The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleRomans 3:17
And the way of peace have they not known.
] This is a
citation front (Isaiah 59:8) , and expresses the ignorance of mankind,
with regard to true peace, and the way unto it: men are naturally
ignorant of the way of peace with God; of the first step which God took
towards it; of the council and covenant of peace, in which the scheme
of it was drawn, and the method fixed; of Christ the peacemaker, and of
the way in which he has made it; and of the Gospel, which reveals and
publishes it. They are ignorant of the true way of enjoying peace of
conscience; they have no true peace of mind, their consciences are
often tortured; and though they may have a stupid and secure peace, yet
nothing that is true, real, and solid; for they are without the Spirit,
whose fruit is peace; and without faith in Christ, by which true peace
only is enjoyed; nor are they spiritually minded, which is life and
peace; nor have they any knowledge of the way to have it; they are
ready to think it must be had by doing something of their own, and not
that it is to be had only in Christ, in his blood and righteousness.
They are ignorant of the paths of wisdom, which are peace; peace is
enjoyed in them, they lead unto it, and issue in it: they know not the
way to eternal peace; they imagine something done by the creature is
the way; and are ignorant that Christ is the only way of salvation, the
true way to eternal life, everlasting peace and happiness: yea, they
know not the way of peace among men, and one another; nor will they do
that which is just and right, in order to support and maintain it, but
are unjust, deceitful, and quarrelsome; they do not study peace, but
rather contention, which they like and approve of. The Jews talk F24
much of their good nature, affability, and condescension, and of their
doing this and that, and the other thing, (Mwlv ykrd ynpm) , "because
of the ways of peace".
F24 Misn. Gittin, c. 5. sect. 8, 9. T. Hieros. Demai, fol. 24. 1.
Maimon. Obede Cochabim, c. 10. sect. 5.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Romans 3:17". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=ro&chapter=003&verse=017>. 1999.