Romans 9:1
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New International Version
I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit--

New Living Translation
With Christ as my witness, I speak with utter truthfulness. My conscience and the Holy Spirit confirm it.

English Standard Version
I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—

Berean Study Bible
I speak the truth in Christ; I am not lying, as confirmed by my conscience in the Holy Spirit.

Berean Literal Bible
I speak the truth in Christ. I am not lying. My conscience testifies for me in the Holy Spirit

New American Standard Bible
I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit,

King James Bible
I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying; my conscience is testifying to me with the Holy Spirit--

International Standard Version
I am telling the truth because I belong to the Messiah —I am not lying, and my conscience confirms it by means of the Holy Spirit.

NET Bible
I am telling the truth in Christ (I am not lying!), for my conscience assures me in the Holy Spirit--

New Heart English Bible
I tell the truth in Christ. I am not lying, my conscience testifying with me in the Holy Spirit,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I speak the truth in The Messiah, and I do not lie; my conscience bears witness to me in The Spirit of Holiness,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As a Christian, I'm telling you the truth. I'm not lying. The Holy Spirit, along with my own thoughts, supports me in this.

New American Standard 1977
I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit,

Jubilee Bible 2000
I say the truth in Christ, I do not lie, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit,

King James 2000 Bible
I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit,

American King James Version
I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

American Standard Version
I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience bearing witness with me in the Holy Spirit,

Douay-Rheims Bible
I SPEAK the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost:

Darby Bible Translation
I say [the] truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience bearing witness with me in [the] Holy Spirit,

English Revised Version
I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience bearing witness with me in the Holy Ghost,

Webster's Bible Translation
I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me testimony in the Holy Spirit,

Weymouth New Testament
I am telling you the truth as a Christian man--it is no falsehood, for my conscience enlightened, as it is, by the Holy Spirit adds its testimony to mine--

World English Bible
I tell the truth in Christ. I am not lying, my conscience testifying with me in the Holy Spirit,

Young's Literal Translation
Truth I say in Christ, I lie not, my conscience bearing testimony with me in the Holy Spirit,
Study Bible
Paul's Concern for the Jews
1I speak the truth in Christ; I am not lying, as confirmed by my conscience in the Holy Spirit. 2I have deep sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.…
Cross References
Romans 1:9
God, whom I serve with my spirit in preaching the gospel of His Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you

Romans 9:2
I have deep sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.

2 Corinthians 11:10
As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be silenced in the regions of Achaia.

2 Corinthians 12:19
Have you been thinking all along that we were making a defense to you? We speak before God in Christ, and all of this, beloved, is to build you up.

Galatians 1:20
I assure you before God that what I am writing to you is no lie.

1 Timothy 2:7
For this reason I was appointed as a herald, an apostle, and a faithful and true teacher of the Gentiles. I am telling the truth; I am not lying about anything.
Treasury of Scripture

I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

I say.

Romans 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son…

2 Corinthians 1:23 Moreover I call God for a record on my soul, that to spare you I …

2 Corinthians 11:31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for …

2 Corinthians 12:19 Again, think you that we excuse ourselves to you? we speak before …

Galatians 1:20 Now the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I lie not.

Philippians 1:8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels …

1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor …

1 Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the …

1 Timothy 5:21 I charge you before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels…

my conscience.

Romans 2:15 Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience …

Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and …

1 John 3:19-21 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our …

(1-5) My heart bleeds for Israel, my country, that highly-privileged people. I could fain have changed places with them, and been myself cut off from Christ, if only they might have been saved.

(1) I say the truth in Christ.--The meaning of this expression seems to be, "From the bottom of my soul, in the most sacred part of my being, as a Christian man united to Christ, I make this solemn asseveration."

My conscience.--Here, as in Romans 2:15, very much in the modern sense of the word, the introspective faculty which sits in judgment upon actions, and assigns to them their moral qualities of praise or blame. "This conscience of mine being also overshadowed with the Holy Spirit, and therefore incapable of falsehood or self-deception."

