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Romans 10:16-18 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

16 But[a] they did not all obey the good-news, for Isaiah says [in Isa 53:1], “Lord, who put-faith-in our report?” 17 So[b] the faith[c] comes from a report-hearing[d], and the report-hearing through a word[e] about[f] Christ.

But It Is Not As Though Israel Did Not Hear

18 But I say[g]it is not that they did not hear[h], is it ? On the contrary: “Their voice went-out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world” [Ps 19:4].


  1. Romans 10:16 Isaiah predicted this rejection by Israel as well, further proof of Israel’s ignorance.
  2. Romans 10:17 Paul summarizes the process he has deduced from Scripture. Faith in the hearer comes in response to a report about Christ, and this report comes through a message proclaimed by one sent.
  3. Romans 10:17 That is, the faith to call upon the Lord and be saved.
  4. Romans 10:17 This word means both hearing (the act of hearing) and report (the message heard). It is the same word as ‘report’ in v 16, and is related to ‘hear’ in v 18, and is rendered this way to show the connection to both. An obedient-hearing is in view here.
  5. Romans 10:17 Or, message. That is, the word of faith (v 8); the report (v 16); the proclamation (v 15).
  6. Romans 10:17 Or, from, through the word of His messengers.
  7. Romans 10:18 Paul moves on from describing the content of Israel’s ignorance (v 3-17) to their culpability for it.
  8. Romans 10:18 Israel cannot claim to have not heard the message, for the message was taken from Israel to the whole world.
Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Disciples' Literal New Testament: Serving Modern Disciples by More Fully Reflecting the Writing Style of the Ancient Disciples, Copyright © 2011 Michael J. Magill. All Rights Reserved. Published by Reyma Publishing


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