The word is near (Rom 10:8)

“But what does it say?

‘The word is near you!

On your lips

And in your heart.’

That is,

The word of faith

That we proclaim.”

ἀλλὰ τί λέγει; Ἐγγύς σου τὸ ῥῆμά ἐστιν, ἐν τῷ στόματί σου καὶ ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ σου· τοῦτ’ ἔστιν τὸ ῥῆμα τῆς πίστεως ὃ κηρύσσομεν.

Paul finished with this quotation from Deuteronomy, chapter 30:11-14.  He questioned them saying “What does it say (ἀλλὰ τί λέγει)?”  ‘The word is near you (Ἐγγύς σου τὸ ῥῆμά ἐστιν), on your lips (ἐν τῷ στόματί σου) and in your heart (καὶ ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ σου).’  That is the word of faith (τοῦτ’ ἔστιν τὸ ῥῆμα τῆς πίστεως) that we proclaim (ὃ κηρύσσομεν).  Paul finished his comments about Yahweh, Moses, and the Mosaic law.  The law was near them, on their lips and in their heart.  They did not need to go searching in the heavens or the depths of earth.  They had it within themselves.  Paul made the final point that this is exactly what he and his followers of Jesus were saying and proclaiming, that this word of faith was revealed to Moses.  Paul wanted to show his continuity with Moses.  What do you think of Moses?

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