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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Romans 10:1-11

The scope of the apostle in this part of the chapter is to show the vast difference between the righteousness of the law and the righteousness of faith, and the great pre-eminence of the righteousness of faith above that of the law; that he might induce and persuade the Jews to believe in Christ, aggravate the folly and sin of those that refused, and justify God in the rejection of such refusers. I. Paul here professes his good affection to the Jews, with the reason of it (Rom. 10:1, 2), where... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Romans 10:1-13

10:1-13 Brothers, the desire of my heart for the Jews and my prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. I do say this for them--that they do have a zeal for God, but it is not a zeal which is based on a real knowledge. For they do not realize that a man can only achieve the status of righteousness by God's gift, and they seek to establish their own status, and so they have not submitted themselves to that power of God which alone can make them righteous in his sight. For Christ is the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Romans 10:9

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus ,.... That is, if a man shall make a good, sincere, and hearty confession to God, before the church and people of God, and before the world, that Christ is his Lord and Saviour, whom he desires to serve, and to be saved by; and this as arising from a comfortable experience of the grace of God in his soul, and from a true faith in Christ in his heart, wherefore it follows, and shall believe in thine heart, that God hath raised him... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Romans 10:9

That if thou shalt confess, etc. - Acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ as the only Savior. Believe in thy heart that he who died for thy offenses has been raised for thy justification; and depend solely on him for that justification, and thou shalt be saved. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Romans 10:9

Verse 9 9.That if thou wilt confess, etc. Here is also an allusion, rather than a proper and strict quotation: for it is very probable that Moses used the word mouth, by taking a part for the whole, instead of the wordface, or sight. But it was not unsuitable for the Apostle to allude to the word mouth, in this manner: — “Since the Lord sets his word before our face, no doubt he calls upon us to confess it.” For wherever the word of the Lord is, it ought to bring forth fruit; and the fruit is... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 10:1-11

The freeness of salvation. The apostle's heart yearns for his people. For he recognizes their sincerity in much of their grievous mistaking of the ways of God. They had zeal for God, though the zeal was unreasonable and irreligious. Unreasonable; for how can man make himself just before God, guilty and sinful as he is? and why should the Jew think that, if this were possible, only one small portion of the race should be suffered to work out its righteousness? Irreligious; for instead of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 10:1-11

Confession of a risen Saviour. In the previous chapter we saw a Christian patriot lamenting that so many of his fellow-countrymen, through rejecting God's mercy manifested in Christ Jesus, were becoming mere vessels of wrath fitted for destruction. At the same time, he sees in Divine sovereignty, its incidence and its justice, the real clue to the philosophy of history and the progress of the world. In the present chapter he discusses the rejection of Israel and its reasons, and the nature... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 10:5-10

Gracious terms of salvation. The blessings of the gospel were designed for, and were offered to, Jews and Gentiles alike, with the most perfect impartiality. The descendants of Abraham, the disciples of Moses, did indeed enjoy an advantage; but, instead of profiting by it, they turned it against themselves. The apostle here teaches that if any of his kinsmen and countrymen come short of Christian privilege, the fault is their own, and cannot be laid to the Divine Author. St. Paul so... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 10:5-13

The simplicity of the gospel. The apostle here contrasts the simplicity of God's plan of salvation with the efforts which men have made to work out a righteousness for themselves. Salvation is gained— I. NOT BY OUR OWN GOOD WORKS . "Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the Law, That the man who doeth those things shall live by them" ( Romans 10:5 ). If this were the condition of salvation, how hopeless would our condition be! None of us could say that we had... read more

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