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TEXT. 28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: be

cause a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. 29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us

a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha. 30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after

righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness

which is of faith. 31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not

attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Wherefore ? Because they sought it not by faith, but (as it were) by

the works of the law: for they stumbled at that stumbling-stone;


sand of the sea, yet it is but b a remnant that shall be saved. 28 For the Lord, finishing and contracting, the account in

righteousness, shall make a short or small remainder in 29 the earth.” And, as Isaiah said before, “Unless the Lord of

hosts had left us a seed', we had been as Sodom, and been

made like unto Gomorrah;" we had utterly been extir30 pated. What then remains to be said but this ? That the

Gentiles, who sought not after righteousness, have obtained the

righteousness which is by faith, and thereby are become the 31 people of God; But the children of Israel, who followed

the law, which contained the rule of righteousness, have not attained to that law whereby righteousness is to be attained,

i. e. have not received the Gospel, and so are not the people 32 of God. How came they to miss it ? Because they sought

NOTES. 27 b “But a remnant.” There needs no more but to read the test, to see this to be

the meaning. 28 cóyou ouvleiunuévoy concer; "Shall make a contracted, or little account, or

overplus," a metaphor taken from an account, wherein the matter is so ordered, that the overplus, or remainder, standing still upon the account, is very

little. 29 d “A seed," Isaiah i. 9. The words are, a very small remnant.” 31 · See chap. x. 3, and xi. 6, 7. The apostle's design, in this and the following

chapter, is to show the reason, why the Jews were cast off from being the people of God, and the Gentiles admitted. From whence it follows, that by " attaining to righteousness, and to the law of righteousness,” here, is meant not attaining to the righteousness, which puts particular persons into the state of justification and salvation; but the acceptance of that law, the profession of that religion, wherein that righteousness is exhibited; which profession of that, which is now the only true religion, and owning ourselves under that law, which is now solely the law of God, puts any collective body of men into the state of being the people of God. For every one of the Jews and Gentiles, that attained to the law of righteousness, or to righteousness,” in the sense St. Paul speaks here, i. e. became a professor of the Christian religion, did not attain to eternal salvation. In the same sense must chap. &. 3, and xi. 7, 8, be understood.

TEXT. 33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling-stone, and rock of

offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. X. I Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that

they might be saved. 2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not accord

ing to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about

to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves

unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law, for righteousness, to every one that

believeth. 5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That

the man which doth these things shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say

not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven ? (that is, to bring Christ down from above :)

PARAPHRASE. not to attain it by faith; but as if it were to be obtained by

the works of the law. A crucified Messiah was a stumbling33 block to them f; and at that they stumbled, As it is written,

"Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling-block, and a rock of

offence : and whosoever believeth in him, shall not be X. 1 ashamed.” Brethren, my hearty desire and prayer to 2 God for Israel is, that they may be saved. For I bear them

witness that they are zealous 6, and as they think for God and

his law; but their zeal is not guided by true knowledge: 3 For they, being ignorant of the righteousness that is of God,

viz. That righteousness which he graciously bestows and accepts of; and going about to establish a righteousness of their own, which they seek for in their own performances; have not brought themselves to submit to the law of the Gospel,

wherein the righteousness of God, i. e. righteousness by faith, 4 is offered. For the end of the law h was to bring men to

Christ, that, by believing in him, every one that did so 5 might be justified by faith ; For Moses describeth the righte

ousness, that was to be had by the law, thus : “ That the

man which doth the things required in the law shall have 6 life thereby.” But the righteousness, which is of faith,

speaketh after this manner : “ Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven ?” that is, to bring down the Messiah from thence, whom we expect personally here on earth

NOTES. 32 See 1 Cor. i. 23. 2 & This their zeal for God, see described, Acts xxi. 27-31, and xxii, 3. 4 b See Gal. iii. 24.

TEXT. .7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ

again from the dead.) 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth,

and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt

PARAPHRASE. my to deliver us? “Or who shall descend into the deep?" i. e.

to bring up Christ again from the dead, to be our Saviour. You mistake the deliverance you expect by the Messiah: there needs not the

fetching him from the other world, to be present 8 with you: The deliverance by him is a deliverance from

sin, that you may be made righteous by faith in him, and that speaks thus: “ The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and

in thy heart;" that is, the word of faith, or the doctrine of the 9 Gospel, which we preach', viz. “If thou shalt confess with “thy

mouth ," i. e. openly own Jesus the Lord, i. e. Jesus to be the


NOTES. 8 i St. Paul had told them, ver. 4, that the end of the law was to bring them to

life, by faith in Christ, that they might be justified, and so be saved. To convince them of this, he brings three verses out of the book of the law itself, declaring that the way to life was by hearkening to that word, which was ready in the mouth and in their heart, and that, therefore, they had no reason to reject Jesus the Christ, because he died and was now removed into heaven, and was remote from them; their very law proposed life to them, by something nigh them, that might lead them to their deliverer : by words and doctrines, that might be always at hand, in their mouths and in their hearts, and so lead them to Christ, i. e. to that faith in him, which the apostle preached to them: I sub

mit to the attentive reader, whether this be not the meaning of this place. 9k The expectation of the Jews was, that the Messiah, who was promised

