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Romans 10 International Standard Version (ISV)

The Person who Believes will be Saved

10 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God about the Jews[a] is that they would be saved. For I can testify on their behalf that they have a zeal for God, but it is not in keeping with full knowledge. For they are ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God while they try to establish their own, and they have not submitted to God’s means to attain[b] righteousness. For the Messiah[c] is the culmination[d] of the Law as far as righteousness is concerned for everyone who believes.

For Moses writes about the righteousness that comes from the Law as follows: “The person who obeys these things will find life by them.”[e] But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will go up to heaven?’ (that is, to bring the Messiah[f] down), or ‘Who will go down into the depths?’ (that is, to bring the Messiah[g] back from the dead).”

But what does it say? “The message is near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart.”[h] This is the message about faith that we are proclaiming: If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For one believes with his heart and is justified, and declares with his mouth and is saved. 11 The Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will never be ashamed.”[i] 12 There is no difference between Jew and Greek, because they all have the same Lord, who gives richly to all who call on him. 13 “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord[j] will be saved.”[k]

14 How, then, can people[l] call on someone they have not believed? And how can they believe in someone they have not heard about? And how can they hear without someone preaching? 15 And how can people[m] preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are[n] those who bring the good news!”[o] 16 But not everyone has obeyed the gospel, for Isaiah asks, “Lord, who has believed our message?”[p] 17 Consequently, faith results from listening, and listening results through the word of the Messiah.[q]

18 But I ask, “Didn’t they hear?” Certainly they did! In fact,

“Their voice has gone out into the whole world,
    and their words to the ends of the earth.”[r]

19 Again I ask, “Did Israel not understand?” Moses was the first to say,

“I will make you jealous
    by those who are not a nation;
I will make you angry
    by a nation that doesn’t understand.”[s]

20 And Isaiah boldly says,

“I was found by those who were not looking for me;
    I was revealed to those who were not asking for me.”[t]

21 But about Israel he says,

“All day long I have held out my hands
    to a disobedient and rebellious people.”[u]

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 10:1 Lit. on behalf of them
  2. Romans 10:3 The Gk. lacks means to attain
  3. Romans 10:4 Or Christ
  4. Romans 10:4 Or end
  5. Romans 10:5 Lev 18:5
  6. Romans 10:6 Or Christ
  7. Romans 10:7 Or Christ
  8. Romans 10:8 Cf. Deut 9:4; 30:12-14
  9. Romans 10:11 Isa 28:16
  10. Romans 10:13 MT source citation reads Lord
  11. Romans 10:13 Cf. Joel 2:32
  12. Romans 10:14 Lit. they
  13. Romans 10:15 Lit. they
  14. Romans 10:15 Lit. are the feet of
  15. Romans 10:15 Isa 52:7
  16. Romans 10:16 Isa 53:1
  17. Romans 10:17 Or Christ; other mss. read of God
  18. Romans 10:18 Cf. Ps 19:4
  19. Romans 10:19 Cf. Deut 32:21
  20. Romans 10:20 Cf. Isa 65:1
  21. Romans 10:21 Cf. Isa 65:2 (LXX)
International Standard Version (ISV)

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Romans 10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Word of Faith Brings Salvation

10 Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the [a]end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is [b]based on law shall live [c]by that righteousness. But the righteousness [d]based on faith speaks as follows: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down), or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, [e]that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, [f]resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, [g]resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be [h]disappointed.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who [i]bring good news of good things!”

16 However, they did not all heed the [j]good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word [k]of Christ.

18 But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? Indeed they have;

Their voice has gone out into all the earth,
And their words to the ends of the [l]world.”

19 But I say, surely Israel did not know, did they? First Moses says,

I will make you jealous by that which is not a nation,
By a nation without understanding will I anger you.”

20 And Isaiah is very bold and says,

I was found by those who did not seek Me,
I became manifest to those who did not ask for Me.”

