that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart.
For 1I could wish that I myself were 2accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen 3according to the flesh,
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who are 4Israelites, to whom belongs 5the adoption as sons, and 6the glory and 7the covenants and 8the giving of the Law and 9the temple service and 10the promises,
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whose are 11the fathers, and 12from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, 13who is over all, 14God 15blessed forever. Amen.
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But it is not as though 16the word of God has failed. 17For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel;
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nor are they all children 18because they are Abraham's descendants, but: "19THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED."
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That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are 20children of God, but the 21children of the promise are regarded as descendants.
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For this is the word of promise: "22AT THIS TIME I WILL COME, AND SARAH SHALL HAVE A SON."
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23And not only this, but there was 24Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac;
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for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that 25God's purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls,
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it was said to her, "26THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER."
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