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Genesis 15:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And he believed in Jehovah; and he reckoned it to him for righteousness.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And he believed Jehovah; and he reckoned it to him [as] righteousness.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And he had faith in Yahweh,—so he reckoned it to him, as righteousness.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And he hath believed in Jehovah, and He reckoneth it to him—righteousness.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Abram believed God, and it was reputed to him unto justice.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And he beleeued in the LORD; and hee counted it to him for righteousnesse.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And Abram believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And he believed in Yahweh; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And he believed 539
{0539} Prime
A primitive root; properly to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; figuratively to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain; once (in Isaiah 30:21; by interchange for H0541) to go to the right hand.
<8689> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2675
in Yhw יָהוֶה; 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
and he counted 2803
{2803} Prime
A primitive root; properly to plait or interpenetrate, that is, (literally) to weave or (generally) to fabricate; figuratively to plot or contrive (usually in a malicious sense); hence (from the mental effort) to think, regard, value, compute.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
it to him for righteousness. 6666
{6666} Prime
From H6663; rightness (abstractly), subjectively (rectitude), objectively (justice), morally (virtue) or figuratively (prosperity).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

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Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Genesis 15:2-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Genesis 15:6

And he believed in the Lord — That is, believed the truth of that promise which God had now made him, resting upon the power, and faithfulness of him that made it: see how the apostle magnifies this faith of Abram, and makes it a standing example, Romans 4:19-21. He was not weak in faith; he staggered not at the promise: he was strong in faith; he was fully persuaded. The Lord work such a faith in every one of us. And he counted it to him for righteousness — That is, upon the score of this he was accepted of God, and, by faith he obtained witness that he was righteous, Hebrews 11:4. This is urged in the New Testament to prove, that we are justified by faith without the works of the law, Romans 4:3; Galatians 3:6, for Abram was so justified, while he was yet uncircumcised. If Abram, that was so rich in good works, was not justified by them, but by his faith, much less can we. This faith, which was imputed to Abram for righteousness, had newly struggled with unbelief, Genesis 15:2, and coming off, conqueror, it was thus crowned, thus honoured.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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he believed:

Romans 4:3-6 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. ... Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
Romans 4:9 [Cometh] this blessedness then upon the circumcision [only], or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.
Romans 4:20-25 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; ... Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
Galatians 3:6-14 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. ... That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

he counted:

Psalms 106:31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.
Romans 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which [he had yet] being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
Romans 4:22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Galatians 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
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re gen 15:6, it's explained in gal 3: 6, 8, 14. the scripture forsees the justification of the heathen by FAITH; that the gentiles might rcv the promise of the spirit thru FAITH. vs 5 asks if the spirit was supplied and miracles worked by the law or FAITH--vs 6 quotes gen 15:6, where the word BELIEVED indicates FAITH...resulting in righteousness. it's thru JESUS that the blessing of abraham comes on the gentiles, that we might rcv the promise of the spirit.
a grand plan. :))
- judy (8/23/2008 4:26:50 PM) []
Abram is praising the righteousness of Yahweh in this verse for the promises He made in the preceding verses.
- Tom (8/8/2008 7:05:55 PM) []
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