Paulís Anguish Over Israel
9:1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my
conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,
9:2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my
9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ
for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption,
and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law,
and the service of God, and the promises;
9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the
flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever.
Godís Sovereign Choice
9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect.
For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
9:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they
all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
9:8 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.
9:9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I
come, and Sarah shall have a son.
9:10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived
by one, even by our father Isaac;
9:11 (For the children being not 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;)
9:12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the
9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I
9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with
God? God forbid.
9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I
will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will
9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that
runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even 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.
9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy,
and whom he will he hardeneth.
9:19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find
fault? For who hath resisted his will?
9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against
God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why
hast thou made me thus?
9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same
lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto
9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make
his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels
of wrath fitted to destruction:
9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory
on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto
9:24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only,
but also of the Gentiles?
9:25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people,
which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not
9:26 And 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.
9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the
number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea,
a remnant shall be saved:
9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in
righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon
9:29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth
had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made
like unto Gomorrha.
9:30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which
followed not after righteousness, have attained to
righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
9:31 But Israel, which followed after the law of
righteousness, hath not attained to the law of
9:32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as
it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that
9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a
stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth
on him shall not be ashamed.