Romans 10:20
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New International Version
And Isaiah boldly says, "I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me."

New Living Translation
And later Isaiah spoke boldly for God, saying, "I was found by people who were not looking for me. I showed myself to those who were not asking for me."

English Standard Version
Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, “I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.”

New American Standard Bible
And Isaiah is very bold and says, "I WAS FOUND BY THOSE WHO DID NOT SEEK ME, I BECAME MANIFEST TO THOSE WHO DID NOT ASK FOR ME."

King James Bible
But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And Isaiah says boldly: I was found by those who were not looking for Me; I revealed Myself to those who were not asking for Me.

International Standard Version
And Isaiah boldly says, "I was found by those who were not looking for me; I was revealed to those who were not asking for me."

NET Bible
And Isaiah is even bold enough to say, "I was found by those who did not seek me; I became well known to those who did not ask for me."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Isaiah was bold and he said, “I appeared to those who did not seek me and I was found by those who did not ask for me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Isaiah said very boldly, "I was found by those who weren't looking for me. I was revealed to those who weren't asking for me."

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Isaiah is very bold and says, I was found by those that did not seek me; I manifested myself unto those that did not ask after me.

King James 2000 Bible
But Isaiah is very bold, and says, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.

American King James Version
But Esaias is very bold, and said, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest to them that asked not after me.

American Standard Version
And Isaiah is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I became manifest unto them that asked not of me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Isaias is bold, and saith: I was found by them that did not seek me: I appeared openly to them that asked not after me.

Darby Bible Translation
But Esaias is very bold, and says, I have been found by those not seeking me; I have become manifest to those not inquiring after me.

English Revised Version
And Isaiah is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I became manifest unto them that asked not of me.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Isaiah is very bold, and saith, I was found by them that sought me not; I was made manifest to them that asked not for me.

Weymouth New Testament
And Isaiah, with strange boldness, exclaims, "I have been found by those who were not looking for Me, I have revealed Myself to those who were not inquiring of Me."

World English Bible
Isaiah is very bold, and says, "I was found by those who didn't seek me. I was revealed to those who didn't ask for me."

Young's Literal Translation
and Isaiah is very bold, and saith, 'I was found by those not seeking Me; I became manifest to those not inquiring after Me;'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:18-21 Did not the Jews know that the Gentiles were to be called in? They might have known it from Moses and Isaiah. Isaiah speaks plainly of the grace and favour of God, as going before in the receiving of the Gentiles. Was not this our own case? Did not God begin in love, and make himself known to us when we did not ask after him? The patience of God towards provoking sinners is wonderful. The time of God's patience is called a day, light as day, and fit for work and business; but limited as a day, and there is a night at the end of it. God's patience makes man's disobedience worse, and renders that the more sinful. We may wonder at the mercy of God, that his goodness is not overcome by man's badness; we may wonder at the wickedness of man, that his badness is not overcome by God's goodness. And it is a matter of joy to think that God has sent the message of grace to so many millions, by the wide spread of his gospel.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - But Esaias is very hold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. (Isaiah 65:1). The peculiar boldness of Isaiah's utterance consists in this - that, at a time when Israel was recognized as God's one chosen people, he is said to make himself known even to those who sought him not at all.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But Esaias is very bold, and saith,.... The apostle here produces another testimony in proof of this, that the Israelites must needs have some knowledge of this truth, the calling of the Gentiles; since a famous prophet of theirs, Isaiah, also spake out with great freedom; he did not mince the matter, or cover it with dark sayings, but with all plainness and perspicuity, and with great courage and intrepidity declared it; though he knew he run the risk, not only of his fame and credit among the Jews, but of his life also, for so doing: the citation is made from Isaiah 65:1.

I was found of them that sought me not, I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me; here also the Gentiles are meant by "them that sought me not, and asked not after me"; the Messiah; and so R. Moses the priest says (n), that these words are to be understood, , "concerning the nations of the world". The common people among them sought after the things of the world; their philosophers sought after the wisdom of it; and the more devout and religious among them sought the observance of superstitious rites and ceremonies, and, at best and most, a little morality and external righteousness; but none sought after Christ, for they knew nothing of him, and therefore did not so much as ask after him; they did not ask counsel of him, nor ask concerning him, nor ask for him; not for his coming into the world, as the Jews did, nor for the preaching of the Gospel among them, for it came among them unasked for, unexpected, and undesired, as well as undeserved by them, nor for any blessing of his; and yet such was his grace and goodness, that he was "found" of these persons, in the preaching of the Gospel; which by his kind providence was brought among them, and they were brought under the hearing of it; and by the Spirit of God directed to him in it, in whom they found life, peace, pardon, righteousness, food, and rest, and every valuable blessing; a pearl of great price they found, a finding which can never be lost: he is also said to be "made manifest" unto them, not in the flesh, but in the ministry of the word; in which his person, blood, righteousness, and sacrifice, are evidently set forth, and clearly manifested; and besides the outward manifestation of Christ to them by the Gospel, they had no internal revelation of him in their hearts by his Spirit, setting forth to them his grace and fulness, and showing them their interest therein: from this prophecy, also, the Jews could not but have some knowledge of this mystery of grace.

(n) In Aben Ezra in Isaiah 65.1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. But Esaias is very bold, and saith—that is, is still plainer, and goes even the length of saying.

I was found of them that sought me not—until I sought them.

I was made—"became"

manifest unto them that asked not after me—until the invitation from Me came to them. That the calling of the Gentiles was meant by these words of the prophet (Isa 65:1) is manifest from what immediately follows, "I said, Behold Me, behold Me, unto a nation that was not called by My name."

Romans 10:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Word Brings Salvation
19But I say, surely Israel did not know, did they? First Moses says, "I WILL MAKE YOU JEALOUS BY THAT WHICH IS NOT A NATION, BY A NATION WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING WILL I ANGER YOU." 20And Isaiah is very bold and says, "I WAS FOUND BY THOSE WHO DID NOT SEEK ME, I BECAME MANIFEST TO THOSE WHO DID NOT ASK FOR ME." 21But as for Israel He says, "ALL THE DAY LONG I HAVE STRETCHED OUT MY HANDS TO A DISOBEDIENT AND OBSTINATE PEOPLE."
Cross References
Isaiah 65:1
"I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, 'Here am I, here am I.'

Romans 9:30
What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith;

Romans 9:31
but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal.

Romans 10:3
Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness.
Treasury of Scripture

But Esaias is very bold, and said, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest to them that asked not after me.

very bold.

Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursues: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show …

Ephesians 6:19,20 And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my …

I was found.

Romans 9:30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after …

Isaiah 65:1,2 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that …

I was made.

Isaiah 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that you should be my servant to …

Isaiah 52:15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths …

Isaiah 55:4,5 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and …

Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, …

Matthew 22:9,10 Go you therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, …

Luke 14:23 And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, …

1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

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