New International Version
but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal.
King James Bible
But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
Darby Bible Translation
But Israel, pursuing after a law of righteousness, has not attained to [that] law.
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;
Romans 9:31 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
But Israel, which followed after - But the Jews, who have hitherto been the people of God, though they have been industrious in observing a rule by which they supposed they could secure the blessings of God's peculiar kingdom, yet have not come up to the true and only rule by which those blessings can be secured.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryApril 1. "Vessels of Mercy which He had Afore Prepared unto Glory" (Rom. Ix. 23).
"Vessels of mercy which he had afore prepared unto glory" (Rom. ix. 23). Our Father is fitting us for eternity. A vessel fitted for the kitchen will find itself in the kitchen. A vessel for the art gallery or the reception room will generally find itself there at last. What are you getting fitted for? To be a slop-pail to hold all the stuff that people pour into your ears, or a vase to hold sweet fragrance and flowers for the King's palace and a harp of many strings that sounds the melodies and harmonies …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
Concerning God's Purpose
Letter Lxxxv. To Paulinus.
"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;
Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith.
What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith;
For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.
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."
What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened,
You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.
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