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1 As a Christian, I'm telling you the truth. I'm not lying. The Holy Spirit, along with my own thoughts, supports me in this. 1 I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit--
2 I have deep sorrow and endless heartache. 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
3 I wish I could be condemned and cut off from Christ for the sake of others who, like me, are Jewish by birth. 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 Israelites, God's adopted children. They have the Lord's glory, the pledges, Moses' Teachings, the true worship, and the 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 The Messiah is descended from their ancestors according to his human nature. The Messiah is God over everything, forever blessed. 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 Now it is not as though God's word has failed. Clearly, not everyone descended from Israel is part of Israel 6 It is not as though God's word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.
7 or a descendant of Abraham. However, [as Scripture says,] "Through Isaac your descendants will carry on your name." 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 children born by natural descent [from Abraham] are not necessarily God's children. Instead, children born by the promise are considered Abraham's 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 example, this is what the promise said, "I will come back at the right time, 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 The same thing happened to Rebekah. Rebekah became pregnant by our ancestor Isaac. 10 Not only that, but Rebekah's children had one and the same father, our father Isaac.
11 Before the children had been born or had done anything good or bad, Rebekah was told that the older child would serve the younger one. This was said to Rebekah so that God's plan would remain a matter of his choice, 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 a choice based on God's call and not on anything people do. 12 not by works but by him who calls--she was told, "The older will serve the younger."
13 The Scriptures say, "I loved Jacob, but I hated Esau." 13 Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."
14 What can we say--that God is unfair? That's unthinkable! 14 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all!
15 For example, God said to Moses, "I will be kind to anyone I want to. I will be merciful to anyone I want to." 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 Therefore, God's choice does not depend on a person's desire or effort, but on God's mercy. 16 It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy.
17 For example, Scripture says to Pharaoh, "I put you here for this reason: to demonstrate my power through you and to spread my name throughout 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 Therefore, if God wants to be kind to anyone, he will be. If he wants to make someone stubborn, he will. 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
19 You may ask me, "Why does God still find fault with anyone? Who can resist whatever God wants to do?" 19 One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?"
20 Who do you think you are to talk back to God like that? Can an object that was made say to its maker, "Why did you make me like this?" 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 A potter has the right to do whatever he wants with his clay. He can make something for a special occasion or something for everyday use from the same lump of clay. 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 If God wants to demonstrate his anger and reveal his power, he can do it. But can't he be extremely patient with people who are objects of his anger because they are headed 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 Can't God also reveal the riches of his glory to people who are objects of his mercy and who he had already prepared 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 This is what God did for us whom he called--whether we are Jews or not. 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?
25 As God says in Hosea: "Those who are not my people I will call my people. Those who are not loved I will call my loved ones. 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 Wherever they were told, 'You are not my people,' they will be called children 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 Isaiah also says about Israel: "Although the descendants of Israel are as numerous as the grains of sand on the seashore, only a few will be saved. 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 The Lord will carry out his sentence on the land, completely and decisively." 28 For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality."
29 This is what Isaiah predicted: "If the Lord of Armies hadn't left us some descendants, 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 So what can we say? We can say that non-Jewish people who were not trying to gain God's approval won his approval, an approval based on 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 The people of Israel tried to gain God's approval by obeying Moses' Teachings, but they did not reach their goal. 31 but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it.
32 Why? They didn't rely on faith to gain God's approval, but they relied on their own efforts. They stumbled over the rock that trips people. 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 Scripture says, "I am placing a rock in Zion that people trip over, a large rock that people find offensive. Whoever believes in him will not be ashamed." 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."