Romans 10
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The Word Brings Salvation

1Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is for their salvation. 2For I testify about them that they are zealous for God, but not on the basis of knowledge. 3Because they were ignorant of God’s righteousness and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4Christ is the end of the Law, in order to bring righteousness to everyone who believes.

5For concerning the righteousness that is by the Law, Moses writes: “The man who does these things will live by them.”a 6But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’b (that is, to bring Christ down) 7or, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’c (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).”

8But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,”d that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9that if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with your heart you believe and are justified, and with your mouth you confess and are saved.

11It is just as the Scripture says: “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.”e 12For there is no difference between Jew and Greek: The same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich to all who call on Him, 13for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”f

14How then can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? 15And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those whog bring good news!”h

16But not all of them welcomed the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?”i 17Consequently, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

18But I ask, did they not hear? Indeed they did:

“Their voice has gone out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world.”j

19I ask instead: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says:

“I will make you jealous by those who are not a nation;

I will make you angry by a nation without understanding.”k

20And Isaiah boldly says:

“I was found by those who did not seek Me;

I revealed Myself to those who did not ask for Me.”l

21But as for Israel he says:

“All day long I have held out My hands

to a disobedient and obstinate people.”m

a 5 Leviticus 18:5
b 6 Deuteronomy 30:12
c 7 Deuteronomy 30:13
d 8 Deuteronomy 30:14
e 11 Isaiah 28:16
f 13 Joel 2:32
g 15 BYZ and TR include preach the gospel of peace, who
h 15 Isaiah 52:7
i 16 Isaiah 53:1
j 18 Psalm 19:4
k 19 Deuteronomy 32:21
l 20 Isaiah 65:1
m 21 Isaiah 65:2

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