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1 In the presence of Christ, I speak with utter truthfulness -- I do not lie -- and my conscience and the Holy Spirit confirm that what I am saying is true. 1 I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit--
2 My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
3 for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed -- cut off from Christ! -- if that would save them. 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, chosen to be God's special children. God revealed his glory to them. He made covenants with them and gave his law to them. They have the privilege of worshiping him and receiving his wonderful 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 Their ancestors were great people of God, and Christ himself was a Jew as far as his human nature is concerned. And he is God, who rules over everything and is worthy of eternal praise! 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 Well then, has God failed to fulfill his promise to the Jews? No, for not everyone born into a Jewish family is truly a Jew! 6 It is not as though God's word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.
7 Just the fact that they are descendants of Abraham doesn't make them truly Abraham's children. For the Scriptures say, "Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted," though Abraham had other children, too. 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 Abraham's physical descendants are not necessarily children of God. It is the children of the promise who are 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 For God had promised, "Next year I will return, 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 This son was our ancestor Isaac. When he grew up, he married Rebekah, who gave birth to twins. 10 Not only that, but Rebekah's children had one and the same father, our father Isaac.
11 But before they were born, before they had done anything good or bad, she received a message from God. (This message proves that God chooses according to his own plan, 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 not according to our good or bad works.) She was told, "The descendants of your older son will serve the descendants of your younger son." 12 not by works but by him who calls--she was told, "The older will serve the younger."
13 In the words of the Scriptures, "I loved Jacob, but I rejected Esau." 13 Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."
14 What can we say? Was God being unfair? Of course not! 14 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all!
15 For God said to Moses, "I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose." 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 receiving God's promise is not up to us. We can't get it by choosing it or working hard for it. God will show mercy to anyone he chooses. 16 It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy.
17 For the Scriptures say that God told Pharaoh, "I have appointed you for the very purpose of displaying my power in you, and so that my fame might spread 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 So you see, God shows mercy to some just because he wants to, and he chooses to make some people refuse to listen. 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
19 Well then, you might say, "Why does God blame people for not listening? Haven't they simply done what he made them do?" 19 One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?"
20 No, don't say that. Who are you, a mere human being, to criticize God? Should the thing that was created say to the one who made 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 When a potter makes jars out of clay, doesn't he have a right to use the same lump of clay to make one jar for decoration and another to throw garbage into? 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 God has every right to exercise his judgment and his power, but he also has the right to be very patient with those who are the objects of his judgment and are fit only 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 He also has the right to pour out the riches of his glory upon those he prepared to be the objects of his mercy -- 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 upon us, whom he selected, both from the Jews and from the Gentiles. 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?
25 Concerning the Gentiles, God says in the prophecy of Hosea, "Those who were not my people, I will now call my people. And I will love those whom I did not love before." 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, "Once they were told, 'You are not my people.' But now he will say, 'You are 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 Concerning Israel, Isaiah the prophet cried out, "Though the people of Israel are as numerous as the sand on the seashore, only a small number 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 the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth quickly and with finality." 28 For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality."
29 And Isaiah said in another place, "If the Lord Almighty had not spared a few of us, we would have been wiped out as completely as 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 Well then, what shall we say about these things? Just this: The Gentiles have been made right with God by faith, even though they were not seeking him. 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 the Jews, who tried so hard to get right with God by keeping the law, never succeeded. 31 but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it.
32 Why not? Because they were trying to get right with God by keeping the law and being good instead of by depending on faith. They stumbled over the great rock in their path. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the "stumbling stone."
33 God warned them of this in the Scriptures when he said, "I am placing a stone in Jerusalem that causes people to stumble, and a rock that makes them fall. But anyone who believes in him will not be disappointed." 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."