Romans 10:4 – PME Point

For Messiah is the goal of the Torah for righteousness to everyone who believes (Romans 10:4, PME).


Romans 10:4 is customarily rendered as “For Christ is the end of the law, that every one who has faith may be justified” (RSV), or worse yet, that the Law of Moses has experienced some kind of “termination” (Goodspeed New Testament, New Testament, An Expanded Translation-Wuest).

However, there has been a significant amount of debate over the correct meaning of the Greek word telos, as it can certainly mean “the goal toward which a movement is being directed, end, goal, outcome” (BDAG, 998); “the fulfilment or completion of anything…its consummation, issue, result, end” (LS, 799). “In Rom. 10:4 it means either termination or goal” (Zodhiates, Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament, 1376).

Messianic versions typically render telos in 10:4 as “goal” (CJB/CJSB, TLV, The Messianic Writings), with the Common English Bible and Kingdom New Testament also having “goal.” The TNIV and 2011 NIV have the vastly improved, “culmination,” when compared to the 1984 NIV with “end.” The Voice actually has “climax.”

A more detailed discussion about Romans 10:4 is offered in the Validity of Torah section of the Messianic Apologetics website:

“Validity of Torah – Romans 10:4”: https://messianicapologetics.net/articles/validity_of_torah/Romans_10_4.pdf


The Practical Messianic Edition of the Apostolic Scriptures or PME is a specialty edition of the New Testament, based on the 1901 American Standard Version, incorporating the conclusions defended in Messianic Apologetics’ Practical Messianic commentary series and other publications.