1Brethren, my heart'sdesire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.
For I testify about them that they have1a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.
For not knowing about 2God'srighteousness and 3seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.
For 4Christ is the aend of the law for righteousness to 5everyone who believes.
For Moseswrites that the man who practices the righteousness which is bbased on law6shall livecby that righteousness.
But 7the righteousnessdbased on faithspeaks as follows: "8DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, 'WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?' (that is, to bringChristdown ),
7or'WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE 9ABYSS?' (that is, to 10bringChrist up from the dead)."
But what does it say? "11THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, in your mouth and in your heart "-that is, the word of faithwhich we are preaching,
9ethat 12if you confess with your mouthJesus as Lord, and 13believe in your heart that 14Godraised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
for with the heart a person believes, fresulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, gresulting in salvation.
For the Scripturesays, "15WHOEVERBELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE hDISAPPOINTED."
For 16there is nodistinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is 17Lord of 18all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;
for "19WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."
14Howthen will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him 20whom they have not heard? And how will they hearwithout21a preacher?
15How will they preachunless they are sent? Just as it is written, "22HOWBEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO i23BRINGGOODNEWS OF GOODTHINGS!"
16However, they 24did not allheed the jgoodnews; for Isaiahsays, "25LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?"
17Sofaith comes from 26hearing, and hearing by 27the wordkof Christ.
But I say, surely they have neverheard, have they? Indeed they have; "28THEIR VOICE HAS GONE OUT INTO ALL THE EARTH, AND THEIR WORDS TO THE ENDS OF THE lWORLD."
But I say, surelyIsrael did not know, did they? FirstMosessays, "29I WILL 30MAKE YOU JEALOUS BY THAT WHICH IS NOT A NATION, BY A NATIONWITHOUTUNDERSTANDING WILL I ANGER20
And Isaiah is verybold and says, "31I WAS FOUND BY THOSE WHO DID NOT SEEK ME, I BECAMEMANIFEST TO THOSE WHO DID NOT ASK FOR ME."
But as for Israel He says, "32ALL THE DAY LONG I HAVE STRETCHED OUT MY HANDS TO A DISOBEDIENT AND OBSTINATEPEOPLE."