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Letter of Paul to the Romans Chapter 9
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1 I [Note 1] 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 I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
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;
5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac 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, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son
10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;
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;)
12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
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 have compassion.
16 So 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, 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.
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 who hath resisted his will?
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?
21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one 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 the 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, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
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.
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:
28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
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.
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, hath 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 they stumbled at that stumbling-stone;
33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling-stone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Note 1: I = Paul

1 veritatem dico in Christo non mentior testimonium mihi perhibente conscientia mea in Spiritu Sancto
2 quoniam tristitia est mihi magna et continuus dolor cordi meo
3 optabam enim ipse ego anathema esse a Christo pro fratribus meis qui sunt cognati mei secundum carnem
4 qui sunt Israhelitae quorum adoptio est filiorum et gloria et testamenta et legislatio et obsequium et promissa
5 quorum patres et ex quibus Christus secundum carnem qui est super omnia Deus benedictus in saecula amen
6 non autem quod exciderit verbum Dei non enim omnes qui ex Israhel hii sunt Israhel
7 neque quia semen sunt Abrahae omnes filii sed in Isaac vocabitur tibi semen
8 id est non qui filii carnis hii filii Dei sed qui filii sunt promissionis aestimantur in semine
9 promissionis enim verbum hoc est secundum hoc tempus veniam et erit Sarrae filius
10 non solum autem sed et Rebecca ex uno concubitum habens Isaac patre nostro
11 cum enim nondum nati fuissent aut aliquid egissent bonum aut malum ut secundum electionem propositum Dei maneret
12 non ex operibus sed ex vocante dictum est ei quia maior serviet minori
13 sicut scriptum est Iacob dilexi Esau autem odio habui
14 quid ergo dicemus numquid iniquitas apud Deum absit
15 Mosi enim dicit miserebor cuius misereor et misericordiam praestabo cuius miserebor
16 igitur non volentis neque currentis sed miserentis Dei
17 dicit enim scriptura Pharaoni quia in hoc ipsum excitavi te ut ostendam in te virtutem meam et ut adnuntietur nomen meum in universa terra
18 ergo cuius vult miseretur et quem vult indurat
19 dicis itaque mihi quid adhuc queritur voluntati enim eius quis resistit
20 o homo tu quis es qui respondeas Deo numquid dicit figmentum ei qui se finxit quid me fecisti sic
21 an non habet potestatem figulus luti ex eadem massa facere aliud quidem vas in honorem aliud vero in contumeliam
22 quod si volens Deus ostendere iram et notam facere potentiam suam sustinuit in multa patientia vasa irae aptata in interitum
23 ut ostenderet divitias gloriae suae in vasa misericordiae quae praeparavit in gloriam
24 quos et vocavit nos non solum ex Iudaeis sed etiam ex gentibus
25 sicut in Osee dicit vocabo non plebem meam plebem meam et non misericordiam consecutam misericordiam consecutam
26 et erit in loco ubi dictum est eis non plebs mea vos ibi vocabuntur filii Dei vivi
27 Esaias autem clamat pro Israhel si fuerit numerus filiorum Israhel tamquam harena maris reliquiae salvae fient
28 verbum enim consummans et brevians in aequitate quia verbum breviatum faciet Dominus super terram
29 et sicut praedixit Esaias nisi Dominus Sabaoth reliquisset nobis semen sicut Sodoma facti essemus et sicut Gomorra similes fuissemus
30 quid ergo dicemus quod gentes quae non sectabantur iustitiam adprehenderunt iustitiam iustitiam autem quae ex fide est
31 Israhel vero sectans legem iustitiae in legem iustitiae non pervenit
32 quare quia non ex fide sed quasi ex operibus offenderunt in lapidem offensionis
33 sicut scriptum est ecce pono in Sion lapidem offensionis et petram scandali et omnis qui credit in eum non confundetur