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Romans 9

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 1 I say the truth in Christ, I do not lie, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit,

 2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.

 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed, cut off from Christ, for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.

 4 Who are Israelites; to whom belongs the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;

 5 Of whom are the fathers [patriarchs], and from whom, by human descent did Christ come, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

 6 It is not as though the word of God has had no effect. For not all from Israel are Israel.

 7 Neither are the children Abraham's true descendants, rather "through Isaac will your decendants be called."

 8 That is to say, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God; rather, the children of the promise are counted as descendants.

 9 For this is the word of promise, "About this time I will return, and Sarah will have a son."

 10 And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac,

 11 (For the children, not having been born yet, nor having done any good or evil; so that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not by works but of him who calls;)

 12 It was said to her, "The elder will serve the younger."

 13 As it is written, '"Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated."

 14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

 15 For he said to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion."

 16 So then it is not from him who wills, nor from him who runs, but from God who shows mercy.

 17 For the scripture said to Pharaoh, "Even for this same purpose have I raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth."

 18 Therefore he has mercy on whom he will have mercy, and he hardens whoever he wills.

 19 You will say then to me, "Why does he still find fault? For who has resisted his will?"

 20 No but, O man, who are you to talk back to God? Shall the created being say to his creator, "Why have you made me this way?"

 21 Has not the potter power over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honor, and another for dishonor?

 22 What if God, willing to show his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much long suffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction.

 23 So that he might make known the riches of his glory to the vessels of mercy, which he had before prepared to glory,

 24 Even us, whom he has called, not from the Jews only, but also from the Gentiles?

 25 As he said also in Hosea, "I will call them my people, who were not my people; and her beloved, who was not beloved."

 26 And it will come to pass, that in the place where it was said to them, "You are not my people; there they will be called the children of the living God."

 27 Isaiah also cries concerning Israel, "Though the number of the children of Israel is as the sand of the sea, a remnant will be saved."

 28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness; because the Lord will make a short work upon the earth.

 29 And as Isaiah said before, "Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodom, and been made like to Gomorrha."

 30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.

 31 But Israel, who pursued the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.

 32 Why? Because they did not seek righteousness by faith, but by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone;

 33 As it is written, "Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offence; and whoever believes on him will not be ashamed."'


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