Romans, Chapter 9

I tell [the] truth in Christ, I do not lie, my conscience also bearing me witness in [the] Holy Spirit,

that I have great heaviness and continual pain in my heart.

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For I myself was wishing to be accursed from Christ for my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh,

who are Israelites; to whom [belong] the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the Law, and the service [of God], and the promises;

whose [are] the fathers, and of whom [is] the Christ according to flesh, He being God over all, blessed forever. Amen.

Not however that the word of God has failed, for not all those of Israel [are] Israel;

nor because they are the seed of Abraham [are they] all children. But, "In Isaac shall your Seed be called."

That is, not the children of the flesh [are] children of God; but the children of the promise [are] counted for a seed.

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For this [is] the word of promise: "At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son."

And not only [this], but when Rebekah also had conceived by one, by our father Isaac

(for [the children] had not yet been born, neither had done any good or evil; but that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who called,)

it was said to her, "The elder shall serve the younger."

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As it is written, "Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated."

What shall we say then? [Is there] not unrighteousness with God? Let it not be!

For He said to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion."

So then [it is] not of the [one] willing, nor of the [one] running, but of God, the [One] showing mercy.

For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "Even for this same purpose I have raised you up, that I might show My power in you, and that My name might be declared throughout all the earth."

Therefore He has mercy on whom He will [have mercy], and whom He will, He hardens.

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You will then say to me, Why does He yet find fault? For who has resisted His will?

No, but, O man, who are you who replies against God? Shall the thing formed say to Him who formed [it], Why have you made me this way?

Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel to honor and another to dishonor?

[What] if God, willing to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction;

and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy which He had before prepared to glory;

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whom He also called, not only us, of Jews, but also of the nations?

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As He also says in Hosea, "I will call those not My people, My people; and those not beloved, Beloved."

And it shall be, in the place where it was said to them. "You [are] not My people; there they shall be called sons of the living God."

Isaiah also cries concerning Israel, "Though the number of the sons of Israel is as the sands of the sea, a remnant shall be saved.

For [He is] bringing [the] matter to an end, and cutting short in righteousness, because [the] Lord will make a short work on the earth."

And as Isaiah said before, "Unless the Lord of hosts had left us a seed, we would have been as Sodom, and would have been like Gomorrah."

What shall we say then? That the nations, who did not follow after righteousness have taken on righteousness, but a righteousness of faith.

But Israel, who followed after a law of righteousness did not arrive at a law of righteousness.

Why? Because [it was] not of faith, but as it were by the works of the Law. For they stumbled at that Stumbling-stone;

as it is written, "Behold, I lay in Zion a Stumbling-stone and a Rock-of-offense, and everyone believing on Him shall not be put to shame."

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