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10 Brothers, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. For I testify about them that they have (A)a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For not knowing about the (B)righteousness of God and (C)seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. For (D)Christ is the [a]end of the law for righteousness to (E)everyone who believes.

Faith Comes by Hearing

For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of law: “(F)The man who does these things shall live by them.” But (G)the righteousness of faith speaks in this way: “(H)Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will go up into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down), or ‘Who will go down into the (I)abyss?’ (that is, to (J)bring Christ up from the dead).” But what does it say? “(K)The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, [b]that (L)if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and (M)believe in your heart that (N)God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, [c]leading to righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, [d]leading to salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “(O)Whoever believes upon Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For (P)there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is (Q)Lord of (R)all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him, 13 for “(S)Whoever calls 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 (T)whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without (U)a preacher? 15 And how will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “(V)How beautiful are the feet of those who (W)proclaim good news of good things!”

16 However, they (X)did not all heed the [e]good news, for Isaiah says, “(Y)Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So faith comes from (Z)hearing, and hearing by (AA)the word [f]of Christ.

18 But I say, have they never heard? On the contrary, they have;

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

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

(AC)I will (AD)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,

(AE)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, “(AF)All day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.”


  1. Romans 10:4 Or goal
  2. Romans 10:9 Or because
  3. Romans 10:10 Lit to righteousness
  4. Romans 10:10 Lit to salvation
  5. Romans 10:16 Or gospel
  6. Romans 10:17 Or concerning Christ
  7. Romans 10:18 Or inhabited earth