Romans 10:21
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New International Version
But concerning Israel he says, "All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people."

New Living Translation
But regarding Israel, God said, "All day long I opened my arms to them, but they were disobedient and rebellious."

English Standard Version
But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”

Berean Study Bible
But as for Israel he says: "All day long I have held out My hands to a disobedient and obstinate people."

Berean Literal Bible
But as for Israel he says: "All the day I have stretched out My hands to a disobeying and contradicting people."

New American Standard Bible
But as for Israel He says, "ALL THE DAY LONG I HAVE STRETCHED OUT MY HANDS TO A DISOBEDIENT AND OBSTINATE PEOPLE."

King James Bible
But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But to Israel he says: All day long I have spread out My hands to a disobedient and defiant people.

International Standard Version
But about Israel he says, "All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and rebellious people."

NET Bible
But about Israel he says, "All day long I held out my hands to this disobedient and stubborn people!"

New Heart English Bible
But as to Israel he says, "All day long I have spread out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But to Israel he said, “I reached my hands out all day to a contentious and disobedient people.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Isaiah said about Israel, "All day long I have stretched out my hands to disobedient and rebellious people."

New American Standard 1977
But as for Israel He says, “ALL THE DAY LONG I HAVE STRETCHED OUT MY HANDS TO A DISOBEDIENT AND OBSTINATE PEOPLE.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And against Israel he says, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

King James 2000 Bible
But to Israel he says, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and contrary people.

American King James Version
But to Israel he said, All day long I have stretched forth my hands to a disobedient and gainsaying people.

American Standard Version
But as to Israel he saith, All the day long did I spread out my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But to Israel he saith: All the day long have I spread my hands to a people that believeth not, and contradicteth me.

Darby Bible Translation
But unto Israel he says, All the day long I have stretched out my hands unto a people disobeying and opposing.

English Revised Version
But as to Israel he saith, All the day long did I spread out my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

Webster's Bible Translation
But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands to a disobedient and gainsaying people.

Weymouth New Testament
While as to Israel he says, "All day long I have stretched out My arms to a self-willed and fault-finding people."

World English Bible
But as to Israel he says, "All day long I stretched out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people."

Young's Literal Translation
and unto Israel He saith, 'All the day I did stretch out My hands unto a people unbelieving and gainsaying.'
Study Bible
The Word Brings Salvation
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.” 21But as for Israel he says: “All day long I have held out My hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.”
Cross References
Proverbs 1:24
"Because I called and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;

Isaiah 65:2
"I have spread out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, Who walk in the way which is not good, following their own thoughts,

Jeremiah 35:17
"Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel, 'Behold, I am bringing on Judah and on all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the disaster that I have pronounced against them; because I spoke to them but they did not listen, and I have called them but they did not answer.'"
Treasury of Scripture

But to Israel he said, All day long I have stretched forth my hands to a disobedient and gainsaying people.

All day long.

Proverbs 1:24 Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, …

Isaiah 65:2-5 I have spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, which …

Jeremiah 25:4 And the LORD has sent to you all his servants the prophets, rising …

Jeremiah 35:15 I have sent also to you all my servants the prophets, rising up early …

Matthew 20:1-15 For the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is an householder…

Matthew 21:33-43 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted …

Matthew 22:3-7 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the …

Matthew 23:34-37 Why, behold, I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and …

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his …

Acts 13:46,47 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that …

a disobedient.

Deuteronomy 9:13 Furthermore the LORD spoke to me, saying, I have seen this people, …

Deuteronomy 31:27 For I know your rebellion, and your stiff neck: behold, while I am …

1 Samuel 8:7,8 And the LORD said to Samuel, Listen to the voice of the people in …

Nehemiah 9:26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against you, and …

Jeremiah 44:4-6 However, I sent to you all my servants the prophets, rising early …

Acts 7:51,52 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always …

1 Thessalonians 2:16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, …

1 Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which …

(21) To Israel.--With regard to Israel.

