New Living Translation
But the people of Israel, who tried so hard to get right with God by keeping the law, never succeeded.
King James Bible
But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
Darby Bible Translation
But Israel, pursuing after a law of righteousness, has not attained to that law.
World English Bible
but Israel, following after a law of righteousness, didn't arrive at the law of righteousness.
Young's Literal Translation
and Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, at a law of righteousness did not arrive;
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LibraryThe Love which Withers.
"Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth."--Rom. ix. 18. The idea of hardening is so awful that, with all its unsanctified pity and natural religion, the human heart rejects it as a horrible thought. Natural compassion can not bear the idea that a fellow man, instigated to evil by it, should forever ruin himself. And natural religion can not conceive of a God who, instead of persuading His creature to virtue, should give him up and incite him to sin. This …
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"Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance--all who seek the LORD! Consider the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were mined.
Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith.
What does all this mean? Even though the Gentiles were not trying to follow God's standards, they were made right with God. And it was by faith that this took place.
I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal.
And later Isaiah spoke boldly for God, saying, "I was found by people who were not looking for me. I showed myself to those who were not asking for me."
So this is the situation: Most of the people of Israel have not found the favor of God they are looking for so earnestly. A few have--the ones God has chosen--but the hearts of the rest were hardened.
For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God's grace.
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