I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying,1 my conscience confirms2 it in the Holy Spirit--
I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
For I could wish that I myself3 were cursed4 and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers,5 those of my own race,64
the people of Israel.7 Theirs is the adoption as sons;8 theirs the divine glory,9 the covenants,10 the receiving of the law,11 the temple worship12 and the promises.135
Theirs are the patriarchs,14 and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ,15 who is God over all,16 forever praised!a17 Amen.