Romans 10:21

But to Israel he says, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and contrary people.
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AD 400
Here Israel refers to the Israel of the flesh, those who are children of Abraham but not according to faith. For the true Israel is spiritual and sees God by believing in him. “All day long” means “always.” This passage may also refer to the Savior, who held out his hands on the cross to plead forgiveness for those who were killing him. Commentary on Paul’s Epistles.

Diodorus of Tarsus

AD 390
It appears from the holding out of his hands that God is calling the people to himself. It is also a sign pointing toward the form of the cross. .

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
After the preaching of Christ, and his apostles, after so many wonders wrought by our Saviour, he at last offers himself to the Jewish people, with stretched-out hands, and yet they cannot be induced to believe in him. They resist him as much as they can, thus verifying the prophecy of holy Simeon, that he should be set up as a sign to be contradicted. (Luke ii.) (Estius)


AD 420
The hands of the Lord lifted up to heaven were not begging for help but were sheltering us, his miserable creatures.

John Chrysostom

AD 407
Throughout the period of the old dispensation, God held out his hands to the Jews to call them and draw them to himself.

Justin Martyr

AD 165
And Isaiah likewise mentions concerning Him the manner in which He would die, thus: `I have spread out My hands unto a people disobedient, and gainsaying, that walk in a way which is not good.'

Tertullian of Carthage

AD 220
"Whence, again, it is manifest that "the city must simultaneously be exterminated "at the time when its "Leader "had to suffer in it, (as foretold) through the Scriptures of the prophets, who say: "I have outstretched my hands the whole day unto a People contumacious and gainsaying Me, who walketh in a way not good, but after their own sins."

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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