Romans 9 [27.] Isaiah cries concerning Israel,
“If the number of the children of Israel are as the sand of the sea,
it is the remnant who will be saved;
for He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness,
because the LORD will make a short work upon the earth.”[m]
Romans 9 [29.] As Isaiah has said before,
“Unless the Lord of Armies[n] had left us a seed,
we would have become like Sodom,
and would have been made like Gomorrah.”[o]
Romans 9 [30.] What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, who didn’t follow after righteousness, attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith; but Israel, following after a law of righteousness, didn’t arrive at the law of righteousness. Why? Because they didn’t seek it by faith, but as it were by works of the law. They stumbled over the stumbling stone; even as it is written,
“Behold,[p] I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and a rock of offense;
and no one who believes in him will be disappointed.”[q]
m. Romans 9:28 Isaiah 10:22-23.
n. Romans 9:29 Greek: Sabaoth (for Hebrew: Tze’va’ot).
o. Romans 9:29 Isaiah 1:9.
p. Romans 9:33 “Behold”, from “ἰδοὺ”, means look at, take notice, observe, see, or gaze at. It is often used as an interjection.
q. Romans 9:33 Isaiah 8:14; 28:16.