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The letter to the
Christian works follow faith
The Jews have zeal
01 Brothers [and sisters], my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved, 02 for I bear them record that they have a zeal [or enthusiasm] of God, but not according to knowledge. 03 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God. 04 For Christ is the end of the law for [self] righteousness to every one that believes. Note 2
05 For Moses describes the righteousness which is of [or in] the law, that the man [or woman] which does those things shall live by them. 06 But the righteousness which is of [or after] faith speaks in this way,
Say not in your heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (That is, to bring Christ down from above:) 07 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (That is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) Note 3
08 But what says it?
The word is nigh [or near] you, even in your mouth, and in your heart:
that is, the word of faith, which we preach. Note 4
Confess and witness
09 That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved [for the same power is available to you]. 10 For with the heart man believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation. 11 For the Scripture says,
Whoever believes on Him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:
for the same Lord over all is rich to all that call upon Him. Note 5
Witnesses are necessary
13 For whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written,
How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says,
Lord, who has believed our report?
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Note 6
Every one has heard
18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.
19 But I say, Did not Israel know [more]? First Moses says,
I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
20 But Isaiah is very bold, and says,
I was found of them that sought Me not; I was made manifest to them that asked not after Me.
But He was rejected
21 But to Israel He says,
All day long I have stretched forth My hands to a disobedient and gainsaying people. Note 7
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