Romans 10:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 10:1, NIV: Brothers and sisters, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.

Romans 10:1, ESV: Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.

Romans 10:1, KJV: Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

Romans 10:1, NASB: Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.

Romans 10:1, NLT: Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved.

Romans 10:1, CSB: Brothers and sisters, my heart's desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation.

What does Romans 10:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul strikes a new tone as chapter 10 begins. He directly addresses his brothers and sisters: the Christians in Rome to whom he is writing this letter. He calls them siblings because they are all Christians. Paul is speaking of the Israelites. In addition to a Christian and a Roman citizen, Paul is also Jewish. He writes that his heart's desire and his prayer is that the Jewish people may be saved.

Some Jews have come to faith in Christ through the preaching of Paul and the other apostles. Yet the nation as a whole has rejected the Messiah, including the Jewish religious leadership. Sadly, this is still the case in the modern era. Further, the Jewish people of Paul's day not only rejected Christ, they tried to silence Paul and others who preached about Him. That doesn't change Paul's desire to see those same people come to Christ, however.