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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Romans 15:8


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    King James Bible - Romans 15:8

    Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

    World English Bible

    Now I say that Christ has been made a servant of the circumcision for the truth of God, that he might confirm the promises given to the fathers,

    Douay-Rheims - Romans 15:8

    For I say that Christ Jesus was minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers:

    Greek Textus Receptus


    λεγω
    3004 5719 V-PAI-1S δε 1161 CONJ ιησουν 2424 N-ASM χριστον 5547 N-ASM διακονον 1249 N-ASM γεγενησθαι 1096 5771 V-RPN περιτομης 4061 N-GSF υπερ 5228 PREP αληθειας 225 N-GSF θεου 2316 N-GSM εις 1519 PREP το 3588 T-ASN βεβαιωσαι 950 5658 V-AAN τας 3588 T-APF επαγγελιας 1860 N-APF των 3588 T-GPM πατερων 3962 N-GPM

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    VERSE (8) -
    Ro 3:26 1Co 1:12; 10:19,29; 15:50

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 15:8

    Digo, pues, que el Cristo Jess fue Ministro de la Circuncisin, por la verdad de Dios para confirmar las promesas de los padres,

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Romans 15:8

    Verse 8.
    Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision] To show the Gentiles the propriety of bearing with the scrupulous Jews, he shows them here that they were under the greatest obligations to this people; to whom, in the days of his flesh, Jesus Christ confined his ministry; giving the world to see that he allowed the claim of the Jews as having the first right to the blessings of the Gospel. And he confined his ministry thus to the Jews, to confirm the truth of God, contained in the promises made unto the patriarchs; for God had declared that thus it should be; and Jesus Christ, by coming according to the promise, has fulfilled this truth, by making good the promises: therefore, salvation is of the Jews, as a kind of right conveyed to them through the promises made to their fathers. But this salvation was not exclusively designed for the Jewish people; as God by his prophets had repeatedly declared.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 8. Now I say , etc..] Or
    affirm that Christ has received both Jews and Gentiles: that he has received the Jews, and therefore they are not to be despised, though they are weak, appears from hence, that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision ; he is rightly called a minister, for this was the end of his coming into the world, and the whole of his work in it was not to be ministered unto, but to minister to others, ( Matthew 20:28 Mark 10:45), both in life and at death. This character agrees with him in all his offices; as King he ministers judgment to the people; and as priest he is the minister of the true tabernacle of the human nature, ( Hebrews 8:2), in which he offered himself a sacrifice for the sins of his people, and now in it makes intercession for them; but here it is expressive of his prophetic office, in which he is such a minister as never was before, or since, or ever will be; if we consider the dignity of his person, being the Son of God; the greatness of his qualifications, having the Spirit without measure; the nature of his doctrines, which were amazing words of grace and truth; and the manner of his delivery, which was with authority; and that all other ministers receive their mission, qualifications, doctrine and success from him: he is styled a minister of the circumcision, not literally considered, as if he administered circumcision to any, which he did not; he was indeed subject to it as a son of Abraham, as a Jew by birth, as under the law, and in order to fulfil all righteousness, ( Matthew 3:15), and to show that he was truly man, and that he had regard to the people and ordinances of the Old Testament, as he showed by baptism he had to those of the New, and to signify our cleansing and atonement by his blood; but circumcision is either to be understood in a spiritual sense of circumcision in the Spirit, and not in the flesh, with which the true circumcision, or believers in Christ, are circumcised in him, through his circumcision; or rather the word here is to be taken metonymically, for the uncircumcised Jews, as it often is in this epistle; (see Romans 2:26 3:30 4:9). So that the meaning is, that Christ was their minister and preacher, just as Peter is said to have the apostleship of the circumcision, ( Galatians 2:8), or to be the apostle of the Jews; as Paul was of the Gentiles, ( Romans 11:13), and to have the Gospel of the circumcision committed to him, it being his province to preach it to them, ( Galatians 2:7,8), Christ as a minister or preacher in the personal discharge of his prophetic office, was sent only to the Jews; among them he lived, and to them he only preached; nor did he allow his apostles to preach to any other till after his resurrection; and which is a manifest proof that he received the Jews, and took them under his care, and showed a particular regard unto them: the ends of his being a minister to them were, for the truth of God ; to preach the Gospel of salvation, the word of truth unto them, for which he was promised and sent; and in doing of which he declared the righteousness, faithfulness, loving kindness, and truth of God unto them: and to confirm the promises made unto the fathers ; the fathers of the world, Adam, Noah, etc.. or rather the Jewish fathers, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and others; concerning the Messiah's being the seed of the woman, and of Abraham, and of David; concerning the coming of Shiloh, the raising up of the great prophet among the Jews, etc.. all which promises are yea and amen in Christ, ratified and fulfilled in him.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 8-13 -
    Christ fulfilled the prophecies and promises relating to the Jews, an the Gentile converts could have no excuse for despising them. The Gentiles, being brought into the church, are companions in patience an tribulation. They should praise God. Calling upon all the nations to praise the Lord, shows that they shall have knowledge of him. We shal never seek to Christ till we trust in him. And the whole plan of redemption is suited to reconcile us to one another, as well as to ou gracious God, so that an abiding hope of eternal life, through the sanctifying and comforting power of the Holy Spirit, may be attained Our own power will never reach this; therefore where this hope is, an is abounding, the blessed Spirit must have all the glory. "All joy an peace;" all sorts of true joy and peace, so as to suppress doubts an fears, through the powerful working of the Holy Spirit.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    λεγω
    3004 5719 V-PAI-1S δε 1161 CONJ ιησουν 2424 N-ASM χριστον 5547 N-ASM διακονον 1249 N-ASM γεγενησθαι 1096 5771 V-RPN περιτομης 4061 N-GSF υπερ 5228 PREP αληθειας 225 N-GSF θεου 2316 N-GSM εις 1519 PREP το 3588 T-ASN βεβαιωσαι 950 5658 V-AAN τας 3588 T-APF επαγγελιας 1860 N-APF των 3588 T-GPM πατερων 3962 N-GPM

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    8. Of the
    circumcision. Of those circumcised See on the election, ch. xi. 7.

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    15:8 {A
    minister of the circumcision} (diakonon peritomes). Objective genitive, "a minister to the circumcision." Diakonon is predicate accusative with gegensthai (perfect passive infinitive of ginomai in indirect assertion after legw, I say) and in apposition with criston, accusative of general reference with the infinitive. See #Ga 4:4f. {That he might confirm} (eis to bebai"sai). Purpose clause with eis to and the infinitive bebai"sai (first aorist active of bebaiow, to make stand). {The promises given unto the fathers} (tas epaggelias t"n pater"n). No "given" in the Greek, just the objective genitive, "the promises to the fathers." See #9:4,5.


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