'Says' in the Bible
In the day when God will be a judge of the secrets of men, as it says in the good news of which I am a preacher, through Jesus Christ.
The one who says not to commit adultery, do you commit adultery? The one who abhors idols, do you rob temples?
Now we know that whatever the law says speaks to those who are subject to the law, so that every mouth may be shut and the whole world may become subject to God's judgment.
For what says the Scripture? "And Abraham believed God, and this was placed to his credit as righteousness."
As David says that there is a blessing on the man to whose account God puts righteousness without works, saying,
"Blessed," he says, "are those whose iniquities have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered over.
This agrees with the other Scripture which says, "Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated."
For he says to Moses, "I will be merciful to the person I want to be merciful to, and I will be kind to the person I want to be kind to."
For the Scripture says about Pharaoh, "I have raised you up for this very purpose, to demonstrate my power through you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."
As He also says in Hosea: I will call "Not-My-People," "My-People," and she who is "Unloved," "Beloved."
And Isaiah says about Israel, Even if the number of the children of Israel is as the sand of the sea, only a small part will get salvation:
Even as Isaiah says in an earlier place, "Were it not that the Lord, the God of Hosts, had left us some few descendants, we should have become like Sodom, and have come to resemble Gomorrah."
For Moses says that the man who does the righteousness which is of the law will get life by it.
But the righteousness that comes from faith says, "Do not say in your heart, "Who will go up to heaven?' (that is, to bring the Messiah down),
But what says it? The word is near thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach:
For with the heart man has faith to get righteousness, and with the mouth he says that Jesus is Lord to get salvation.
Now the Scripture says, No one who believes on Him will be put to shame,
But all did not obey the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our message?
But I ask, Have they not heard? Indeed they have; [for the Scripture says] Their voice [that of nature bearing God's message] has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the far bounds of the world.
But I say, Has not Israel known? First, Moses says, I will provoke you to jealousy through them that are not a nation: through a nation without understanding I will anger you.
And Isaiah says boldly: I was found by those who were not looking for Me; I revealed Myself to those who were not asking for Me.
But to Israel he says: All day long I have spread out My hands to a disobedient and defiant people.
God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the Elijah section-how he pleads with God against Israel?
But what says the divine answer to him? I have left to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed knee to Baal.
And so Scripture says, "God has given them a spirit of drowsiness--eyes to see nothing with and ears to hear nothing with--even until now."
And David says: Let their feasting become a snare and a trap, a pitfall and a retribution to them.
Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord.
For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will give praise to God.
Again it says: Rejoice, you Gentiles, with His people!
And again, Isaiah says: The root of Jesse will appear, the One who rises to rule the Gentiles; in Him the Gentiles will hope.
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