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Bible Commentaries

Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament

Romans 11


1:1 called (f-7) 'A called apostle,' i.e. an apostle by (divine) calling. Cf. ver. 7 'called saints,' and see note there.

Verse 2

11:2 Israel? (r-29) See 1 Kings 19:14-18 .

Verse 4

11:4 Baal. (a-23) 'Baal' has the feminine article. It was adored in Syria in masculine and feminine characters.

Verse 6

11:6 since (b-9) See Note, Matthew 18:32 .

Verse 7

11:7 blinded, (c-24) Or 'hardened,' 'made obdurate in heart.'

Verse 8

11:8 written, (d-5) See Deuteronomy 29:4 ; Isaiah 6:9 ,Isaiah 6:10 ; Isaiah 29:10 .

Verse 9

11:9 says, (e-3) See Psalms 69:22-23 .

Verse 21

11:21 either. (f-18) This is another case where the grammatical structure is not complete. It may well be taken, 'fear ... lest he spare not thee;' the beginning of ver. 21 adding a supplementary thought, of which the apostle's mind was full; still it is a broken phrase.

Verse 22

11:22 abide (g-23) The subjunctive, 'if thou shouldest abide,' or 'abidest.' There are three degrees of condition in Greek. indicative, if the fact arrives; subjunctive, doubtful if it will; and conditional, of uncertain probability.

Verse 25

11:25 blindness (a-25) Or 'obdurateness,' as ver. 7.

Verse 26

11:26 written, (b-12) See Isaiah 59:20-21 .

Verse 29

11:29 repentance. (c-13) i.e. 'irrevocable.' The Greek only occurs here and 2 Corinthians 7:10 , 'never to be regretted.'

Verse 30

11:30 believed (d-9) See Note q, ch. 10.21.

Verse 31

11:31 mercy. (e-20) This means that the Jews would not believe in the mercy shown to the Gentiles, and thus lost the glad tidings of the grace of God for themselves; and thus, their right to the promises being gone, they come in at the end as objects of mere mercy, as any poor Gentile might be, though, by that mercy, God accomplishes his promises, to which, as to their present responsibility, they had lost all title. It is this which gives rise to the apostle's expressions of admiration as to the wisdom of God.

Verse 33

11:33 God! (f-12) Or 'O depth of God's riches, and wisdom, and knowledge.'

Verse 35

11:35 him? (g-14) See Isaiah 40:13 ; Job 41:11 .

Verse 36

11:36 of (h-2) 'Of,' ek ; 'through,' dia ; 'for,' eis .

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Darby, John. "Commentary on Romans 11". "John Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament". 1857-67.