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Romans 9 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I am speaking the truth; I belong to Christ and I do not lie. My conscience, ruled by the Holy Spirit, also assures me that I am not lying 1 I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit--
2 when I say how great is my sorrow, how endless the pain in my heart 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
3 for my people, my own flesh and blood! For their sake I could wish that I myself were under God's curse and separated from Christ. 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 They are God's people; he made them his children and revealed his glory to them; he made his covenants with them and gave them the Law; they have the true worship; they have received God's promises; 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 they are descended from the famous Hebrew ancestors; and Christ, as a human being, belongs to their race. May God, who rules over all, be praised forever! Amen. 5 Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.
6 I am not saying that the promise of God has failed; for not all the people of Israel are the people of God. 6 It is not as though God's word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.
7 Nor are all of Abraham's descendants the children of God. God said to Abraham, "It is through Isaac that you will have the descendants I promised you." 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 This means that the children born in the usual way are not the children of God; instead, the children born as a result of God's promise are regarded as the true descendants. 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 God's promise was made in these words: "At the right time I will come back, 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 this is not all. For Rebecca's two sons had the same father, our ancestor Isaac. 10 Not only that, but Rebekah's children had one and the same father, our father Isaac.
11 But in order that the choice of one son might be completely the result of God's own purpose, God said to her, "The older will serve the younger." He said this before they were born, before they had done anything either good or bad; so God's choice was based on his call, and not on anything they had done. 11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad--in order that God's purpose in election might stand:
13 As the scripture says, "I loved Jacob, but I hated Esau." 13 not by works but by him who calls--she was told, "The older will serve the younger."
14 Shall we say, then, that God is unjust? Not at all. 14 Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."
15 For he said to Moses, "I will have mercy on anyone I wish; I will take pity on anyone I wish." 15 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all!
16 So then, everything depends, not on what we humans want or do, but only on God's mercy. 16 For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."
17 For the scripture says to the king of Egypt, "I made you king in order to use you to show my power and to spread my fame over the whole world." 17 It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy.
18 So then, God has mercy on anyone he wishes, and he makes stubborn anyone he wishes. 18 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."
19 But one of you will say to me, "If this is so, how can God find fault with anyone? Who can resist God's will?" 19 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
20 But who are you, my friend, to talk back to God? A clay pot does not ask the man who made it, "Why did you make me like this?" 20 One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?"
21 After all, the man who makes the pots has the right to use the clay as he wishes, and to make two pots from the same lump of clay, one for special occasions and the other for ordinary use. 21 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?' "
22 And the same is true of what God has done. He wanted to show his anger and to make his power known. But he was very patient in enduring those who were the objects of his anger, who were doomed to destruction. 22 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?
23 And he also wanted to reveal his abundant glory, which was poured out on us who are the objects of his mercy, those of us whom he has prepared to receive his glory. 23 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?
24 For we are the people he called, not only from among the Jews but also from among the Gentiles. 24 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--
25 This is what he says in the book of Hosea: "The people who were not mine I will call "My People.' The nation that I did not love I will call "My Beloved.' 25 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?
26 And in the very place where they were told, "You are not my people,' there they will be called the children of the living God." 26 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,"
27 And Isaiah exclaims about Israel: "Even if the people of Israel are as many as the grains of sand by the sea, yet only a few of them will be saved; 27 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.' "
28 for the Lord will quickly settle his full account with the world." 28 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved.
29 It is as Isaiah had said before, "If the Lord Almighty had not left us some descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah." 29 For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality."
30 So we say that the Gentiles, who were not trying to put themselves right with God, were put right with him through faith; 30 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."
31 while God's people, who were seeking a law that would put them right with God, did not find it. 31 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith;
32 And why not? Because they did not depend on faith but on what they did. And so they stumbled over the "stumbling stone" 32 but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it.
33 that the scripture speaks of: "Look, I place in Zion a stone that will make people stumble, a rock that will make them fall. But whoever believes in him will not be disappointed." 33 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the "stumbling stone."
33 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."