Romans 9:8
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New International Version
In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God's children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham's offspring.

New Living Translation
This means that Abraham's physical descendants are not necessarily children of God. Only the children of the promise are considered to be Abraham's children.

English Standard Version
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 offspring.

Berean Study Bible
So it is not the children of the flesh who are God's children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as offspring.

Berean Literal Bible
That is, the children of the flesh, these are not children of God; but the children of the promise are regarded as offspring.

New American Standard Bible
That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.

King James Bible
That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
That is, it is not the children by physical descent who are God's children, but the children of the promise are considered to be the offspring.

International Standard Version
That is, it is not merely the children born through natural descent who were regarded as God's children, but it is the children born through the promise who were regarded as descendants.

NET Bible
This means it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God; rather, the children of promise are counted as descendants.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But this is not because the children of the flesh are the children of God, but the children of The Promise are accounted for the seed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This means that children born by natural descent [from Abraham] are not necessarily God's children. Instead, children born by the promise are considered Abraham's descendants.

New American Standard 1977
That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.

Jubilee Bible 2000
That is, Those who are sons of the flesh, these are not the sons of God; but those who are sons of the promise are counted in the generation.

King James 2000 Bible
That is, They who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the descendants.

American King James Version
That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

American Standard Version
That is, it is not the children of the flesh that are children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned for a seed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That is to say, not they that are the children of the flesh, are the children of God; but they, that are the children of the promise, are accounted for the seed.

Darby Bible Translation
That is, [they that are] the children of the flesh, these [are] not the children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned as seed.

English Revised Version
That is, it is not the children of the flesh that are children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned for a seed.

Webster's Bible Translation
That is, They who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Weymouth New Testament
In other words, it is not the children by natural descent who count as God's children, but the children made such by the promise are regarded as Abraham's posterity.

World English Bible
That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as a seed.

Young's Literal Translation
that is, the children of the flesh -- these are not children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned for seed;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
9:6-13 The rejection of the Jews by the gospel dispensation, did not break God's promise to the patriarchs. The promises and threatenings shall be fulfilled. Grace does not run in the blood; nor are saving benefits always found with outward church privileges. Not only some of Abraham's seed were chosen, and others not, but God therein wrought according to the counsel of his own will. God foresaw both Esau and Jacob as born in sin, by nature children of wrath even as others. If left to themselves they would have continued in sin through life; but for wise and holy reasons, not made known to us, he purposed to change Jacob's heart, and to leave Esau to his perverseness. This instance of Esau and Jacob throws light upon the Divine conduct to the fallen race of man. The whole Scripture shows the difference between the professed Christian and the real believer. Outward privileges are bestowed on many who are not the children of God. There is, however, full encouragement to diligent use of the means of grace which God has appointed.
Study Bible
God's Sovereign Choice
7Nor because they are Abraham’s descendants are they all his children. On the contrary, “Through Isaac your offspring will be reckoned.” 8So it is not the children of the flesh who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as offspring. 9For this is what the promise specified: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 14:1
"You are the sons of the LORD your God; you shall not cut yourselves nor shave your forehead for the sake of the dead.

Matthew 3:9
And do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

Romans 4:13
For the promise that Abraham would be heir of the world was not made to him and his descendants through the Law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.

Romans 4:16
Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may rest on grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring--not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.

Romans 8:14
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

Romans 8:16
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.

Romans 8:19
The creation waits in eager expectation for the revelation of the sons of God.

Galatians 3:29
And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 4:28
Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of the promise.

Hebrews 11:11
By faith Sarah, even though she was barren and beyond the opportune age, was enabled to conceive a child, because she considered Him faithful who had promised.
Treasury of Scripture

That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

They which.

Romans 4:11-16 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness …

Galatians 4:22-31 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a female …

are counted.

Genesis 31:15 Are we not counted of him strangers? for he has sold us, and has …

Psalm 22:30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

Psalm 87:6 The LORD shall count, when he writes up the people, that this man …

John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor …

Galatians 3:26-29 For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus…

Galatians 4:28 Now we, brothers, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

1 John 3:1,2 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we …

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