Romans 9:1-15 New International Version

God's Election of Israel

9 1  I speak the truth in Christ-I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit- 2  I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 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, 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. 5  Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised![1] Amen.

6  It is not as though God's word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. 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."[2] 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. 9  For this was how the promise was stated: "At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son."[3] 10  Not only that, but Rebekah's children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. 11  Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad-in order that God's purpose in election might stand: 12  not by works but by him who calls-she was told, "The older will serve the younger."[4] 13  Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."[5]

14  What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 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."[6]


[1] 9:5 Or "Messiah, who is over all. God be forever praised!" Or "Messiah. God who is over all be forever praised!"

[2] 9:7 Gen. 21:12

[3] 9:9 Gen. 18:10,14

[4] 9:12 Gen. 25:23

[5] 9:13 Mal. 1:2,3

[6] 9:15 Exodus 33:19

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