Romans 10:1
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New International Version
Brothers and sisters, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.

New Living Translation
Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved.

English Standard Version
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.

New American Standard Bible
Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.

King James Bible
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation!

International Standard Version
Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God about the Jews is that they would be saved.

NET Bible
Brothers and sisters, my heart's desire and prayer to God on behalf of my fellow Israelites is for their salvation.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My brethren, the desire of my heart and my petition before God is on their behalf that they would have life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Brothers and sisters, my heart's desire and prayer to God on behalf of the Jewish people is that they would be saved.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Brethren, certainly the desire of my heart and my prayer to God regarding Israel, is for saving health.

King James 2000 Bible
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

American King James Version
Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

American Standard Version
Brethren, my heart's desire and my supplication to God is for them, that they may be saved.

Douay-Rheims Bible
BRETHREN, the will of my heart, indeed, and my prayer to God, is for them unto salvation.

Darby Bible Translation
Brethren, the delight of my own heart and my supplication which [I address] to God for them is for salvation.

English Revised Version
Brethren, my heart's desire and my supplication to God is for them, that they may be saved.

Webster's Bible Translation
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they may be saved.

Weymouth New Testament
Brethren, the longing of my heart, and my prayer to God, on behalf of my countrymen is for their salvation.

World English Bible
Brothers, my heart's desire and my prayer to God is for Israel, that they may be saved.

Young's Literal Translation
Brethren, the pleasure indeed of my heart, and my supplication that is to God for Israel, is -- for salvation;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:1-4 The Jews built on a false foundation, and refused to come to Christ for free salvation by faith, and numbers in every age do the same in various ways. The strictness of the law showed men their need of salvation by grace, through faith. And the ceremonies shadowed forth Christ as fulfilling the righteousness, and bearing the curse of the law. So that even under the law, all who were justified before God, obtained that blessing by faith, whereby they were made partakers of the perfect righteousness of the promised Redeemer. The law is not destroyed, nor the intention of the Lawgiver disappointed; but full satisfaction being made by the death of Christ for our breach of the law, the end is gained. That is, Christ has fulfilled the whole law, therefore whoever believeth in him, is counted just before God, as much as though he had fulfilled the whole law himself. Sinners never could go on in vain fancies of their own righteousness, if they knew the justice of God as a Governor, or his righteousness as a Saviour.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Brethren, my heart's desire (εὐδοκία, expressing good will) and prayer to God for them (for Israel, as in the Textus Receptus, has no good support) is, that they may be saved (literally, is unto salvation). "Non orasset Paulus, si absolute reprobati essent" (Bengel).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Brethren, my heart's desire,.... The apostle having suggested, that a few of the Jews only should be called and saved; that the far greater part should be rejected; that the Israelites who sought for righteousness did not attain it when the Gentiles did, but stumbled and fell at Christ, and would be ashamed and confounded; and knowing the prejudices of that people against him, therefore lest what he had said, or should say upon this subject, should be thought to arise from hatred and ill will to them, he judged it proper, as before, to express his trouble and sorrow on their account; so now his great love and affection to them, and which he signifies by calling them "brethren": for not the Roman believers are here addressed, as if he was telling them how much he loved his own nation; but either the Jews in general, whom he looked upon and loved as his brethren, according to the flesh; and whatever they thought of him, he considered them in such a relation to him, which obliged him to a concern for their good and welfare; or rather the believing Jews, that were members of the church at Rome, whom, besides using the common style of the Jewish nation, who were wont to call all of their country brethren, he could speak to, as being such in a spiritual relation, being children of the same father, partakers of the same grace and privileges, and heirs of the same glory. Now he declares to these persons, that the "desire of his heart" was towards Israel, he bore a good will to them, his mind was well disposed and affected towards them, he had a cordial, sincere, and hearty respect for them; and so far was he from being their enemy, that he continually bore them upon his mind at the throne of grace: and his

prayer to God for Israel was, that they might be saved; not only that they might be saved in a temporal sense, from these grievous calamities and sore judgments he saw were coming upon them, which he had reason to believe would issue in the destruction of them, as a nation and church; but that they might be spiritually converted, turned from their evil ways, and brought to believe in Christ, whom they had despised and rejected, and so be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: this he might desire not only from a natural affection for them, but as a minister of the Gospel, who cannot but wish that all that hear him might be converted and saved; and as a believer in Christ he might pray for this in submission to the will of God; and especially as he knew there was a seed, a remnant according to the election of grace, at that present time among them, that should be saved, though the larger number of them were cast off. The Alexandrian copy, and some others, read "for them", instead of "for Israel"; not naming them, being easily understood; and so the Vulgate Latin and Syriac versions.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 10

Ro 10:1-21. Same Subject Continued—How Israel Came to Miss Salvation, and the Gentiles to Find It.

1. Brethren, my heart's desire—The word here expresses "entire complacency," that in which the heart would experience full satisfaction.

and prayer—"supplication."

to God for Israel—"for them" is the true reading; the subject being continued from the close of the preceding chapter.

is, that they may be saved—"for their salvation." Having before poured forth the anguish of his soul at the general unbelief of his nation and its dreadful consequences (Ro 9:1-3), he here expresses in the most emphatic terms his desire and prayer for their salvation.

Romans 10:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Word Brings Salvation
1Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. 2For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.…
Cross References
Romans 9:33
As it is written: "See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame."

Romans 10:2
For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.
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