Whose Righteousness – Abram’s or God’s?

Genesis 15:6 (NRS)

And he believed the LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness.

As translated by the RSV, this verse is grammatically incorrect. Correcting the English translation to correspond to the Hebrew

וְהֶאֱמִן בַּיהוָה וַיַּחְשְׁבֶהָ לּוֹ צְדָקָה

the English should read,

Then Abram believed in the LORD and thought the truth of God’s promises to be evidence of the LORD’s righteousness.

In other words, God is deemed righteous, not Abraham! The translation is explained in the October 2017 As It Is Written columnWhose Righteousness – God’s or Abraham’s?

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