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1 Brothers and sisters, my heart's desire and prayer to God on behalf of the Jewish people is that they would be saved. 1 Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.
2 I can assure you that they are deeply devoted to God, but they are misguided. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.
3 They don't understand [how to receive] God's approval. So they try to set up their own way to get it, and they have not accepted God's way for receiving his approval. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness.
4 Christ is the fulfillment of Moses' Teachings so that everyone who has faith may receive God's approval. 4 Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
5 Moses writes about receiving God's approval by following his laws. He says, "The person who obeys laws will live because of the laws he obeys." 5 Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: "The man who does these things will live by them."
6 However, Scripture says about God's approval which is based on faith, "Don't ask yourself who will go up to heaven," (that is, to bring Christ down). 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?' " (that is, to bring Christ down)
7 "Don't ask who will go down into the depths," (that is, to bring Christ back from the dead). 7 "or 'Who will descend into the deep?' " (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).
8 However, what else does it say? "This message is near you. It's in your mouth and in your heart." This is the message of faith that we spread. 8 But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:
9 If you declare that Jesus is Lord, and believe that God brought him back to life, you will be saved. 9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 By believing you receive God's approval, and by declaring your faith you are saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
11 Scripture says, "Whoever believes in him will not be ashamed." 11 As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
12 There is no difference between Jews and Greeks. They all have the same Lord, who gives his riches to everyone who calls on him. 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,
13 So then, "Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." 13 for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
14 But how can people call on him if they have not believed in him? How can they believe in him if they have not heard his message? How can they hear if no one tells [the Good News]? 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
15 How can people tell the Good News if no one sends them? As Scripture says, "How beautiful are the feet of the messengers who announce the Good News." 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
16 But not everyone has believed the Good News. Isaiah asks, "Lord, who has believed our message?" 16 But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our message?"
17 So faith comes from hearing the message, and the message that is heard is what Christ spoke. 17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
18 But I ask, "Didn't they hear that message?" Certainly they did! "The voice of the messengers has gone out into the whole world and their words to the ends of the earth." 18 But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did: "Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world."
19 Again I ask, "Didn't Israel understand [that message]?" Moses was the first to say, "I will make you jealous of people who are not a nation. I will make you angry about a nation that doesn't understand." 19 Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says, "I will make you envious by those who are not a nation; I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding."
20 Isaiah said very boldly, "I was found by those who weren't looking for me. I was revealed to those who weren't asking for me." 20 And Isaiah boldly says, "I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me."
21 Then Isaiah said about Israel, "All day long I have stretched out my hands to disobedient and rebellious people." 21 But concerning Israel he says, "All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people."