1: Brothers, my heart's desire and my prayer to God is for Israel, that they may be saved.
2: For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.
3: For being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they didn't subject themselves to the righteousness of God.
4: For Christ is the fulfillment of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
5: For Moses writes about the righteousness of the law, "The one who does them will live by them."
6: But the righteousness which is of faith says this, "Don't say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?' (that is, to bring Christ down);
7: or, 'Who will descend 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 preach:
9: that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10: For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11: For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed."
12: For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich to all who call on him.
13: For, "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved."
14: How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in him whom they have not heard? How will they hear without a preacher?
15: And how will they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Good News of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!"
16: But they didn't all listen to the glad news. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our report?"
17: So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
18: But I say, didn't they hear? Yes, most certainly, "Their sound went out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world."
19: But I ask, didn't Israel know? First Moses says, "I will provoke you to jealousy with that which is no nation, with a nation void of understanding I will make you angry."
20: Isaiah is very bold, and says, "I was found by those who didn't seek me. I was revealed to those who didn't ask for me."
21: But as to Israel he says, "All day long I stretched out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people."