Romans 9:3
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New International Version
For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race,

New Living Translation
for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed--cut off from Christ!--if that would save them.

English Standard Version
For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.

Berean Study Bible
For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my own flesh and blood,

Berean Literal Bible
For I could wish myself to be a curse, separated from Christ for my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh,

New American Standard Bible
For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh,

King James Bible
For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I could almost wish to be cursed and cut off from the Messiah for the benefit of my brothers, my own flesh and blood.

International Standard Version
for I could wish that I myself were condemned and cut off from the Messiah for the sake of my brothers, my own people,

NET Bible
For I could wish that I myself were accursed--cut off from Christ--for the sake of my people, my fellow countrymen,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For I have been praying that I myself might be destroyed from The Messiah, for the sake of my brethren and my kinsman, who are in the flesh,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I wish I could be condemned and cut off from Christ for the sake of others who, like me, are Jewish by birth.

New American Standard 1977
For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I could wish that myself were anathema from Christ for my brethren, those who are my kinsmen according to the flesh,

King James 2000 Bible
For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

American King James Version
For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

American Standard Version
For I could wish that I myself were anathema from Christ for my brethren's sake, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I wished myself to be an anathema from Christ, for my brethren, who are my kinsmen according to the flesh,

Darby Bible Translation
for I have wished, I myself, to be a curse from the Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen, according to flesh;

English Revised Version
For I could wish that I myself were anathema from Christ for my brethren's sake, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

Webster's Bible Translation
For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ, for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

Weymouth New Testament
For I could pray to be accursed from Christ on behalf of my brethren, my human kinsfolk--for such the Israelites are.

World English Bible
For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers' sake, my relatives according to the flesh,

Young's Literal Translation
for I was wishing, I myself, to be anathema from the Christ -- for my brethren, my kindred, according to the flesh,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
9:1-5 Being about to discuss the rejection of the Jews and the calling of the Gentiles, and to show that the whole agrees with the sovereign electing love of God, the apostle expresses strongly his affection for his people. He solemnly appeals to Christ; and his conscience, enlightened and directed by the Holy Spirit, bore witness to his sincerity. He would submit to be treated as accursed, to be disgraced, crucified; and even for a time be in the deepest horror and distress; if he could rescue his nation from the destruction about to come upon them for their obstinate unbelief. To be insensible to the eternal condition of our fellow-creatures, is contrary both to the love required by the law, and the mercy of the gospel. They had long been professed worshippers of Jehovah. The law, and the national covenant which was grounded thereon, belonged to them. The temple worship was typical of salvation by the Messiah, and the means of communion with God. All the promises concerning Christ and his salvation were given to them. He is not only over all, as Mediator, but he is God blessed for ever.
Study Bible
Paul's Concern for the Jews
2I have deep sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my own flesh and blood, 4the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory and the covenants; theirs the giving of the Law, the temple worship, and the promises.…
Cross References
Exodus 32:32
"But now, if You will, forgive their sin-- and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!"

2 Samuel 18:33
The king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And thus he said as he walked, "O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!"

Acts 22:5
as the high priest and the whole Council can testify about me. I even obtained letters from them to their brothers in Damascus, and I was on my way to apprehend these people and bring them to Jerusalem to be punished.

Acts 28:21
The leaders replied, "We have not received any letters about you from Judea, nor have any of the brothers from there reported or even mentioned anything bad about you.

Romans 1:3
regarding His Son, who was a descendant of David according to flesh,

Romans 9:2
I have deep sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.

Romans 11:14
in the hope that I may provoke my own people to jealousy and save some of them.

Romans 16:7
Greet Andronicus and Junias, my fellow countrymen and fellow prisoners. They are distinguished among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.

Romans 16:11
Greet Herodion, my fellow countryman. Greet those from the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord.

Romans 16:21
Timothy, my fellow worker, sends you greetings, as do Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my fellow countrymen.
Treasury of Scripture

For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

I could.

Exodus 32:32 Yet now, if you will forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I …

were.

Deuteronomy 21:23 His body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall in …

Joshua 6:17,18 And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, …

1 Samuel 14:24,44 And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured …

Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to …

Galatians 3:10,13 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for …

accursed. or, separated. my kinsmen.

Romans 11:1 I say then, Has God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also …

Genesis 29:14 And Laban said to him, Surely you are my bone and my flesh. And he …

Esther 8:6 For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come to my people? …

Acts 7:23-26 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit …

Acts 13:26 Men and brothers, children of the stock of Abraham, and whoever among …

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