The Israelites did not submit to God’s righteousness (Rom 10:3)

“Being ignorant

Of the righteousness

That comes from God,

But seeking

To establish

Their own righteousness,

They have not submitted

To God’s righteousness.”

ἀγνοοῦντες γὰρ τὴν τοῦ Θεοῦ δικαιοσύνην, καὶ τὴν ἰδίαν ζητοῦντες στῆσαι, τῇ δικαιοσύνῃ τοῦ Θεοῦ οὐχ ὑπετάγησαν.

Paul said that the Israelites were ignorant (ἀγνοοῦντες) of the righteousness (δικαιοσύνην) that comes from God (γὰρ τὴν τοῦ Θεοῦ).  Instead, they were seeking to establish their own righteousness (καὶ τὴν ἰδίαν ζητοῦντες στῆσαι).  They have not submitted (οὐχ ὑπετάγησαν) to God’s righteousness (τῇ δικαιοσύνῃ τοῦ Θεοῦ).  Paul indicated that the Israelites did not know or were ignorant about God’s righteousness.  Instead, they were trying to establish and maintain their own sense of righteousness.  They were not willing to submit to God and his righteousness.  They thought that they knew it all, but in fact, they were ignorant of God’s righteousness, while trying to establish their own criteria of what was righteous.  They did not defer to God.  They were like Paul/Saul before his conversion.  He had zeal for righteousness in his persecution of the early Christians.  Do you have an enlightened sense of righteousness?

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