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Romans 15:8-9

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15:8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised 1  on behalf of God’s truth to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 2  15:9 and thus the Gentiles glorify God for his mercy. 3  As it is written, “Because of this I will confess you among the Gentiles, and I will sing praises to your name.” 4 

1 tn Grk “of the circumcision”; that is, the Jews.

2 tn Or “to the patriarchs.”

3 tn There are two major syntactical alternatives which are both awkward: (1) One could make “glorify” dependent on “Christ has become a minister” and coordinate with “to confirm” and the result would be rendered “Christ has become a minister of circumcision to confirm the promises…and so that the Gentiles might glorify God.” (2) One could make “glorify” dependent on “I tell you” and coordinate with “Christ has become a minister” and the result would be rendered “I tell you that Christ has become a minister of circumcision…and that the Gentiles glorify God.” The second rendering is preferred.

4 sn A quotation from Ps 18:49.



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