9 I speak the truth in Christ l—I am not lying; my conscience is testifying to me with the Holy Spirit m— 2 that I have intense sorrow and continual anguish in my heart. 3 For I could almost wish n to be cursed o and cut off p from the * Messiah for the benefit of my * brothers, my own flesh and blood. 4 They are Israelites, q and to them belong the adoption, r the glory, s the covenants, t the giving of the law, u the temple service, v and the promises. w 5 The ancestors are theirs, x and from them, by physical descent, y came the Messiah, z who is God a over all, b praised forever. c d * Amen.
6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. e For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. f 7 Neither are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants. g h On the contrary, your * offspring will be traced i through Isaac. j k 8 That is, it is not the children by physical descent l who are God’s children, m but the children of the promise n are considered to be the offspring. 9 For this is the statement of the promise: At this time I will come, and Sarah will have a son. o p 10 And not only that, q but also Rebekah received a promise when she became pregnant r s by one man, our ancestor Isaac. 11 For though her sons had not been born yet or done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to election might stand— t 12 not from works but from the One who calls—she was told: The older will serve the younger. u v 13 As it is written: I have loved Jacob, but I have hated Esau. w x
I will show mercy
to whom I will show mercy,
and I will have compassion
I raised you up for this reason
so that I may display My power in you
18 So then, He shows mercy to those He wants to, and He hardens those He wants to harden. i
19 You will say to me, j therefore, “Why then does He still find fault? k For who can resist His will?” l 20 But who are you, a mere man, to talk back to God? m Will what is formed say to the one who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?” n 21 Or has the potter no right over the clay, o to make from the same lump one piece of pottery for honor and another for dishonor? 22 And what if God, desiring to display His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience p objects of wrath ready for destruction? q 23 And what if He did this to make known the riches of His glory r on objects of mercy s that He prepared beforehand for glory t— 24 on us, the ones He also called, u not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? v 25 As He also says in Hosea:
I will call Not My People, My People,
you are not My people,
Though the number of Israel’s sons
is like the sand of the sea, a
only the remnant will be saved; b
we would have become like Sodom,
30 What should we say then? j Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained righteousness—namely the righteousness that comes from faith. k 31 But Israel, pursuing the law for righteousness, l has not achieved the righteousness of the law. m n 32 Why is that? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were by works. o They stumbled over the stumbling stone. p 33 As it is written:
Look! I am putting a stone in * Zion to stumble over
and a rock to trip over,
yet the one who believes on Him q
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