A Hebrew Catholic Perspective
Romans 10: 14 ― 21
(From: “The Epistle To The Romans”)
By N. P. Williams published as part of ―
“A New Commentary On Holy Scripture”,
S.P.C.K., London 1928
Note: The commentator is using the Revised Version (R.V.) of the Bible, less commonly used today.
At the conclusion of this article we attach the New American Bible rendition for comparison.
The first thirteen verses of this chapter have exhibited Israel’s
Verses 14 ― 21
14. JEWISH OBJECTOR: “Calling upon the name of” (that is,
15a. enjoying a divine mission. And no such divinely commissioned
Resurrection of Jesus, and cannot reasonably be censured for
PAUL: Your last statement is quite divorced from fact. There
15b. as Isaiah foretold, in the words “How beautiful are the feet,”
16a. JEWISH OBJECTOR: Well, after all, it is the case that not all
ST. PAUL: It suggests nothing of the kind. Israel is quite
16b. Witness, again, the words of Isaiah, who complains of a
17. quite admit that this quotation supports your preliminary
18. But when you go on to suggest, perhaps Israel has not heard,
19. I understand you to suggest again, perhaps, owing to some
20. and, at a later date, Isaiah puts the same point in even more
Conclusion, implied but not expressed: “All your shifts are
(In the study of “The Gifts and the Call of God,” readers will
Romans 10: 14 — 21
14 6 But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed?
15 And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written,
16 But not everyone has heeded the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord,
17 Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes
18 But I ask, did they not hear? Certainly they did; for “Their voice has
19 But I ask, did not Israel understand? First Moses says: “I will make
20 Then Isaiah speaks boldly and says: “I was found (by) those who
21 But regarding Israel he says, “All day long I stretched out my hands
6 [14-21] The gospel has been sufficiently proclaimed to Israel, and Israel has adequately understood God’s plan for the messianic age, which would see the gospel brought to the uttermost parts of the earth. As often in the past, Israel has not accepted the prophetic message; cf ⇒ Acts 7:51-53.
7  How beautiful are the feet of those who bring [the] good news: in Semitic fashion, the parts of the body that bring the messenger with welcome news are praised; cf ⇒ Luke 11:27.
Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition (c)