Verse 1 - Romans 11:36. - 2. The present position and prospects of the Jewish nation con-sidereal. Verses 1-5. - (1) Deep regret expressed for the present exclusion of the Jewish nation from inheritance of the promises. This section is not necessary for the main argument of the Epistle, which would have been complete without it for an exposition of God's righteousness, ch. 12. following naturally the conclusion of ch. 8, and these intervening chapters having no immediate connection with the preceding or succeeding context. But it was a subject too deeply fixed in St. Paul's mind to be left unnoticed. And besides, what he had said at the beginning of his treatise, and afterwards implied, seemed to call for some explanation in the face of existing facts. For he had said (Romans 1:16), that the gospel "was the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile;" and throughout he has regarded it as the fulfilment of the peculiar promises made to the Jews themselves, who were to have precedence, though not monopoly, in the inheritance of its blessings. How, then, was this view consistent with the fact that the Jews in general, even more than any others, were now excluded from this inheritance? The apostle has already, even in the course of his argument, paused to meet certain supposed difficulties of this kind in the short section, Romans 3:1-8; but now he takes up the whole subject formally, and considers it in all its bearings. First, in ch. 9, he expresses his deep sorrow for the fact; but shows it to be not inconsistent either with God's faithfulness to his promise, or with his justice, or with the Word of prophecy. Verse 1. - I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing witness with me in the Holy Ghost. For similar solemn asseverations by St. Paul of the truth of what was known to himself alone, cf. Romans 1:9; 2 Corinthians 11:31; Philippians 1:8; 1 Timothy 2:7. The peculiar solemnity of this may be due to the peculiar depth of his feelings on the subject. It is not necessary to suppose him to be moved by a fear of his patriotic enthusiasm being doubted, now that he had turned Christian, and argued so strongly against Jewish monopoly of privilege But it may have been so. For the force of ἐν Ξριστῶ, cf. 2 Corinthians 2:17; ch. 12:19; Ephesians 4:17; 1 Thessalonians 4:1. It is not an adjuration, but denotes the element in which he moves and speaks. Similarly, ἐν Πνεύματι ἁγίῳ following (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:3), which, of course, could not be on oath. I say the truth in Christ, I lie not,.... The apostle being about to discourse concerning predestination, which he had mentioned in the preceding chapter, and to open the springs and causes of it, and also concerning the induration and rejection of the Jewish nation; he thought it necessary to preface his account of these things with some strong assurances of his great attachment to that people, and his affection for them, lest it should be thought he spoke out of prejudice to them; and well knowing in what situation he stood in with them, on account of his preaching up the abrogation of the ceremonial law, and how difficult it might be for him to obtain their belief in what he should say, he introduces it with a solemn oath, "I say the truth in Christ, I lie not": which refers not to what he had said in the foregoing chapter, but to what he was going to say; and is all one as if he had said, as I am in Christ, a converted person, one born again, and renewed in the spirit of my mind, what I am about to speak is truth, and no lie; or I swear by Christ the God of truth, who is truth itself, and I appeal to him as the true God, the searcher of hearts, that what I now deliver is truth, and nothing but truth, and has no falsehood in it. This both shows that the taking of an oath is lawful, and that Christ is truly God, by whom only persons ought to swear:

my conscience bearing me witness. The apostle, besides his appeal to Christ, calls his conscience to witness to the truth of his words; and this is as a thousand witnesses; there is in every man a conscience, which unless seared as with a red hot iron, will accuse or excuse, and bear a faithful testimony to words and actions; and especially a conscience enlightened, cleansed, and sanctified by the Spirit of God, as was the apostle's: hence he adds,

in the Holy Ghost; meaning either that his conscience was influenced and directed by the Holy Ghost in what he was about to say; or it bore witness in and with the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost with that; so that here are three witnesses called in, Christ, conscience, and the Holy Ghost; and by three such witnesses, his words must be thought to be well established. CHAPTER 9

Ro 9:1-33. The Bearing of the Foregoing Truths upon the Condition and Destiny of the Chosen People—Election—The Calling of the Gentiles.

Too well aware that he was regarded as a traitor to the dearest interests of his people (Ac 21:33; 22:22; 25:24), the apostle opens this division of his subject by giving vent to his real feelings with extraordinary vehemence of protestation.

1, 2. I say the truth in Christ—as if steeped in the spirit of Him who wept over impenitent and doomed Jerusalem (compare Ro 1:9; 2Co 12:19; Php 1:8).

my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost—"my conscience as quickened, illuminated, and even now under the direct operation of the Holy Ghost."9:1-5 Being about to discuss the rejection of the Jews and the calling of the Gentiles, and to show that the whole agrees with the sovereign electing love of God, the apostle expresses strongly his affection for his people. He solemnly appeals to Christ; and his conscience, enlightened and directed by the Holy Spirit, bore witness to his sincerity. He would submit to be treated as accursed, to be disgraced, crucified; and even for a time be in the deepest horror and distress; if he could rescue his nation from the destruction about to come upon them for their obstinate unbelief. To be insensible to the eternal condition of our fellow-creatures, is contrary both to the love required by the law, and the mercy of the gospel. They had long been professed worshippers of Jehovah. The law, and the national covenant which was grounded thereon, belonged to them. The temple worship was typical of salvation by the Messiah, and the means of communion with God. All the promises concerning Christ and his salvation were given to them. He is not only over all, as Mediator, but he is God blessed for ever.
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