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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Romans 10:1-21

10*  Brothers, my heart’s goodwill and entreaty to God is in their favor for their salvation. 2  For I testify that they have zeal for God, but not with insight; 3*  for, not knowing about God’s righteousness and trying to make good their own, they did not let themselves depend on God’s righteousness. 4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every believer. 5  For Moses writes of righteousness on the basis of law “the man who does the things will have life” by it; 6  but righteousness on the basis of faith says thus: “Do not say to yourself ‘Who will go up to the sky?’” (that is, to bring Christ down;) 7  “or ‘Who will go down into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8  But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”; that is, the word of faith which we are proclaiming; 9  because if by your mouth you acknowledge Jesus to be Lord, and in your heart you believe that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10  For it is with a heart believing is done leading to righteousness, and it is with a mouth acknowledgment is made leading to salvation. 11  For the text says “Anyone who believes in him will not be put to shame”; 12*  for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same one is Lord of all, rich toward all who call on him; 13  for “everyone who shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” 14  How are they then to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how are they to hear without a proclaimer? 15  And how are they to proclaim unless they are sent? as it is written “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the news of good!” 16  But they did not all listen to the good news; for Isaiah says “Lord, who believed what they heard from us?” 17*  Then believing comes out of hearing; and hearing, through Christ’s word. 18  But I say, did they not hear? why, “the noise of them went out into all the earth and their words to the ends of the world.” 19  But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says “I will challenge your jealousy with what is not a people, provoke you with an insensate nation.” 20  And Isaiah comes out boldly and says “I was found by those who were not looking for me, I showed myself to those who were not inquiring of me.” 21  But as to Israel he says “all day I have spread out my hands to a disobedient and dissident people.”


10:1 Lit. for salvation
10:3 Lit. did not subordinate themselves to God’s righteousness
10:12 Or the same Lord is Lord of all (lit. is of all)
10:17 Or a word of Christ Or the word of Christ