1 Brothers, the earnest desire and prayer of my heart for Israel is for their salvation. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God but not according to knowledge; 3 for not knowing God's righteousness, and seeking to set up their righteousness, they have not submitted themselves to God's righteousness. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes. 5 For Moses describes the righteousness of the law, that the man that does these things shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness by faith speaks thus; Say not in your mind, who shall ascend into heaven???hat is, to bring Christ down,??7 or who shall descend into the abyss???hat is, to bring Christ up from the dead. 8 But what does it say? The word is nigh you, in your mouth and in your mind; that is, the word of the faith which we preach. 9 For if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe with your mind that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved; 10 for with the mind we believe to righteousness, and with the mouth we confess to salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, No one that believes in him shall be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord of all is rich to all that call upon him. 13 For every one that calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without one preaching? 15 and how shall they preach unless they have been sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those that publish good news of peace, that publish good news of good things. 16 But all did not obey the gospel; for Isaiah says, Lord, who believed our report? 17 Faith therefore comes by the report, and the report by the word of God. 18 But I say, Did they not hear? Yes indeed; their voice went into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.
19 But I say, did not Israel know? First, Moses says, I will provoke you by that which is not a nation, and by a foolish nation will I excite you to anger.
20 But Isaiah is more bold and says, I was found by them that sought me not, I was made manifest to them that inquired not after me.
21 But in respect to Israel he says, All the day I stretched out my hands to a disobedient and contradicting people.