Romans 9:1-15 New American Standard Bible

God's Election of Israel

9 1  I am telling the truth in Christ , I am not lying , my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit , 2  that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart . 3  For I could wish that I myself were accursed , separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren , my kinsmen according to the flesh , 4  who are Israelites , to whom belongs the adoption as sons , and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises , 5  whose are the fathers , and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh , who is over all , God blessed forever . Amen .

6  But it is not as though the word of God has failed . For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel ; 7  nor are they all children because they are Abraham's descendants , but: " THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED ." 8  That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God , but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants . 9  For this is the word of promise : " AT THIS TIME I WILL COME , AND SARAH SHALL HAVE A SON ." 10  And not only this, but there was Rebekah also , when she had conceived e twins by one man , our father Isaac ; 11  for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad , so that God's purpose according to His choice would stand , not because of works but because of Him who calls , 12  it was said to her, " THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER ." 13  Just as it is written , " JACOB I LOVED , BUT ESAU I HATED ."

14  What shall we say then ? There is no injustice with God , is there? May it never be! 15  For He says to Moses , " I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY , AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION ."

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