Romans 3:3
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New International Version
What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God's faithfulness?

New Living Translation
True, some of them were unfaithful; but just because they were unfaithful, does that mean God will be unfaithful?

English Standard Version
What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?

New American Standard Bible
What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?

King James Bible
For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What then? If some did not believe, will their unbelief cancel God's faithfulness?

International Standard Version
What if some of the Jews were unfaithful? Their unfaithfulness cannot cancel God's faithfulness, can it?

NET Bible
What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if some of them did not believe, did they nullify the faith of God by not believing?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What if some of them were unfaithful? Can their unfaithfulness cancel God's faithfulness?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For what if some of them did not believe? Shall their unbelief have made the truth of God without effect?

King James 2000 Bible
For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect?

American King James Version
For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

American Standard Version
For what if some were without faith? shall their want of faith make of none effect the faithfulness of God?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For what if some of them have not believed? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid.

Darby Bible Translation
For what? if some have not believed, shall their unbelief make the faith of God of none effect?

English Revised Version
For what if some were without faith? shall their want of faith make of none effect the faithfulness of God?

Webster's Bible Translation
For what if some did not believe? will their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

Weymouth New Testament
For what if some Jews have proved unfaithful? Shall their faithlessness render God's faithfulness worthless?

World English Bible
For what if some were without faith? Will their lack of faith nullify the faithfulness of God?

Young's Literal Translation
for what, if certain were faithless? shall their faithlessness the faithfulness of god make useless?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-8 The law could not save in or from sins, yet it gave the Jews advantages for obtaining salvation. Their stated ordinances, education in the knowledge of the true God and his service, and many favours shown to the children of Abraham, all were means of grace, and doubtless were made useful to the conversion of many. But especially the Scriptures were committed to them. Enjoyment of God's word and ordinances, is the chief happiness of a people. But God's promises are made only to believers; therefore the unbelief of some, or of many professors, cannot make this faithfulness of no effect. He will fulfil his promises to his people, and bring his threatened vengeance upon unbelievers. God's judging the world, should for ever silence all doubtings and reflections upon his justice. The wickedness and obstinate unbelief of the Jews, proved man's need of the righteousness of God by faith, and also his justice in punishing for sin. Let us do evil, that good may come, is oftener in the heart than in the mouth of sinners; for few thus justify themselves in their wicked ways. The believer knows that duty belongs to him, and events to God; and that he must not commit any sin, or speak one falsehood, upon the hope, or even assurance, that God may thereby glorify himself. If any speak and act thus, their condemnation is just.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - For what if some (τινες. The expression does net denote whether many or few; it only avoids assertion of universality of unbelief (cf. Romans 11:17; 1 Corinthians 10:7), though it is implied in the following verso that, even if it had been universal, the argument would stand) did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? Alford renders ἠπίστησαν "were unfaithful," taking it in the sense of being "unfaithful to the covenant, the very condition of which was to walk in the ways of the Lord, and observe his statutes;" and this on the ground that the apostle is not as yet speaking of faith or the want of it, but, in accordance with the idea of the preceding chapter, of ἀδίκια (ver. 5) and moral guilt. But the meaning of words must not be forced to meet the views of interpreters; and we observe that ἀπιστεῖν and ἀπιστία are ever elsewhere used in their proper sense to denote want of faith (cf. Matthew 13:58; Matthew 17:20; Mark 6:6; Mark 16:11, 14, 16; Luke 14:11, 41; Acts 27:24; Romans 4:20; Romans 11:20, 23; 1 Timothy 1:13; 2 Timothy 2:13). Still, it is to be observed that in the passage before us ἀπιστία in man is opposed to πίστις in God, so as to suggest a more general sense of ἀπιστία than mere unbelief. In view of this opposition, we may adopt the rendering of the whole passage in the Revised Version: "What if some were without faith? Shall their want of faith," etc.? Meyer and others, understanding (as said above) by λόγια the Divine oracles which were prophetic of Christ, refer ἠπίστησαν exclusively to the disbelief in him on the part of the majority of the Jews at the time of writing. But the aorist tense of the verb, as well as the context, is against the idea of such reference, at any rate exclusively. The context, both in ch. 2. and the latter part of this chapter after ver. 9, certainly suggests rather reference to the failure of the Jews throughout their history to realize the advantage of their privileged position; and this failure might properly be attributed to their want of faith, to the καρτδία πονηρὰ ἀπιστίας (Hebrews 3:12), cf. Hebrews 3:19; Hebrews 4:2, together with Romans 4:11. Ἀπιστία in these passages is regarded as the root of ἀπειθεία. On the other hand, the whole drift of ch. 11. in this Epistle - where the present ἀπιστία of the chosen people shown in their rejection of the gospel is spoken of as not hindering, but furthering, the righteous purpose of God, and redounding in the end to his glory - suggests a like reference here. And it may have been in the apostle's mind, though, for the reasons above given, it can hardly be the only one in the passage before us.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For what if some did not believe?.... It is suggested, that though the Jews enjoyed such a privilege, some of them did not believe; which is an aggravation of their sin, that they should have such means of light, knowledge, and faith, such clear and full evidences of things, and yet be incredulous: though it should be observed that this was the case only of some, not of all; and must be understood, not of their disbelief of the Scriptures being the word of God, for these were always received as such by them all, and were constantly read, heard, and attended to; but either of their disobedience to the commands of God required in the law, or of their disregard to the promises of God, and prophecies of the Messiah, and of their disbelief in the Messiah himself when he came; but now this was no objection to the advantage they had of the Gentiles, since this was not owing to want of evidence in the word of God, but to the darkness and unbelief of their minds: and,

shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? no, their unbelief could not, and did not make void the veracity and faithfulness of God in his promises concerning the Messiah, recorded in the oracles of God, which they had committed to them; for notwithstanding this, God raised up the Messiah from among them, which is another advantage the Jews had of, the Gentiles; inasmuch as "of" them, "as concerning the flesh, Christ came, who is God over all, blessed for evermore", Romans 9:5, and he sent him to them, to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, as a prophet and minister; he sent his Gospel to them first, and called out by it from among them his elect, nor did he take it from them until he had done this: and he took it away only; until "the fulness of the Gentiles", Romans 11:25, is brought in; and then the Gospel shall come to them again with power, and "all Israel shall be saved" Romans 11:26.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3, 4. For what if some did not believe?—It is the unbelief of the great body of the nation which the apostle points at; but as it sufficed for his argument to put the supposition thus gently, he uses this word "some" to soften prejudice.

shall their unbelief make the faith of God—or, "faithfulness of God."

of none effect?—"nullify," "invalidate" it.

Romans 3:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Remains Faithful
2Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God. 3What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? 4May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, "THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS, AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED."…
Cross References
Romans 10:16
But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our message?"

2 Timothy 2:13
if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

Hebrews 4:2
For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.
Treasury of Scripture

For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

if some.

Romans 9:6 Not as though the word of God has taken none effect. For they are …

Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias said, Lord, who …

Romans 11:1-7 I say then, Has God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also …

Hebrews 4:2 For to us was the gospel preached, as well as to them: but the word …

shall.

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that …

1 Samuel 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is …

Isaiah 54:9,10 For this is as the waters of Noah to me: for as I have sworn that …

Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not …

Isaiah 65:15,16 And you shall leave your name for a curse to my chosen: for the Lord …

Jeremiah 33:24-26 Consider you not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families …

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

2 Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, yet he stays faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Hebrews 6:13-18 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no …

faith.

Psalm 84:7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appears before God.

John 1:16 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the …

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, …

Titus 1:1,2 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according …

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