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Romans 9:6

    Romans 9:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Not as though the word of God has taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But it is not as though the word of God hath come to nought. For they are not all Israel, that are of Israel:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But it is not as if the word of God was without effect. For they are not all Israel, who are of Israel:

    Webster's Revision

    But it is not as though the word of God hath come to nought. For they are not all Israel, that are of Israel:

    World English Bible

    But it is not as though the word of God has come to nothing. For they are not all Israel, that are of Israel.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But it is not as though the word of God hath come to nought. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 9:6

    Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect - A Jew might have objected, as in Romans 3:3 : "Is not God bound by his faithfulness to continue the Jews as his peculiar Church and people, notwithstanding the infidelity of the major part of them? If they are brought to a level with the Gentiles, will it not follow that God hath failed in the performance of his promise to Abraham? Genesis 17:7, Genesis 17:8 : I will establish my covenant between me and thee for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and thy seed after thee." To which it may be answered: This awful dispensation of God towards the Jews is not inconsistent with the veracity of the Divine promise; for even the whole body of natural born Jews are not the whole of the Israelites comprehended in the promise. Abraham is the father of many nations; and his seed is not only that which is of the law, but that also which is of the faith of Abraham, Romans 4:16, Romans 4:17. The Gentiles were included in the Abrahamic covenant as well as the Jews; and therefore the Jews have no exclusive right to the blessings of God's kingdom.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 9:6

    Not as though ... - Not as though the promise of God had entirely failed. Though I grieve thus Romans 9:2-3, though I am deeply apprehensive for the nation, yet I do not affirm that all the nation is to be destroyed. The promise of God will not entirely fail.

    Not all Israel - Not all the descendants of Jacob have the true spirit of Israelites, or are Jews in the scriptural sense of the term; see the note at Romans 2:28-29.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 9:6

    9:6 Not as if - The Jews imagined that the word of God must fail if all their nation were not saved. This St. Paul now refutes, and proves that the word itself had foretold their falling away. The word of God - The promises of God to Israel. Had fallen to the ground - This could not be. Even now, says the apostle, some enjoy the promises; and hereafter all Israel shall be saved. This is the sum of the ninth, tenth, and eleventh chapter s. For - Here he enters upon the proof of it. All are not Israel, who are of Israel - The Jews vehemently maintained the contrary; namely, that all who were born Israelites, and they only, were the people of God. The former part of this assertion is refuted here, the latter, Rom 9:24, and c. The sum is, God accepts all believers, and them only; and this is no way contrary to his word. Nay, he hath declared in his word, both by types and by express testimonies, that believers are accepted as the children of the promise, while unbelievers are rejected, though they are children after the flesh. All are not Israel - Not in the favour of God. Who are lineally descended of Israel.