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

Romans 10:10, NIV: For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Romans 10:10, ESV: For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Romans 10:10, KJV: For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:10, NASB: for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

Romans 10:10, NLT: For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

Romans 10:10, CSB: One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.

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

Paul continues his comparison of God's words to Israel in Deuteronomy 30:11–14. That passage was about obeying the commandments, which Paul aligns with believing in the gospel for the Israelites of his day. God told Israel that the command was already in their mouths and hearts. Paul wrote in the previous verse that both the mouth and heart are also involved in salvation by faith alone in Christ alone.

Now Paul restates the concept he taught in the previous verse. With the heart a person believes and is justified—they are declared righteous by God, cleared of all the charges against them. Paul's statement is clear: The faith in Christ that leads to salvation is personal and internal (Jeremiah 31:31–34). The mouth, then, becomes the means by which someone expresses their faith in Christ. Only saved believers can truthfully say with their mouths what has happened in their hearts: they have placed their faith in Jesus.