Romans 10:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 10:8, NIV: But what does it say? 'The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,' that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim:

Romans 10:8, ESV: But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);

Romans 10:8, KJV: But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

Romans 10:8, NASB: But what does it say? 'THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART'—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,

Romans 10:8, NLT: In fact, it says, 'The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.' And that message is the very message about faith that we preach:

Romans 10:8, CSB: On the contrary, what does it say? The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. This is the message of faith that we proclaim:

What does Romans 10:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul concludes his quote of Deuteronomy 30:11–14 with this verse. That passage describes God saying to Israel that they should not deceive themselves into believing that God's commands are hard to understand or obey. They shouldn't ask who will go up to heaven or down to the abyss to get the command for them. They already have God's command in their mouths and hearts. It is near them.

Paul has applied that idea to faith in Christ. The Israel of his day should also not keep looking for the Messiah or expecting knowledge of Christ to suddenly come down or come up to them. The Messiah has already come in the person and body of Jesus. He has already been near to them. Faith in Christ is still right next to the people of Israel, ready to be believed in their hearts and spoken with their mouths. They don't have to wait. They can believe right now and be declared righteous by God, given credit for Jesus' righteous life and forgiven for their sin by the payment of Jesus' death on the cross.