Romans 10:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 10:17, NIV: Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

Romans 10:17, ESV: So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Romans 10:17, KJV: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:17, NASB: So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

Romans 10:17, NLT: So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

Romans 10:17, CSB: So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.

What does Romans 10:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This famous verse builds on Paul's quote of Isaiah in the previous verse. There Isaiah asks the Lord "who has believed what he has heard from us?" (Isaiah 53:1). Paul was showing that a refusal to believe what God says amounts to disobedience. That, according to Scripture, is the root problem when people hear the gospel and do not accept it (John 5:39–40; 7:17). Those who disbelieve do so because, on some level, they do not want to believe.

Now, though, Paul writes that when believing happens, it is through hearing what the Lord says "through the word of Christ." Paul seems to be referring to his prior chain of steps which must occur to bring a person to the point of calling on the Lord. Christ sends out His representatives to preach the gospel. Those who hear it have the opportunity to believe. Those who believe call on Christ. And all who call on the name of Christ will be saved (Romans 10:13).