The apostle's concern for the Jews. God's election is free,
and not confined to their nation.
1 I speak the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience bearing me witness
in the Holy Ghost:
2 That I have great sadness, and continual sorrow in my heart.
3 *For I wished myself to be an anathema from Christ, for my brethren,
who are my kinsmen according to the flesh,
4 Who are Israelites, to whom belongeth the adoption of sons, and the glory,
and the covenant, and the giving of the law, and the worship, and the promises:
5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom is Christ according to the flesh,
who is over all things, God blessed for ever. Amen.
6 Not as though the word of God hath failed. For all are not Israelites
that are of Israel:
7 Neither are all they, who are the seed of Abraham, children: *but in
Isaac shall thy seed be called:
8 That is to say, not they who are the children of the flesh, are the children
of God: but they *that are the children of the promise, are counted for the seed.
9 For this is the word of promise: *According to this time will I come:
and Sara shall have a son.
10 And not only she: *but when Rebecca also had conceived at once, by Isaac,
11 For when the children were not yet born, nor had done any good
or evil, (that the purpose of God according to election might stand)
12 Not of works, but of him that calleth, it was said to her:
13 *That the elder shall serve the younger, as it is written: Jacob I have
loved, but Esau I have hated.
14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? God forbid.
15 For he saith to Moses: *I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy:
and I will shew mercy to whom I will shew mercy.
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 to Pharao: *To this purpose have I raised thee
up, that I may shew my power in thee: and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
18 Therefore he hath mercy on whom he will, and whom he will he hardeneth.
19 Thou wilt say, therefore, to me: Why doth he then find fault? For who
resisteth his will?
20 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 Or 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 patience vessels of wrath, fitted for destruction,
23 That he might shew the riches of his glory upon the vessels of mercy,
which he hath prepared unto glory.
24 Even us, whom also he hath called, not of the Jews only, but
also of the Gentiles,
25 As he saith in Osee: *I will call the my people, that were not my people:
and her beloved, that was not beloved: and her, that had not obtained mercy, one that hath obtained mercy.
26 *And it shall be, in the place where it was said to them: you are not
my people: there they shall be called the children of the living God.
27 And Isaias crieth out concerning Israel: *If the number of the children
of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved.
28 For he shall finish his word, and cut it short in justice: because a
short word shall the Lord make upon the earth.
29 And as Isaias foretold:* unless the Lord of sabaoth had left us a seed,
we had been made as Sodom, and we had been like unto Gomorrha.
30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who followed not after justice,
have attained to justice: even the justice that is of faith.
31 But Israel, by following after the law of justice, is not come to the
law of justice.
32 Why so? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were of
works: for they stumbled at the stumbling-stone;
33 As it is written: *Behold I lay in Sion a stumbling-stone, and a rock
of scandal: and whosoever believeth in him, shall not be confounded.
3: Acts ix. 2.; 1 Corinthians xv. 9.
7: Genesis xxi. 12.
8: Galatians iv. 28.
9: Genesis xviii. 10.
10: Genesis xxv. 24.
13: Genesis xxv. 23.; Malachias i. 2.
15: Exodus xxxiii. 19.
17: Exodus ix. 16.
20: Wisdom xv. 7.; Isaias xlv. 9.; Jeremias xviii. 6.
25: Osee ii. 24.; 1 Peter ii. 10.
26: Osee i. 10.
27: Isaias x. 22.
29: Isaias i. 9.
33: Isaias viii. 14. and xxviii. 16.; 1 Peter ii. 7.