Romans 9

Solicitude for Israel

1 a  I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, 2that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. 3For b  I could
Lit pray
wish that I myself were d  accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen e  according to the flesh,
4who 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, 5whose are m  the fathers, and n  from whom is
I.e. the Messiah
the Christ according to the flesh p  who is over all q  God r  blessed
Lit unto the ages
forever. Amen.

6But it is not as though t  the word of God has failed. u  For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; 7nor are they all children v  because they are Abraham’s
Lit seed
descendants, but:
Lit in
,
y  through Isaac your
Lit seed
descendants will be named.”
8That 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
Lit seed
descendants.
9For 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; 11for 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 remain
stand, not
Lit from
because of works but
Lit from
because of Him who calls,
12it was said to her, ak  The older will serve the younger.” 13Just 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! 15For He says to Moses ap  “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who aq  runs, but on ar  God who has mercy. 17For 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 in
throughout the whole earth.”
18So 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?” 20On 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? 21Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel
Lit for honor
for honorable use and another
Lit for dishonor
for common use?
22
Lit But
What 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?
23And He did so to make known bg  the riches of His glory upon bh  vessels of mercy, which He bi  prepared beforehand for glory, 24even us, whom He also bj  called bk  not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles. 25As 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.”

27Isaiah 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 it
thoroughly and
Lit cutting it short
quickly.”
29And just as Isaiah foretold, bu  Unless bv  the Lord of
I.e. Hosts
Sabaoth had left to us a
Lit seed
posterity,
by  We would have become like Sodom, and would have
Lit been made like
resembled Gomorrah.”

30 ca  What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even cb  the righteousness which is
Lit out of
by faith;
31but Israel cd  pursuing a law of righteousness, did not ce  arrive at that law. 32Why? Because they did not pursue it
Lit out of
by faith, but as though it were
Lit out of
by works. They stumbled over ch  the stumbling stone,
33just 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 shame
disappointed.”

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