reward as what is due to him, and which he can claim. This is well understood in all the transactions among people. Where a man has fulfilled the terms of a contract, to pay him is not a matter of favor; he has earned it; and we are bound to pay him. So says the apostle, it would be, if a man were justified by his works. He would have a claim on God. It would be wrong not to justify him. And this is an additional reason why the doctrine cannot be true; compare Romans 11:6.
Reckoned - Greek, Imputed. The same word which, in Romans 4:3, is rendered "counted," and in Romans 4:22, imputed. It is used here in its strict and proper sense, to reckon that as belonging to a man which is his own, or which is due to him; see the note at Romans 4:3.
Of grace - Of favor; as a gift.
Of debt - As due; as a claim; as a fair compensation according to the contract.
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