Romans 9:3-13 NIV

3 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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4 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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5 Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised!a Amen.

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    • ‹ 9:5 - Or "Messiah, who is over all. God be forever praised!" Or "Messiah. God who is over all be forever praised!"

      God’s Sovereign Choice

      6 It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.

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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.”b

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      8 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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      9 For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”c

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        •  9:9 - Gen. 18:10,14
          10 Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac.

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          11 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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              12 not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”d

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              13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”e

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