Brethren, my heartes desire & prayer to God for Israel, is, that they myght be saued.
For I beare them recorde, that they haue a zeale of God: but not accordyng to knowledge.
For they beyng ignoraunt of Gods ryghteousnesse, and goyng about to stablyshe their owne righteousnesse, haue not ben obedient vnto the ryghteousness of God.
For Christe is the ende of the lawe, for ryghteousnesse to all that beleue.
For Moyses writeth, of the ryghteousnesse which [is] of the lawe, howe that the man which doth those thinges, shall lyue by them.
But the ryghteousnesse which is of fayth, speaketh on this wise: Say not thou in thyne heart, who shall ascende into heauen?
That is, to fetch Christe downe from aboue.
Either who shall descende into the deepe?
That is, to fetch vp Christe agayne from the dead.
But what sayth he?
The worde is nye thee, euen in thy mouth, and in thy heart.
This same is the worde of faith, which we preache
For if thou shalt knowledge with thy mouth, the Lorde Iesus, and shalt beleue in thyne heart that God raysed hym from the dead, thou shalt be saued.
For with the heart man beleueth vnto ryghteousnesse, and with ye mouth man confesseth to saluation.
For the scripture sayth: Whosoeuer beleueth on him, shall not be cofounded.
There is no difference betwene the Iewe & the Greke: for the same Lorde ouer al, is riche vnto al yt call vpon him.
For whosoeuer shall call on the name of the Lorde, shalbe saued.
Howe then shall they call on hym, on whom they haue not beleued?
Howe shall they beleue on hym of whom they haue not hearde?
Howe shal they heare, without a preacher?
And howe shall they preache, except they be sent?
As it is written: Howe beautifull are the feete of them whiche bryng good tydynges of peace, & bryng good tydynges of good thynges.
But they haue not all obeyed ye Gospel.
For Esaias sayth: Lorde, who hath beleued our sayinges?
So then fayth commeth by hearyng, and hearyng commeth by the worde of God.
But I aske: Haue they not hearde?
No doubt, their sounde went out into all landes, and their wordes into the endes of the worlde.
But I demaunde whether Israel did knowe or not?
First Moyses sayth: I wyll prouoke you to enuie, by them that are no people: and by a foolyshe nation I wyll anger you.
And Esaias is bolde, and sayeth: I am founde of them that sought me not: I am manifest vnto them that asked not after me.
But agaynst Israel he sayeth: All day long haue I stretched foorth my handes vnto a people that beleueth not, but speaketh agaynst me.