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Romans 11:3

    Romans 11:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Lord, they have killed your prophets, and dig down your altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Lord, they have killed thy prophets, they have digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Lord, they have put your prophets to death, and made waste your altars, and now I am the last, and they are searching for me to take away my life.

    Webster's Revision

    Lord, they have killed thy prophets, they have digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.

    World English Bible

    "Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have broken down your altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Lord, they have killed thy prophets, they have digged down thine altars: and I am left alone, and they seek my life.

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 11:3

    Lord, they have killed thy prophets - They will not permit any person to speak unto them in thy name; and they murder those who are faithful to the commission which they have received from thee.

    Digged down thine altars - They are profligate and profane beyond example, and retain not the slightest form of religion.

    I am left alone - There is no prophet besides myself left, and they seek to destroy me.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 11:3

    Lord, they have killed ... - This is taken from 1 Kings 19:10. The quotation is not literally made, but the sense is preserved. This was a charge which Elijah brought against the whole nation; and the act of killing the prophets he regarded as expressive of the character of the people, or that they were universally given to wickedness. The fact was true that they had killed the prophets, etc.; 1 Kings 18:4, 1 Kings 18:13; but the inference which Elijah seems to have drawn from it, that there were no pious people in the nation, was not well founded.

    And digged down - Altars, by the Law of Moses, were required to be made of earth or unhewn stones; Exodus 20:24-25. Hence, the expression to dig them down means completely to demolish or destroy them.

    Thine altars - There was one great altar in the front of the tabernacle and the temple, on which the daily sacrifices of the Jews were to be made. But they were not forbidden to make altars also elsewhere; Exodus 20:25. And hence they are mentioned as existing in other places; 1 Samuel 7:17; 1 Samuel 16:2-3; 1 Kings 18:30, 1 Kings 18:32. These were the altars of which Elijah complained as having been thrown down by the Jews; an act which was regarded as expressive of signal impiety.

    I am left alone - I am the only prophet which is left alive. We are told that when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred of them and hid them in a cave; 1 Kings 18:4. But it is not improbable that they had been discovered and put to death by Ahab. The account which Obadiah gave Elijah when he met him 1 Kings 18:13 seems to favor such a supposition.

    Seek my life - That is, Ahab and Jezebel seek to kill me. This they did because he had overcome and slain the prophets of Baal; 1 Kings 19:1-2. There could scarcely be conceived a time of greater distress and declension in religion than this. It has not often happened that so many things that were disheartening have occurred to the church at the same period of time. The prophets of God were slain; but one lonely man appeared to have zeal for true religion; the nation was running to idolatry; the civil rulers were criminally wicked, and were the leaders in the universal apostasy; and all the influences of wealth and power were setting in against the true religion to destroy it. It was natural that the solitary man of God should feel disheartened and lonely in this universal guilt; and should realize that he had no power to resist this tide of crime and calamities.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 11:3

    11:3 1Kin 19:10.