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Romans 10 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Brothers and sisters, the thing I want most is for all the Jews to be saved. That is my prayer to God. 1 Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.
2 I can say this about them: They really try to follow God, but they do not know the right way. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.
3 Because they did not know the way that God makes people right with him, they tried to make themselves right in their own way. So they did not accept God's way of making people right. 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 ended the law so that everyone who believes in him may be right with God. 4 Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
5 Moses writes about being made right by following the law. He says, "A person who obeys these things will live because of them." 5 Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: "The man who does these things will live by them."
6 But this is what the Scripture says about being made right through faith: "Don't say to yourself, 'Who will go up into heaven?' " (That means, "Who will go up to heaven and bring Christ down to earth?") 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 "And do not say, 'Who will go down into the world below?' " (That means, "Who will go down and bring Christ up from the dead?") 7 "or 'Who will descend into the deep?' " (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).
8 This is what the Scripture says: "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart." That is the teaching of faith that we are telling. 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 use your mouth to say, "Jesus is Lord," and if you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, 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 We believe with our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we use our mouths to say that we believe, and so we 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 As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be disappointed." 11 As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
12 That Scripture says "anyone" because there is no difference between those who are Jews and those who are not. The same Lord is the Lord of all and gives many blessings to all who trust in 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 as the Scripture says, "Anyone who calls on the Lord will be saved." 13 for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
14 But before people can ask the Lord for help, they must believe in him; and before they can believe in him, they must hear about him; and for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them; 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 and before someone can go and tell them, that person must be sent. It is written, "How beautiful is the person who comes to bring 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 all the Jews accepted the good news. Isaiah said, "Lord, who believed what we told them?" 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 Good News, and people hear the Good News when someone tells them about Christ. 17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
18 But I ask: Didn't people hear the Good News? Yes, they heard -- as the Scripture says: "Their message went out through all the world; their words go everywhere on 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 the people of Israel understand? Yes, they did understand. First, Moses says: "I will use those who are not a nation to make you jealous. I will use a nation that does not understand to make you angry." Deuteronomy 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 Then Isaiah is bold enough to say: "I was found by those who were not asking me for help. I made myself known to people who were not looking 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 But about Israel God says, "All day long I stood ready to accept people who disobey and are stubborn." 21 But concerning Israel he says, "All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people."