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

New Living Translation
But the people of Israel, who tried so hard to get right with God by keeping the law, never succeeded.

English Standard Version
but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law.

New American Standard Bible
but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law.

King James Bible
But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Israel, pursuing the law for righteousness, has not achieved the righteousness of the law.

International Standard Version
But Israel, who pursued righteousness based on the Law, did not achieve the Law.

NET Bible
but Israel even though pursuing a law of righteousness did not attain it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Israel that had run after The Written Law of righteousness did not obtain the Law of righteousness?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people of Israel tried to gain God's approval by obeying Moses' Teachings, but they did not reach their goal.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.

King James 2000 Bible
But Israel, who followed after the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.

American King James Version
But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.

American Standard Version
but Israel, following after a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Israel, by following after the law of justice, is not come unto the law of justice.

Darby Bible Translation
But Israel, pursuing after a law of righteousness, has not attained to [that] law.

English Revised Version
but Israel, following after a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Israel, who followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.

Weymouth New Testament
while the descendants of Israel, who were in pursuit of a Law that could give righteousness, have not arrived at one.

World English Bible
but Israel, following after a law of righteousness, didn't arrive at the law of righteousness.

Young's Literal Translation
and Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, at a law of righteousness did not arrive;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:30-33 The Gentiles knew not their guilt and misery, therefore were not careful to procure a remedy. Yet they attained to righteousness by faith. Not by becoming proselytes to the Jewish religion, and submitting to the ceremonial law; but by embracing Christ, and believing in him, and submitting to the gospel. The Jews talked much of justification and holiness, and seemed very ambitious to be the favourites of God. They sought, but not in the right way, not in the humbling way, not in the appointed way. Not by faith, not by embracing Christ, depending upon Christ, and submitting to the gospel. They expected justification by observing the precepts and ceremonies of the law of Moses. The unbelieving Jews had a fair offer of righteousness, life, and salvation, made them upon gospel terms, which they did not like, and would not accept. Have we sought to know how we may be justified before God, seeking that blessing in the way here pointed out, by faith in Christ, as the Lord our Righteousness? Then we shall not be ashamed in that awful day, when all refuges of lies shall be swept away, and the Divine wrath shall overflow every hiding-place but that which God hath prepared in his own Son.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness,.... The Israelites, the far greater part of the Jews, who were not called by the grace of God, were all very zealous of the law, called "the law of righteousness"; because the matter of it was righteous, it was so in its own nature; and because perfect obedience to it is righteousness; as also because they sought for righteousness by the deeds of it. They very violently and eagerly pursued after it, they tugged and toiled, and laboured with all their might, as persons in running a race, to get up to the law, and the righteousness of it; and yet Israel, with all the pains and labour taken,

hath not attained to the law of righteousness: some of them fancied they had, supposing an external conformity to it, to be all that it insisted upon; not knowing the spirituality of it, that it required truth and holiness in the inward parts; and that he that offended in one point of it, was guilty of all, and therefore could not be justified by it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

31. But Israel, which followed—"following"

after the law of righteousness, hath not attained—"attained not"

unto the law of righteousness—The word "law" is used here, we think, in the same sense as in Ro 7:23, to denote "a principle of action"; that is, "Israel, though sincerely and steadily aiming at acceptance with God, nevertheless missed it."

Romans 9:31 Additional Commentaries
Context
Israel's Unbelief
30What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; 31but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. 32Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone,…
Cross References
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 3:27
Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith.

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 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,

Galatians 5:4
You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.
Treasury of Scripture

But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.

followed.

Romans 9:30-32 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after …

Romans 10:2-4 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according …

Galatians 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there …

Philippians 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness …

hath.

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified …

Romans 4:14,15 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and …

Romans 11:7 What then? Israel has not obtained that which he seeks for; but the …

Galatians 3:10,11 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for …

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

James 2:10,11 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, …

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