New International Version
I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
King James Bible
That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
Darby Bible Translation
that I have great grief and uninterrupted pain in my heart,
World English Bible
that I have great sorrow and unceasing pain in my heart.
Young's Literal Translation
that I have great grief and unceasing pain in my heart --
Romans 9:2 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I say the truth in Christ, I lie not - This is one of the most solemn oaths any man can possibly take. He appeals to Christ as the searcher of hearts that he tells the truth; asserts that his conscience was free from all guile in this matter, and that the Holy Ghost bore him testimony that what he said was true. Hence we find that the testimony of a man's own conscience, and the testimony of the Holy Ghost, are two distinct things, and that the apostle had both at the same time.
As the apostle had still remaining a very awful part of his commission to execute, namely, to declare to the Jews not only that God had chosen the Gentiles, but had rejected them because they had rejected Christ and his Gospel, it was necessary that he should assure them that however he had been persecuted by them because he had embraced the Gospel, yet it was so far from being a gratification to him that they had now fallen under the displeasure of God, that it was a subject of continual distress to his mind, and that it produced in him great heaviness and continual sorrow.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryApril 1. "Vessels of Mercy which He had Afore Prepared unto Glory" (Rom. Ix. 23).
"Vessels of mercy which he had afore prepared unto glory" (Rom. ix. 23). Our Father is fitting us for eternity. A vessel fitted for the kitchen will find itself in the kitchen. A vessel for the art gallery or the reception room will generally find itself there at last. What are you getting fitted for? To be a slop-pail to hold all the stuff that people pour into your ears, or a vase to hold sweet fragrance and flowers for the King's palace and a harp of many strings that sounds the melodies and harmonies …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
Concerning God's Purpose
Letter Lxxxv. To Paulinus.
I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit--
For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race,
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