them, was to be their deliverer, and so far were they in the right. But that, which they expected to be delivered from, at his appearing, was the power and dominion of strangers. When our Saviour came, their reckoning was up; and the miracles which Jesus did concurred to persuade them that it was he: but his obscure birth, and mean appearance, suited not with that power and splendour, they had fancied to themselves, he should come in. This, with his denouncing to them the ruin of their temple and state at hand, set the rulers against him, and held the body of the Jews in suspense till his crucifixion, and that gave a full turn of their minds from him. They had figured him a mighty prince, at the head of their nation, setting them free from all foreign power, and theme selves at ease, and happy under his glorious reign. But when at the passover the whole people were witnesses of his death, they gave up all thought of deli. verance by him. He was gone, they saw him no more, and it was past doubt a dead man could not be the Messiah, or deliverer, even of those who believed him. It is against these prejudices, that what St. Paul says, in this and the three preceding verses, seems directed, wherein he teaches them, that there was no need to fetch the Messiah out of heaven, or out of the grave, and bring him personally among them. For the deliverance he was to work for them, the salvation by him was salvation from sin, and condemnation for that : and that was to be had TEXT. believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,

thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the

mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be

ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek : for the

same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

PARAPHRASE. Messiah, thy Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God

hath raised him from the dead', otherwise he cannot be be10 lieved to be the Messiah, thou shalt be saved. It was not for

nothing that Moses, in the place above cited, mentioned both heart and mouth ; there is use of both in the case. For with

the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the 11 mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture

saith, “Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed :" 12 shall not repent his having believed, and owning it. The

Scripture saith, Whosoever, for in this case there is no distinction of Jew and Gentile. For it is he, the same who is

Lord of them all, and is abundantly bountiful to all that call 13 upon him. For whosoever shall call n


his name shall

NOTES. by barely believing and owning him to be the Messiah, their King, and that he was raised from the dead ; by this they would be saved, without his personal presence amongst them. T“ Raised him from the dead." The doctrine of the Lord Jesus being raised from the dead is certainly one of the most fuudamental articles of the Christian religion ; but yet there seems another reason why St. Paul here annexes salvation to the belief of it, which may be found ver. 7, where he teaches that it was not necessary for their salvation that they should have Christ out of his grave personally present amongst them; and here he gives them the reason, because if they did but own him for their Lord, and believe that he was raised, that

sufliced, they should be saved. 10 m Believing, and an open avowed profession of the Gospel, are required by our

Saviour, Mark xvi. 16. 13 - Whosoever hath with care looked into St. Paul's writings must own him to be a close reasoner,

that argues to the point; and therefore if, in the three preceding verses, he requires an open profession of the Gospel, I cannot but think that “all that call upon him,” ver. 12, signifies all that are open, professed Christians ; and if this be the meaning “ of calling upon him,” ver. 12, it is plain it must be the meaning “ of calling upon his name,” ver. 13; a phrase not very remote from “ naming his name,” which is used by St. Paul for professing Christianity, 2 Tim. ii. 19. If the meaning of the prophet Joel, from whom these words are taken, be urged, I shall only say that it will be an ill rule for interpreting St. Paul, to tie up his use of any text he brings out of the Old Testaanent, to that which is taken to be the ineaning of it there. We need go no farther

TEXT. 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 a preacher ? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent ? as it is written,

How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace,

and bring glad tidings of good things! 16 But they have not all obeyed the Gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord,

who hath believed our report?

PARAPHRASE. 14 be saved. But how shall they call upon him on whom they

have not believed ? And how shall they believe on him of

whom they have not heard ? And how shall they hear with15 out a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sento? As it is written,

6 How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad 16 tidings of good things !" But though there be messengers

sent from God to preach the Gospel, yet it is not to be expected that all should receive and obey it P. For Isaiah hath foretold that they should not, saying, “ Lord, who hath

NOTES. for an example than the 6th, 7th, and 8th verses of this chapter, which I desire any one to read as they stand, Deut. xxx. 11–14, and see whether St. Paul uses

them here in the same sense. 15 • St. Paul is careful every where to keep himself, as well as possibly he can, in

the minds and fair esteem of his brethren the Jews : may not therefore this, with the two foregoing verses, be understood as an apology to them for professing himself an apostle of the Gentiles, as he does by the tenour of this epistle, and in the next chapter, in words at length, ver. 13? In this chapter, ver. 12, he had showed that both Jews and Greeks, or Gentiles, were to be saved only by receiving the Gospel of Christ; and if so, it was necessary that somebody should be sent to teach it them, and therefore the Jews had no reason

to be angry with any that was sent on that employment. 16 p“But they have not all obeyed.” This seems an objection of the Jews to

what St. Paul had said, which he answers in this and the following verse. The objection and answer seem to stand thus : You tell us that you are sent from God to preach the Gospel; if it be so, how comes it that all that have heard have not received and obeyed; and since, according to what you would insinuate, the messengers of good tidings (which is the import of evangelion, in Greek, and Gospel, in English) were so welcome to them? To this he answers out of Isaiah, that the messengers sent from God were not believed by all. But from those words of Isaiah he draws an inference to confirm the argument he was upon, viz. that salvation cometh by hearing and believing the word of God. He had laid it down, ver. 8, that it was by their having føpese wiçews, “ the word of faith,” nigh them, or present with them, and not by the bodily presence of their deliverer amongst them that they were to be saved. This sýuce" word,” he tells them, ver. 17, is by preaching brought to be actually present with them and the Gentiles ; so that it was their own fault if they believed it not to salvation.

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