1 I am speaking the truth in Christ -- I am not lying;
my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit --
2 I have great
sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
3 For I could
wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the
sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh.
4 They are Israelites,
and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving
of the law, the worship, and the promises;
5 to them belong
the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the
Messiah, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
6 It is not as
though the word of God had failed. For not all Israelites truly
belong to Israel,
7 and not all
of Abraham’s children are his true descendants; but ‘It
is through Isaac that descendants shall be named after you.’
8 This means that
it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God,
but the children of the promise are counted as descendants.
9 For this is
what the promise said, ‘About this time I will return and
Sarah shall have a son.’