21 But as for Israel He says, “All the day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.”

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 10:4 Or goal
  2. Romans 10:5 Lit out of, from
  3. Romans 10:5 Lit by it
  4. Romans 10:6 Lit out of, from
  5. Romans 10:9 Or because
  6. Romans 10:10 Lit to righteousness
  7. Romans 10:10 Lit to salvation
  8. Romans 10:11 Lit put to shame
  9. Romans 10:15 Or preach the gospel
  10. Romans 10:16 Or gospel
  11. Romans 10:17 Or concerning Christ
  12. Romans 10:18 Or inhabited earth
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Romans 10 New King James Version (NKJV)

Israel Needs the Gospel

10 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for [a]Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Israel Rejects the Gospel

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 unless they are sent? As it is written:

“How beautiful are the feet of those who [b]preach the gospel of peace,
Who 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.

18 But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed:

“Their sound has gone out to all the earth,
And their words to the ends of the world.”

19 But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says:

“I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation,
I will move you to anger by a foolish nation.”

20 But Isaiah is very bold and says:

“I was found by those who did not seek Me;
I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.”

21 But to Israel he says:

“All day long I have stretched out My hands
To a disobedient and contrary people.”

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 10:1 NU them
  2. Romans 10:15 NU omits preach the gospel of peace, Who
New King James Version (NKJV)

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Romans 10 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

10 Brothers, my heart’s deepest desire and my prayer to God for Isra’el is for their salvation; for I can testify to their zeal for God. But it is not based on correct understanding; for, since they are unaware of God’s way of making people righteous and instead seek to set up their own, they have not submitted themselves to God’s way of making people righteous. For the goal at which the Torah aims is the Messiah, who offers righteousness to everyone who trusts. For Moshe writes about the righteousness grounded in the Torah that the person who does these things will attain life through them.[a] Moreover, the righteousness grounded in trusting says:

“Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend to heaven?’”

that is, to bring the Messiah down — or,

“‘Who will descend into Sh’ol?’” —

that is, to bring the Messiah up from the dead. What, then, does it say?

“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.”[b]

that is, the word about trust which we proclaim, namely, that if you acknowledge publicly with your mouth that Yeshua is Lord and trust in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be delivered. 10 For with the heart one goes on trusting and thus continues toward righteousness, while with the mouth one keeps on making public acknowledgement and thus continues toward deliverance. 11 For the passage quoted says that everyone who rests his trust on him will not be humiliated.[c] 12 That means that there is no difference between Jew and Gentile — Adonai is the same for everyone, rich toward everyone who calls on him, 13 since everyone who calls on the name of Adonai will be delivered.[d]

14 But how can they call on someone if they haven’t trusted in him? And how can they trust in someone if they haven’t heard about him? And how can they hear about someone if no one is proclaiming him? 15 And how can people proclaim him unless God sends them? — as the Tanakh puts it, “How beautiful are the feet of those announcing good news about good things!”[e]

16 The problem is that they haven’t all paid attention to the Good News and obeyed it. For Yesha‘yahu says,

Adonai, who has trusted what he has heard from us?”[f]

17 So trust comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through a word proclaimed about the Messiah.

18 “But, I say, isn’t it rather that they didn’t hear?” No, they did hear —

“Their voice has gone out throughout the whole world
and their words to the ends of the earth.”[g]

19 “But, I say, isn’t it rather that Isra’el didn’t understand?”

“I will provoke you to jealousy over a non-nation,
over a nation void of understanding I will make you angry.”[h]

20 Moreover, Yesha‘yahu boldly says,

“I was found by those who were not looking for me,
I became known to those who did not ask for me”;[i]

21 but to Isra’el he says,

“All day long I held out my hands
to a people who kept disobeying and contradicting.”[j]

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 10:5 Leviticus 18:5
  2. Romans 10:8 Deuteronomy 30:11–14
  3. Romans 10:11 Isaiah 28:16
  4. Romans 10:13 Joel 3:5(2:32)
  5. Romans 10:15 Isaiah 52:7
  6. Romans 10:16 Isaiah 53:1
  7. Romans 10:18 Psalm 19:5(4)
  8. Romans 10:19 Deuteronomy 32:21
  9. Romans 10:20 Isaiah 65:1
  10. Romans 10:21 Isaiah 65:2
Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

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