I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying,1 my conscience confirms2 it in the Holy Spirit--
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I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
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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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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Theirs are the patriarchs,14 and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ,15 who is God over all,16 forever praised!17 Amen.
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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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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."20
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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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