Romans 10

As it is written; in Isa. 8:14, and 28:16.

God's righteousness; the way in which God will really justify the sinner.

Lev. 18:5. The quotation is intended to show that obedience, that is perfect obedience, which the apostle had before proved to be unattainable, was the only condition on which men could be saved by the law.

(See Deut. 30:11-14.) The first clause in each verse is quoted from that passage; the last expresses the application, which Paul makes of the language to salvation by Christ. The idea is, that salvation by faith in Christ is ready at hand, and is freely offered to all.

We are thus taught that the faith of the believer must not only be heartfelt and sincere, but it must be openly avowed.

Whosoever; whether Gentile or Jew.—Ashamed; disappointed.

Shall call upon the name of the Lord; shall look to Jesus, and rely upon him, instead of upon their own good deeds.

How beautiful are the feet; how welcome is the coming.

By the word of God; by the public preaching of the word of God.

Their sound; the voices of the preachers of the gospel. The language is quoted from Ps. 19:4, and is here employed to express the extensive promulgation which the gospel had received.

Did not Israel know? Did they not know that the favor of God which they rejected was to be bestowed on the Gentile nations?—Them that are no people; the Gentiles.—A foolish nation; a people despised.

The intent and meaning of the several detached verses of this chapter, and their general bearing upon the subject of discussion, seem sufficiently clear; but the manner in which they were logically related to each other in the author's mind is less obvious. The links of connection are variously supplied by the conjectures of commentators.

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