I say the truthinChrist, I lienot,myconscience also bearingmewitnessin the HolyGhost,2ThatIhavegreatheavinessandcontinual sorrow inmyheart.3ForI could wish that myselfwereaccursedafromChristformybrethren,mykinsmenaccording to the flesh:4WhoareIsraelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption,and the glory,and the covenants,band the giving of the law,and the service of God, and the promises;5Whose are the fathers,andofwhom as concerning the fleshChrist came, who is overall,Godblessedforever.Amen.6Notasthoughtheword of God hath taken none effect . For they are notallIsrael,whichare of Israel:7Neither,because they are the seed of Abraham, are they allchildren:but,InIsaacshallthyseed be called .
That is , They which are the children of the flesh,these are not the children of God:but the children of the promise are countedfor the seed.9Forthis is the word of promise,Atthistime will I come , andSara shall have a son.10Andnotonly this; but when Rebeccaalso had conceivedbyone , even by ourfatherIsaac;11
(For the children being not yetborn , neither having doneanygoodorevil,that the purpose of Godaccording to election might stand , notofworks,butof him that calleth ;)
12It was said unto her, The elderc shall serve the younger.13As it is written , Jacob have I loved , butEsau have I hated .
14What shall we saythen ? Is there unrighteousnesswithGod? God forbid .
15For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy onwhomI will have mercy , and I will have compassion on whomI will have compassion .
16Sothen it is not of him that willeth , nor of him that runneth , but of God that sheweth mercy .
17For the scripturesaith unto Pharaoh, Even forthis same purpose have I raisedtheeup , that I might shewmypowerinthee,andthatmyname might be declaredthroughoutall the earth.18Thereforehath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, andwhom he will he hardeneth .
Thou wilt saythen unto me,Why doth he yet find fault ? Forwho hath resistedhiswill?20
Nay but,Oman,whoartthou that repliest againstGod ? Shall the thing formedsay to him that formed it, Why hast thou mademethus?21Hathnot the potterpower over the clay,of the samelumptomake one vesseluntohonour,andanotheruntodishonour?22
What ifGod,willing to shew his wrath,and to makehispowerknown , enduredwithmuchlongsuffering the vessels of wrathfitteddtodestruction:23Andthat he might make known the riches of hisgloryon the vessels of mercy,which he had afore prepareduntoglory,24Evenus,whom he hath called , notof the Jewsonly,butalsoof the Gentiles?25
As he saithalsoinOsee, I will call them mypeople, which were notmypeople;and her beloved , which wasnotbeloved .
26And it shall come to pass , that in the placewhere it was said unto them,Ye are notmypeople;there shall they be called the children of the livingGod.27EsaiasalsocriethconcerningIsrael,Though the number of the children of Israelbeas the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved :
28For he will finish the work,eand cut it shortinrighteousness:because a shortworkwill the Lordmakeupon the earth.29AndasEsaias said before , Except the Lord of Sabaoth had leftus a seed, we had beenasSodoma,and been made likeuntoGomorrha.