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Romans 9:1
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Paul's Anguish Over Israel

I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying,(a) my conscience confirms(b) it through the Holy Spirit—
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Romans 9:2
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I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
Romans 9:3
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For I could wish that I myself(c) were cursed(d) and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people,(e) those of my own race,(f)
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Romans 9:4
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the people of Israel.(g) Theirs is the adoption to sonship;(h) theirs the divine glory,(i) the covenants,(j) the receiving of the law,(k) the temple worship(l) and the promises.(m)
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Romans 9:5
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Theirs are the patriarchs,(n) and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah,(o) who is God over all,(p) forever praised![a](q) Amen.
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Romans 9:6
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It is not as though God's word(r) had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.(s)
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Romans 9:7
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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."[b](t)
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Romans 9:8
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In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God's children,(u) but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham's offspring.(v)
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Romans 9:9
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For this was how the promise was stated: "At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son."[c](w)
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Romans 9:10
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Not only that, but Rebekah's children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac.(x)
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Romans 9:11
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Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad(y)—in order that God's purpose(z) in election might stand:
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Romans 9:12
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not by works but by him who calls—she was told, "The older will serve the younger."[d](aa)
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Romans 9:13
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Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."[e](ab)
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Romans 9:14
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What then shall we say?(ac) Is God unjust? Not at all!(ad)
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Romans 9:15
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For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."[f](ae)
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Romans 9:16
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It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy.(af)
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Romans 9:17
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For Scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."[g](ag)
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Romans 9:18
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Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.(ah)
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Romans 9:19
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One of you will say to me:(ai) "Then why does God still blame us?(aj) For who is able to resist his will?"(ak)
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Romans 9:20
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But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God?(al) "Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,(am) ‘Why did you make me like this?'"[h](an)
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Romans 9:21
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Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?(ao)
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Romans 9:22
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What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience(ap) the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction?(aq)
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Romans 9:23
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What if he did this to make the riches of his glory(ar) known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory(as)
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Romans 9:24
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even us, whom he also called,(at) not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?(au)
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Romans 9:25
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As he says in Hosea: "I will call them ‘my people' who are not my people; and I will call her ‘my loved one' who is not my loved one,"[i](av)
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Romans 9:26
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and, "In the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,' there they will be called ‘children of the living God.'"[j](aw)
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Romans 9:27
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Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea,(ax) only the remnant will be saved.(ay)
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Romans 9:28
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For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality."[k](az)
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Romans 9:29
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It is just as Isaiah said previously: "Unless the Lord Almighty(ba) had left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah."[l](bb)
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Romans 9:30
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What then shall we say?(bc) That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith;(bd)
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Romans 9:31
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but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness,(be) have not attained their goal.(bf)
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Romans 9:32
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Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone.(bg)
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Romans 9:33
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As it is written: "See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame."[m](bh)
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