Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
What shall we hence conclude? that the Gentiles who sought not after justice, have obtained justice, even to that which is by faith:
for I bear them witness, that they have a zeal for God, but not guided by true knowledge.
Is the law then opposite to the promises? by no means. for if there had been a law given, which could have given life, certainly justification should have been by the law.
if zeal is to be regarded, I persecuted the church; if the integrity prescrib'd by the law, I am without reproach;
for by the observation of the law no one shall be justified in his sight, since it is the law that takes cognizance of sin.
for if they only who are of the law have right of possession, faith is made useless, and the promise becomes of no effect.
"What then, hath not Israel obtained what he sought for?" no, but the chosen remnant have obtained it, and the rest are obdurate to this day,
but they that rest themselves upon the works of the law, are obnoxious to the curse: for it is written, " cursed is every one, who continueth not in all things, which are written in the book of the law, to do them:"
for I testify to every man that is circumcised, that he is under an obligation to perform the whole law.
for he that violates but one precept of the whole law, is as obnoxious to punishment, as if he had broke thro' all the rest.