Solicitude for Israel1 a I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. 3 For b I could ▼
▼ Lit praywish that I myself were d accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen e according to the flesh, 4 who are f Israelites, to whom belongs g the adoption as sons, and h the glory and i the covenants and j the giving of the Law and k the temple service and l the promises, 5 whose are m the fathers, and n from whom is ▼
▼ I.e. the Messiahthe Christ according to the flesh p who is over all q God r blessed ▼
▼ Lit unto the agesforever. Amen. 6 But it is not as though t the word of God has failed. u For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; 7 nor are they all children v because they are Abraham’s ▼ descendants, but: ▼
▼ Lit in, y “through Isaac your ▼ descendants will be named.” 8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are aa children of God, but the ab children of the promise are regarded as ▼ descendants. 9 For this is the word of promise: ad “At this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 ae And not only this, but there was af Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; 11 for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that ag God’s purpose according to His choice would ▼
▼ Lit remainstand, not ▼
▼ Lit frombecause of works but ▼
▼ Lit frombecause of Him who calls, 12 it was said to her, ak “The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written al “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” 14 am What shall we say then? an There is no injustice with God, is there? ao May it never be! 15 For He says to Moses ap “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who aq runs, but on ar God who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh as “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed ▼
▼ Lit inthroughout the whole earth.” 18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He au hardens whom He desires. 19 av You will say to me then aw “Why does He still find fault? For ax who resists His will?” 20 On the contrary, who are you, ay O man, who az answers back to God? ba The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel ▼
▼ Lit for honorfor honorable use and another ▼
▼ Lit for dishonorfor common use? 22 ▼
▼ Lit ButWhat if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much be patience vessels of wrath bf prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so to make known bg the riches of His glory upon bh vessels of mercy, which He bi prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us, whom He also bj called bk not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles. 25 As He says also in Hosea, bl “I will call those who were not My people, ‘My people,’
And her who was not beloved, ‘beloved.’”
26 bm “And it shall be that in the place where it was said to them, ‘you are not My people,’
There they shall be called sons of bn the living God.”
27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel bo “Though the number of the sons of Israel be bp like the sand of the sea, it is bq the remnant that will be saved; 28 br for the Lord will execute His word on the earth ▼
▼ Lit finishing itthoroughly and ▼
▼ Lit cutting it shortquickly.” 29 And just as Isaiah foretold, bu “Unless bv the Lord of ▼
▼ I.e. HostsSabaoth had left to us a ▼ posterity,
by We would have become like Sodom, and would have ▼
▼ Lit been made likeresembled Gomorrah.”
30 ca What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even cb the righteousness which is ▼ by faith; 31 but Israel cd pursuing a law of righteousness, did not ce arrive at that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it ▼ by faith, but as though it were ▼ by works. They stumbled over ch the stumbling stone, 33 just as it is written, ci “Behold, I lay in Zion cj a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense,
ck And he who believes in Him cl will not be ▼
▼ Lit put to shamedisappointed.”
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