6So also David speaks of the blessedness of those to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works:
7“Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
8blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not reckon sin.”
9Is this blessedness, then, pronounced only on the circumcised, or also on the uncircumcised? We say, “Faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness.” 10How then was it reckoned to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the ancestor of all who believe without being circumcised and who thus have righteousness reckoned to them, 12and likewise the ancestor of the circumcised who are not only circumcised but who also follow the example of the faith that our ancestor Abraham had before he was circumcised.
13For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith.