Romans 9 NIV

God's Sovereign Choice

1 I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying,1 my conscience confirms2 it in the Holy Spirit--

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2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
3 For I could wish that I myself3 were cursed4 and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers,5 those of my own race,6

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4 the people of Israel.7 Theirs is the adoption as sons;8 theirs the divine glory,9 the covenants,10 the receiving of the law,11 the temple worship12 and the promises.13

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5 Theirs are the patriarchs,14 and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ,15 who is God over all,16 forever praised!a17 Amen.

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    • a 9:5 - Or "Christ, who is over all. God be forever praised!" Or "Christ. God who is over all be forever praised!"
      6 It is not as though God's word18 had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.19

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      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."b20

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      8 In other words, it is not the natural children who are God's children,21 but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham's offspring.22

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      9 For this was how the promise was stated: "At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son."c23

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        • c 9:9 - Gen. 18:10,14
          10 Not only that, but Rebekah's children had one and the same father, our father Isaac.24

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          11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad25--in order that God's purpose26 in election might stand:

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              12 not by works but by him who calls--she was told, "The older will serve the younger."d27

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              13 Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."e28

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              14 What then shall we say?29 Is God unjust? Not at all!30

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              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."f31

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                • f 9:15 - Exodus 33:19
                  16 It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy.32

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                  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."g33

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                  18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.34

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                  19 One of you will say to me:35 "Then why does God still blame us?36 For who resists his will?"37

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                  20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God?38 "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it,39 'Why did you make me like this?' "h40

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                    • h 9:20 - Isaiah 29:16; 45:9
                      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?41

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                      22 What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience42 the objects of his wrath--prepared for destruction?43

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                      23 What if he did this to make the riches of his glory44 known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory45--

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                      24 even us, whom he also called,46 not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?47

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                      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,"i48

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                      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.' "j49

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                      27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea,50 only the remnant will be saved.51

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                      28 For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality."k52

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                        • k 9:28 - Isaiah 10:22,23
                          29 It is just as Isaiah said previously: "Unless the Lord Almighty53 had left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah."l54

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                          Israel's Unbelief

                          30 What then shall we say?55 That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith;56

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                          31 but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness,57 has not attained it.58

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                          32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the "stumbling stone."59

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                          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."m60

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                            • m 9:33 - Isaiah 8:14; 28:16