Romans 9:3-13 NIV

3 For I could wish that I myself1 were cursed2 and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers,3 those of my own race,4

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4 the people of Israel.5 Theirs is the adoption as sons;6 theirs the divine glory,7 the covenants,8 the receiving of the law,9 the temple worship10 and the promises.11

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5 Theirs are the patriarchs,12 and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ,13 who is God over all,14 forever praised!a15 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 word16 had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.17

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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."b18

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      8 In other words, it is not the natural children who are God's children,19 but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham's offspring.20

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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."c21

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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.22

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          11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad23--in order that God's purpose24 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."d25

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              13 Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."e26

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