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?
Darby Bible Translation
For what? if some have not believed, shall their unbelief make the faith of God of none effect?
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?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For what if some did not believe? - This is to be regarded as another objection of a Jew. "What then? or what follows? if it be admitted that some of the nation did not believe, does it not follow that the faithfulness of God in his promises will fail?" The points of the objection are these:
(1) The apostle had maintained that the nation was sinful Romans 2; that is, that they had not obeyed or believed God.
(2) This, the objector for the time admits or supposes in relation to some of them. But,
(3) he asks whether this does not involve a consequence which is not admissible, that God is unfaithful.
Did not the fact that God chose them as his people, and entered into covenant with them, imply that the Jews should be kept from perdition? It was evidently their belief that all Jews would be saved, and this belief they grounded on his covenant with their fathers. The doctrine of the apostle Romans 2 would seem to imply that in certain respects they were on a level with the Gentile nations; that if they sinned, they would be treated just like the pagan; and hence, they asked of what value was the promise of God? Had it not become vain and nugatory?
Of none effect - Destroy it; or prevent him from fulfilling his promises. The meaning of the objection is, that the fact supposed, that the Jews would become unfaithful and be lost, would imply that God had failed to keep his promises to the nation; or that he had made promises which the result showed he was not able to perform.
LibraryGod Justified, Though Man Believes Not
"For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, and every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged."--Romans 3:3,4. The seed of Israel had great privileges even before the coming of Christ. God had promised by covenant that they should have those privileges; and they did enjoy them. They had a revelation and a light divine, while all the world …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 38: 1892
How Christ is the Way in General, "I am the Way. "
However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, "LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?"
2 Timothy 2:13
If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.
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