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1 I say what is true in Christ, and not what is false, my mind giving witness with me in the Holy Spirit, 1 I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit--
2 That I am full of sorrow and pain without end. 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
3 For I have a desire to take on myself the curse for my brothers, my family in the flesh: 3 For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race,
4 Who are Israelites: who have the place of sons, and the glory, and the agreements with God, and the giving of the law, and the worship, and the hope offered by God: 4 the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises.
5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom came Christ in the flesh, who is over all, God, to whom be blessing for ever. So be it. 5 Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.
6 But it is not as if the word of God was without effect. For they are not all Israel, who are of Israel: 6 It is not as though God's word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.
7 And they are not all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, In Isaac will your seed be named. 7 Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham's children. On the contrary, "It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned."
8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh, but the children of God's undertaking, who are named as the seed. 8 In other words, it is not the natural children who are God's children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham's offspring.
9 For this is the word of God's undertaking, At this time will I come, and Sarah will have a son. 9 For this was how the promise was stated: "At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son."
10 And not only so, but Rebecca being about to have a child by our father Isaac-- 10 Not only that, but Rebekah's children had one and the same father, our father Isaac.
11 Before the children had come into existence, or had done anything good or bad, in order that God's purpose and his selection might be effected, not by works, but by him whose purpose it is, 11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad--in order that God's purpose in election might stand:
12 It was said to her, The older will be the servant of the younger. 12 not by works but by him who calls--she was told, "The older will serve the younger."
13 Even as it is said, I had love for Jacob, but for Esau I had hate. 13 Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."
14 What may we say then? is God not upright? let it not be said. 14 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all!
15 For he says to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and pity on whom I will have pity. 15 For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."
16 So then, it is not by the desire or by the attempt of man, but by the mercy of God. 16 It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy.
17 For the holy Writings say to Pharaoh, For this same purpose did I put you on high, so that I might make my power seen in you, and that there might be knowledge of my name through all the earth. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."
18 So then, at his pleasure he has mercy on a man, and at his pleasure he makes the heart hard. 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
19 But you will say to me, Why does he still make us responsible? who is able to go against his purpose? 19 One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?"
20 But, O man, who are you, to make answer against God? May the thing which is made say to him who made it, Why did you make me so? 20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?' "
21 Or has not the potter the right to make out of one part of his earth a vessel for honour, and out of another a vessel for shame? 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?
22 What if God, desiring to let his wrath and his power be seen, for a long time put up with the vessels of wrath which were ready for destruction: 22 What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath--prepared for destruction?
23 And to make clear the wealth of his glory to vessels of mercy, which he had before made ready for glory, 23 What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory--
24 Even us, who were marked out by him, not only from the Jews, but from the Gentiles? 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?
25 As he says in Hosea, They will be named my people who were not my people, and she will be loved who was not loved. 25 As he says in Hosea: "I will call them 'my people' who are not my people; and I will call her 'my loved one' who is not my loved one,"
26 And in the place where it was said to them, You are not my people, there they will be named the sons of the living God. 26 and, "It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.' "
27 And Isaiah says about Israel, Even if the number of the children of Israel is as the sand of the sea, only a small part will get salvation: 27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved.
28 For the Lord will give effect to his word on the earth, putting an end to it and cutting it short. 28 For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality."
29 And, as Isaiah had said before, If the Lord of armies had not given us a seed, we would have been like Sodom and Gomorrah. 29 It is just as Isaiah said previously: "Unless the Lord Almighty had left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah."
30 What then may we say? That the nations who did not go after righteousness have got righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith: 30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith;
31 But Israel, going after a law of righteousness, did not get it. 31 but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it.
32 Why? Because they were not searching for it by faith, but by works. They came up against the stone which was in the way; 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the "stumbling stone."
33 As it is said, See, I am putting in Zion a stone causing a fall, and a rock in the way: but he who has faith in him will not be put to shame. 33 As it is written: "See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."