I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit—
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I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race,
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the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises.
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Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.
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It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.
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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.”
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In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.
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For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”
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Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac.
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Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand:
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not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”
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Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
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