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Romans 9 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness 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 have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to 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, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, 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 of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. 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 But it is not that the word of God has taken no 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 nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, "In Isaac your seed shall be called." 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, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted 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 promise: "At this time I will come and Sarah shall 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 this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac 10 Not only that, but Rebekah's children had one and the same father, our father Isaac.
11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), 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 shall serve the younger." 12 not by works but by him who calls--she was told, "The older will serve the younger."
13 As it is written, "Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated." 13 Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! 14 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all!
15 For He says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion." 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 of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 16 It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy.
17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in 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 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens. 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
19 You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?" 19 One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?"
20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, "Why have you made 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 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? 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, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared 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 that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand 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 whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?
25 As He says also in Hosea: "I will call them My people, who were not My people, And her beloved, who was not beloved." 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 it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, 'You are not My people,' There they shall be called 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 Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, The remnant 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 For He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness, Because the Lord will make a short work upon the earth." 28 For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality."
29 And as Isaiah said before: "Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, We would have become like Sodom, And we would have been made like 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 shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness 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, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness. 31 but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it.
32 Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. 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 written: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on 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."