1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,
2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
3 For aI could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
4 bWho are Israelites; cto whom pertaineth the adoption, and dthe glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and ethe promises;
5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, fwho is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For gthey are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 7 hNeither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In iIsaac shall thy seed be called. 8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. 9 For this is the word of promise, jAt this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son. 10 And not only this; but when kRebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; 11 (For the children being lnot yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 13 As it is written, mJacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
14 What shall we say then? nIs there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. 15 For he saith to Moses, oI will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 16 pSo then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. 17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, qEven for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. 19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For rwho hath resisted his will? 20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that srepliest against God? tShall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the upotter power over the clay, of the same lump to make vone vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering wthe vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, 24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
25 As he saith also in Osee, xI will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. 26 yAnd it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. 27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, zThough the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: 28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: abecause a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. 29 And as Esaias said before, bExcept the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, cwe had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.
30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. 31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, dhath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For ethey stumbled at that stumblingstone; 33 As it is written, fBehold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
|5||f||1 Joh 5:20|
|2 Chr 19:7|
|v||2 Tim 2:20|
|22||w||1 The 5:9|
|1 Cor 1:23|
|1 Pet 2:6,8|