David spoke of righteousness (Rom 4:6)

“Thus,

David spoke

Of the blessedness

Of those to whom

God reckons righteousness,

Apart from works.”

καθάπερ καὶ Δαυεὶδ λέγει τὸν μακαρισμὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ᾧ ὁ Θεὸς λογίζεται δικαιοσύνην χωρὶς ἔργων

Paul then brought up a psalm of King David, who was assumed to be the author of these psalms.  Thus, just as (καθάπερ) David spoke (καὶ Δαυεὶδ λέγει) of the blessedness or happiness (τὸν μακαρισμὸν) of those men (τοῦ ἀνθρώπου) to whom God reckoned (λογίζεται) righteousness (δικαιοσύνην), apart from their works (χωρὶς ἔργων).  Only the Pauline letters used this word καθάπερ, that means just as or even as.  To make his point more emphatic, Paul used a psalm of King David to prove that his argument was correct.  David in Psalm 32 had said that men were reckoned as blessed, apart from their works or deeds.  Paul continued with his strong emphasis as faith being more important than whether they did any kind of good deeds or actions.  Do you believe that if you have faith, nothing else matters?

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