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Romans 9:1-9 (NRSV)


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.’

 

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