Romans 11:26 KJV
And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written,
There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer,
and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
New King James Version
And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
New American Standard Bible
and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written: “THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION, HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB.”
When this ingathering of the Gentiles is complete, then the turn of Israel will come again, and the prophecies of their conversion will be fulfilled.
That is, in this manner; or when the great abundance of the Gentiles shall be converted, then all Israel shall be saved.
All the Jews.
It was a maxim among the Jews that “every Israelite should have part in the future age.” (Grotius.)
The apostle applies that maxim to his own purpose; and declares the sense in which it would be true.
He does not mean to say that every Jew of every age would be saved; for he had proved that a large portion of them would be, in his time, rejected and lost.
But the time would come when, as a people, they would be recovered; when the nation would turn to God; and when it could be said of them that, as a nation, they were restored to the divine favor.
It is not clear that he means that even then every individual of them would be saved, but the body of them; the great mass of the nation would be.
Nor is it said when this would be. This is one of the things which “the Father hath put in his own power;” Acts 1:7.
He has given us the assurance that it shall be done to encourage us in our efforts to save them; and he has concealed the time when it shall be, lest we should relax our efforts, or feel that no exertions were needed to accomplish what must take place at a fixed time.
Shall be saved
▪︎ Shall be recovered from their rejection;
▪︎ Shall be restored to the divine favor;
▪︎ Shall become followers of the Messiah,
and thus be saved as all other Christians are.
As it is written
As it is written in Isaiah 59:20.
Isaiah 59:20 KJV
And the Redeemer shall come TO Zion,
and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob,
saith the LORD.
There shall come
The quotation is not literally made, but the sense of the passage is preserved.
The Hebrew is, “There shall come TO Zion a Redeemer, and for those who turn from ungodliness in Jacob.”
There can be no doubt that Isaiah refers here to the times of the gospel.
This prophecy is peculiarly appropriate, as it refers to the exiles who had apostatised in Babylon.
Then, as now, a part of the nation had remained true.
And those who had not, would come back to their obedience.
Out of Sion.
There is a curious variation here from the original, which is “TO Sion”.
The LXX. has “for Sion” i.e., in the cause of Sion.
The Apostle appears to be quoting from memory, and was probably influenced by a reminiscence of other passages.
Zion is the centre and capital of the theocracy, but the Messiah must first take up His abode there before He can issue from it.
Zion was one of the hills of Jerusalem.
On this hill the city of David was built.
It came thus to denote, in general, the church, or the people who belong to God.
And when it is said that the Redeemer should come out of Zion, it could also mean:
▪︎ that He should arise among that people,
▪︎ be descended from themselves,
▪︎ or should not be a foreigner.
The Septuagint, however render it, “the Redeemer shall come FOR (on account of) Zion.” So do the Chaldee paraphrase, and the Latin Vulgate.
And shall turn away
The Hebrew is, “to those forsaking ungodliness in Jacob.”
The Septuagint has rendered it in the same manner as the apostle.
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