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9:1 I tell the truth in Christ. I am not lying, my conscience testifying with me in the Holy Spirit,
9:2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing pain in my heart.
9:3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers` sake, my relatives according to the flesh,
9:6 But it is not as though the word of God has come to nothing. For they are not all Israel, that are of Israel.
9:7 Neither, because they are Abraham`s seed, are they all children. But, "In Isaac will your seed be called."
9:10 Not only so, but Rebecca also conceived by one, by our father Isaac.
9:11 For being not yet born, neither having done anything good or bad, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him who calls,
9:12 it was said to her, "The elder will serve the younger."
9:13 Even as it is written, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."
9:14 What will we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not!
9:15 For he said to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."
9:16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who has mercy.
9:17 For the scripture says to Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I caused you to be raised up, that I might show in you my power, and that my name might be published abroad in all the earth."
9:18 So then, he has mercy on whom he desires, and he hardens whom he desires.
9:19 You will say then to me, "Why does he still find fault? For who withstands his will?"
9:20 But no, man, who are you who replies against God? Will the thing formed ask him who formed it, "Why did you make me like this?"
9:23 and that he might make known the riches of his glory on vessels of mercy, which he prepared beforehand for glory,
9:24 us, whom he also called, not from the Jews only, but also from the Gentiles?
9:25 As he says also in Hosea, "I will call them `my people,` which were not my people; And her `beloved,` who was not beloved."
9:29 As Isaiah has said before, "Unless the Lord of Hosts had left us a seed, We would have become like Sodom, And would have been made like Gomorrah."
9:30 What will we say then? That the Gentiles, who didn`t follow after righteousness, attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith;
9:33 even as it is written, "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense. And no one who believes in him will be put to shame.