Romans 10:21

21 But of Israel he says, 1"All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people."

Romans 10:21 Meaning and Commentary

Romans 10:21

But to Israel he saith
Or against Israel, or concerning Israel he saith in the same prophecy in ( Isaiah 65:2 ) .

All day long I have stretched forth my hands, unto a disobedient and
gainsaying people:
very rightly does the apostle apply these words to Israel, as he does the former to the Gentiles; and just in like manner does the above mentioned Jewish writer, R. Moses the priest, interpret them. The Lord's "stretching out [his] hands all the day long" to them, designs the ministry of the prophets one after another to them, the preaching of John the Baptist, of Christ and his apostles among them: but they were a stiffnecked and rebellious people, uncircumcised in heart and ears; would have none of his counsel, and despised his reproof; contradicted and blasphemed the word; rejected the Messiah and his Gospel; killed the Prince of life, and persecuted his apostles; so that it was just with God to write a "Lo-ammi", ( Hosea 1:9 ) , upon them, and cast them off; and, to pave the way for the account of the rejection of these people in the next chapter, is all this said, and these testimonies produced.

Romans 10:21 In-Context

19 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says, "I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry."
20 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, "I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me."
21 But of Israel he says, "All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people."

Cross References 1

  • 1. Cited from Isaiah 65:2
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