Romans 10:1

Desire (eudokia). No papyri examples of this word, though eudokhsi occurs, only in LXX and N.T., but no example for "desire" unless this is one, though the verb eudokew is common in Polybius, Diodorus, Dion, Hal. It means will, pleasure, satisfaction ( Matthew 11:26 ; 2 Thessalonians 1:11 ; Philippians 1:15 ; Philippians 2:13 ; Ephesians 1:5 Ephesians 1:9 ). Supplication (dehsi). Late word from deomai, to want, to beg, to pray. In the papyri. See Luke 1:13 . It is noteworthy that, immediately after the discussion of the rejection of Christ by the Jews, Paul prays so earnestly for the Jews "that they may be saved" (ei swthrian), literally "unto salvation." Clearly Paul did not feel that the case was hopeless for them in spite of their conduct. Bengel says: Non orasset Paul si absolute reprobati essent (Paul would not have prayed if they had been absolutely reprobate). Paul leaves God's problem to him and pours out his prayer for the Jews in accordance with his strong words in Luke 9:1-5 .

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