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Romans 9 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I speak the truth in Christ. I am not lying. My mind tells me that what I say is true. It is guided by the Holy Spirit. 1 I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit--
2 My heart is full of sorrow. My sadness never ends. 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
3 I am so concerned about my people, who are members of my own race. I am ready to be cursed, if that would help them. I am even willing to be 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 the people of Israel. They have been adopted as God's children. God's glory belongs to them. So do the covenants. They received the law. They were taught to worship in the temple. They were given 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 founders of our nation belong to them. Christ comes from their family line. He is God over all. May he always be praised! 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 Their condition does not mean that God's word has failed. Not everyone in the family line of Israel really belongs to Israel. 6 It is not as though God's word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.
7 Not everyone in Abraham's family line is really his child. Not at all! Scripture says, "Your family line will continue through Isaac."#1(Genesis 21:12)#2 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 In other words, God's children are not just Abraham's natural children. Instead, they are the children God promised to him. They are the ones considered to be Abraham's children. 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 God promised, "I will return at the appointed time. Sarah will have a son."#1(Genesis 18:10,14)#2 9 For this was how the promise was stated: "At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son."
10 And that's not all. Rebekah's children had the same father. He was our father Isaac. 10 Not only that, but Rebekah's children had one and the same father, our father Isaac.
11 Here is what happened. Rebekah's twins had not even been born. They hadn't done anything good or bad yet. So they show that God's purpose is based firmly on his free 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 It was not because of anything they did but because of God's choice. So Rebekah was told, "The older son will serve the younger one."#1(Genesis 25:23)#2 12 not by works but by him who calls--she was told, "The older will serve the younger."
13 It is written, "I chose Jacob instead of Esau."#1(Malachi 1:2,3)#2 13 Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."
14 What should we say then? Is God unfair? Not at all! 14 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all!
15 He said to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy. I will show love to those I love." #1(Exodus 33:19)#2 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 it doesn't depend on what we want or do. It depends on God's mercy. 16 It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy.
17 In Scripture, God says to Pharaoh, "I had a special reason for making you king. I decided to use you to show my power. I wanted my name to become known everywhere on earth."#1(Exodus 9:16)#2 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 God does what he wants to do. He shows mercy to one person and makes another stubborn. 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
19 One of you will say to me, "Then why does God still blame us? Who can oppose what he wants to do?" 19 One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?"
20 But you are a mere man. So who are you to talk back to God? Scripture says, "Can what is made say to the one who made it, 'Why did you make me like this?' "#1(Isaiah 29:16; 45:9)#2 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 Isn't the potter free to make different kinds of pots out of the same lump of clay? Some are for special purposes. Others are for ordinary use. 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 chose to show his great anger? What if he chose to make his power known? That is why he put up with people he was angry with. They had been made to be destroyed. 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 What if he did that to show the riches of his glory to others? Those are the people he shows his mercy to. He had prepared them to receive his 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 We are those people. He has chosen us. We do not come only from the Jewish race. Many of us are not Jews. 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?
25 God says in Hosea, "I will call those who are not my people 'my people.' I will call the one who is not my loved one 'my loved one.' " #1(Hosea 2:23)#2 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 He also says, "Once it was said to them, 'You are not my people.' In that very place they will be called 'children of the living God.' " #1(Hosea 1:10)#2 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 cries out concerning Israel. He says, "The number of people from Israel may be like the sand by the sea. But only a few of them 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. He will be quick to carry it out on earth, once and for all." #1(Isaiah 10:22,23)#2 28 For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality."
29 Earlier Isaiah had said, "The Lord who rules over all left us children and grandchildren. If he hadn't, we would have become like Sodom. We would have been like Gomorrah." #1(Isaiah 1:9)#2 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 should we say then? Those who aren't Jews did not look for a way to be right with God. But they found it by having 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 Israel did look for a law that could make them right with God. But they didn't find it. 31 but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it.
32 Why not? Because they didn't look for it by faith. They tried to get it by working for it. They tripped over the stone that causes people to trip and fall. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the "stumbling stone."
33 It is written, "Look! In Zion I am laying a stone that causes people to trip. It is a rock that makes them fall. The one who trusts in him will never be put to shame." #1(Isaiah 8:14; 28:16)#2 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."