He saith.--Isaiah, speaking as the mouthpiece of God.

All day long.--This quotation is from the next verse to the preceding, and there is no such distinction in the persons to whom it is addressed as the Apostle here draws.

Gainsaying.--A people which refused the proffered salvation.

Verse 21. - But to Israel he saith, All day long I stretched out my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. (Isaiah 65:2). Tholuck remarks, "If from this passage we once more look back upon the tenth and ninth chapters, it is manifest how little Paul ever designed to revert to a decretun, absolutum, but meant to cast all blame upon the want of will in men, resisting the gracious will of God.



But to Israel he saith,.... Or against Israel, or concerning Israel he saith in the same prophecy in Isaiah 65:2.

All day long I have stretched forth my hands, unto a disobedient and gainsaying people: very rightly does the apostle apply these words to Israel, as he does the former to the Gentiles; and just in like manner does the above mentioned Jewish writer, R. Moses the priest, interpret them. The Lord's "stretching out his hands all the day long" to them, designs the ministry of the prophets one after another to them, the preaching of John the Baptist, of Christ and his apostles among them: but they were a stiffnecked and rebellious people, uncircumcised in heart and ears; would have none of his counsel, and despised his reproof; contradicted and blasphemed the word; rejected the Messiah and his Gospel; killed the Prince of life, and persecuted his apostles; so that it was just with God to write a "Lo-ammi", Hos_1:9, upon them, and cast them off; and, to pave the way for the account of the rejection of these people in the next chapter, is all this said, and these testimonies produced. 21. But to—rather, "with regard to"

Israel he saith, All day—"All the day"

long I have stretched out my hands—"did I stretch forth"

my hands—the attitude of gracious entreaty.

unto a disobedient and gainsaying people—These words, which immediately follow the announcement just quoted of the calling of the Gentiles, were enough to forewarn the Jews both of God's purpose to eject them from their privileges, in favor of the Gentiles, and of the cause of it on their own part.

Note, (1) Mere sincerity, and even earnestness in religion—though it may be some ground of hope for a merciful recovery from error—is no excuse, and will not compensate, for the deliberate rejection of saving truth, when in the providence of God presented for acceptance (Ro 10:1-3; and see on [2243]Ro 9:7, Note 7). (2) The true cause of such rejection of saving truth, by the otherwise sincere, is the prepossession of the mind by some false notions of its own. So long as the Jews "sought to set up their own righteousness," it was in the nature of things impossible that they should "submit themselves to the righteousness of God"; the one of these two methods of acceptance being in the teeth of the other (Ro 10:3). (3) The essential terms of salvation have in every age been the same: "Whosoever will" is invited to "take of the water of life freely," Re 22:17 (Ro 10:13). (4) How will the remembrance of the simplicity, reasonableness, and absolute freeness of God's plan of salvation overwhelm those that perish from under the sound of it (Ro 10:4-13). (5) How piercingly and perpetually should that question—"How shall they hear without a preacher?"—sound in the ears of all churches, as but the apostolic echo of their Lord's parting injunction, "Preach the Gospel to every creature" (Mr 16:15), and how far below the proper standard of love, zeal, and self-sacrifice must the churches as yet be, when with so plenteous a harvest the laborers are yet so few (Mt 9:37, 38), and that cry from the lips of pardoned, gifted, consecrated men—"Here am I, send me" (Isa 6:8), is not heard everywhere (Ro 10:14, 15)! (6) The blessing of a covenant relation to God is the irrevocable privilege of no people and no Church; it can be preserved only by fidelity, on our part, to the covenant itself (Ro 10:19). (7) God is often found by those who apparently are the farthest from Him, while He remains undiscovered by those who think themselves the nearest (Ro 10:20, 21). (8) God's dealings even with reprobate sinners are full of tenderness and compassion; all the day long extending the arms of His mercy even to the disobedient and gainsaying. This will be felt and acknowledged at last by all who perish, to the glory of God's forbearance and to their own confusion (Ro 10:21). 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.
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