1 Oh for their salvation, brothers! That is my heart's desire and prayer to God! 2 I can vouch for their zeal for God; only, it is not zeal with knowledge. 3 They would not surrender to the righteousness of God, because they were ignorant of his righteousness and therefore essayed to set up a righteousness of their own. 4 Now Christ is an end to law, so as to let every believer have righteousness. 5 Moses writes of law-righteousness, Anyone who can perform it, shall live by it. 6 But here is what faith-righteousness says: ??Say not in your heart, 'Who will go up to heaven?' (that is, to bring Christ down). 7 Or, 'who will go down to the abyss?' (that is, to bring Christ from the dead). 8 No, what it does say is this: ??The word is close to you, in your very mouth and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach). 9 Confess with your mouth that 'Jesus is Lord,' believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, and you will be saved; 10 for with his heart man believes and is justified, with his mouth he confesses and is saved. 11 No one who believes in him, the scripture says, will ever be disappointed. No one ??12 for there is no distinction of Jew and Greek, the same Lord is Lord of them all, with ample for all who invoke him. 13 Everyone who invokes the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 But how are they to invoke One in whom they do not believe? And how are they to believe in One of whom they have never heard? And how are they ever to hear, without a preacher? 15 And how can men preach unless they are sent? ??as it is written, How pleasant is the coming of men with glad, good news! 16 But they have not all given in to the gospel of glad news? No, Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed what they heard from us? 17 (You see, faith must come from what is heard, and what is heard comes from word of Christ.) 18 But, I ask, "Have they never heard?" Indeed they have. Their voice carried over all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
19 Then, I ask, "Did Israel not understand?" Why, first of all Moses declares, I will make you jealous of a nation that is no nation, I will provoke you to anger over a nation devoid of understanding.
20 And then Isaiah dares to say, I have been found by those who never sought me, I have shown myself to those who never inquired of me.
21 He also says of Israel, All the day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.