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Romans 9:1-8 (New International Version)

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God's Sovereign Choice

1 I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying,1 my conscience confirms2 it in the Holy Spirit-- 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 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 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. 6 It is not as though God's word18 had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.19 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 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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