“What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.”
King James Version (KJV)
9:30 What shall we say then - What is to be concluded from all that has been said but this, That the gentiles, who followed not after righteousness - Who a while ago had no knowledge of, no care or thought about, it. Have attained to righteousness - Or justification. Even the righteousness which is by faith. This is the first conclusion we may draw from the preceding observations. The second is, that Israel - The Jews Although following after the law of righteousness - That law which, duly used, would have led them to faith, and thereby to righteousness. Have not attained to the law of righteousness - To that righteousness or justification which is one great end of the law
Ro 9:30,31 What shall we say then? What conclusion shall we reach? It has been shown that the word of God is not of none effect, for it has foreshown all that has taken place (Ro 9:6). The conclusion is this: That the Gentiles, who followed not after righteousness, has no knowledge of it, had secured righteousness by accepting Christ, through faith in him, while Israel, who follow after the law of righteousness, hath failed of righteousness before God through unbelief.