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

New Living Translation
For they don't understand God's way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God's way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law.

English Standard Version
For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.

New American Standard Bible
For not knowing about God's righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.

King James Bible
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Because they disregarded the righteousness from God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted themselves to God's righteousness.

International Standard Version
For they are ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God while they try to establish their own, and they have not submitted to God's means to attain righteousness.

NET Bible
For ignoring the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking instead to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to God's righteousness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For they have not known the righteousness of God, but they have sought to establish their own righteousness, and therefore they have not submitted to the righteousness of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They don't understand [how to receive] God's approval. So they try to set up their own way to get it, and they have not accepted God's way for receiving his approval.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For they, being ignorant of God's righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

King James 2000 Bible
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

American King James Version
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God.

American Standard Version
For being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they, not knowing the justice of God, and seeking to establish their own, have not submitted themselves to the justice of God.

Darby Bible Translation
For they, being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own [righteousness], have not submitted to the righteousness of God.

English Revised Version
For being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
For they, being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God.

Weymouth New Testament
Ignorant of the righteousness which God provides and building their hopes upon a righteousness of their own, they have refused submission to God's righteousness.

World English Bible
For being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they didn't subject themselves to the righteousness of God.

Young's Literal Translation
for not knowing the righteousness of God, and their own righteousness seeking to establish, to the righteousness of God they did not submit.
Parallel Commentaries
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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For they being ignorant of God's righteousness,.... Either of the righteousness of God revealed in the Gospel, which is no other than the righteousness of Christ, and which they knew nothing of, the whole Gospel being a sealed book, and wholly hidden from them; or of the righteousness of God required in the law, they imagining that only an external conformity to the commands of the law, was all that was necessary to attain to a justifying righteousness by it, not knowing the spirituality of it, and that it required conformity of heart and nature, as well as life and conversation; or rather of the attribute of God's righteousness, the strictness of his justice, the purity and holiness of his nature: for though they knew that he was holy, just, and righteous, yet did not think he was so strict as to insist upon every punctilio, and to take notice of every little default and defect in obedience; and especially that he had any regard to the heart and the thoughts of it, and required perfect purity there or that he would accept of nothing less than an absolutely perfect and complete righteousness; nor justify any without full satisfaction to his justice: hence they were

going about to establish their own righteousness; which they would never have done, had they known the righteousness of God, in either of the above senses; the Alexandrian copy, and some others, omit the word "righteousness", and only read, "their own", leaving it to be understood, and which is easily done; and so reads the Vulgate Latin version: by "their own righteousness", as opposed to God's, is meant the righteousness of works, their obedience to the law, an outward conformity to it, an observance of the rituals of it, and a little negative holiness. This they endeavoured to "establish" or "make to stand" in the sight of God, as their justifying righteousness, which is all one as setting chaff and stubble, briers and thorns, to a consuming fire; as the attempt expresses madness in them, the phrase suggests weakness in their righteousness, which they would fain make to stand, but could not, it being like a spider's web before the besom, or like a dead carcass, which men would set upon its feet to stand alone, but it cannot; than which nothing can be a greater instance of egregious folly: their "going about" or "seeking" to do this, shows their ignorant zeal, and the toil, the pains, the labour they used to effect it, but all in vain, and to no purpose; as appears by their hearing, reading, fasting, praying, giving alms to the poor, and tithes of all they possessed; all which they were very careful and studious of, and especially to have them done in the sight of men: and so it was that they

have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God; that is, the righteousness of Christ, so called, because approved and accepted of by God, imputed by him to his people, and given them by him as a free gift, and which only justifies in his sight; and because it is wrought by Christ, who is truly and properly God, and revealed and applied by the Spirit of God. This the Jews submitted not to, because they had no true humble sense of themselves as sinners, nor did they care to acknowledge themselves as such; which submission to Christ's righteousness requires and necessarily involves in it; no man will ever be subject to it, till he is made sensible of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, and brought to an humble acknowledgment of it; the Spirit of God first convinces of sin and then of righteousness; and because they had an overweening opinion of their own righteousness, which they trusted to, and depended upon, imagining it to be blameless, and to contain all that the law required, and therefore they stood in no need of any other; and as for the righteousness of Christ they had it in contempt, their carnal minds being enmity to him, were not subject to his righteousness, nor could they, nor can any be, without the powerful efficacious grace of God, making them willing in the day of his power. This phrase denotes the rebellion of their wills, against Christ and his righteousness, they acting as rebellious subjects against their sovereign prince.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness—that is, for the justification of the guilty (see on [2241]Ro 1:17).

and going about—"seeking"

to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God—The apostle views the general rejection of Christ by the nation as one act.

Romans 10:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Word Brings Salvation
2For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3For not knowing about God's righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. 4For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 6:25
And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness."

Isaiah 51:1
"Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn;

Romans 1:17
For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed--a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."

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

Romans 10:20
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."

Romans 11:7
What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened,
Treasury of Scripture

For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God.

God's righteousness. 'God's method of justification,' says Abp. Newcome: God's method of saving sinners.'

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: …

Romans 3:22,26 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ to …

Romans 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the …

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

Psalm 71:15,16,19 My mouth shall show forth your righteousness and your salvation all …

Isaiah 51:6,8 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath: …

Isaiah 56:1 Thus said the LORD, Keep you judgment, and do justice: for my salvation …

Jeremiah 23:5,6 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will raise to David …

Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, …

John 16:9,10 Of sin, because they believe not on me…

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might …

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ…

to establish.

Romans 9:31,32 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, has not …

Isaiah 57:12 I will declare your righteousness, and your works; for they shall …

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are …

Luke 10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbor?

Luke 16:15 And he said to them, You are they which justify yourselves before …

Luke 18:9-12 And he spoke this parable to certain which trusted in themselves …

Galatians 5:3,4 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is …

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of …

Revelation 3:17,18 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need …

submitted.

Leviticus 26:41 And that I also have walked contrary to them, and have brought them …

Nehemiah 9:33 However, you are just in all that is brought on us; for you have …

Job 33:27 He looks on men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that …

Lamentations 3:22 It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his …

Daniel 9:6-9 Neither have we listened to your servants the prophets, which spoke …

Luke 15:17-21 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of …

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