Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1I speak the truth in The Messiah, and I do not lie; my conscience bears witness to me in The Spirit of Holiness, 2That I have great unceasing sorrow and affliction from my heart, 3For 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, 4Who are the children of Israel, whose was the adoption of children, the glory, The Covenant, The Written Law, the ministry which is in it, The Promises, 5And the Patriarchs; and from them The Messiah appeared in the flesh, who is The God Who is over all, to Whom are praises and blessings to the eternity of eternities, amen.*
6But it was not that the word of God had failed, for they were not all of Israel, who are Israel; 7Neither because they are of his seed are they all children of Abraham, because it was said, "In Isaac your seed shall be called." 8But 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. 9For The Promise is this word: "At this time, I will come and Sarah will have a son." 10And not only this, but Rebecca also, when she had a conjugal relation with our father Isaac, 11Before her children were to be born or would do good or evil, the choice of God was revealed beforehand that this would stand not by works, but by him who called. 12For it was said, "The elder shall be a Servant to the younger", 13As it is written: "I have loved Jacob and I have hated Esau."
14What shall we say, therefore? Is there evil with God? God forbid! 15Behold, he said also to Moses, "I shall show love on whomever I love, and I shall take pity on whomever I pity." 16Therefore it is not by means of him who wills, neither by means of him who runs, but in the hand of God, the merciful. 17For he said in the Scriptures to Pharaoh, "For this I have raised you up, that I may show my power with you, and that my name may be declared in the whole Earth." 18So then, he shows compassion on whomever he will, and whomever he will, he hardens.
19Doubtless you will say, "Why does he find fault, for who stands against his will?" 20Therefore, who are you, oh son of man, that you give a rebuttal to God? Does the thing formed say to the one who formed it, "Why have you made me this way?" 21Or is not a potter authorized over the clay to make some formed things from it, one vessel for honor and one for dishonor? 22But if God was willing to show his wrath and reveal his power, bringing wrath with a multitude of patience against vessels of wrath that were perfected for destruction, 23And his love overflowed on the vessels of compassion that were prepared by God for glory; 24For we are called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles.
25Just as it says also in Hosea: "I shall call those who were not my people, 'My people', and you who were not beloved, 'Beloved'.
26For it shall be in the place where they were called, 'Not my people', there they shall be called 'children of THE LIVING GOD.' "
27But Isaiah preached against the children of Israel: "If the number of the children of Israel is as the sand of the sea, a remnant of them shall be saved." 28He has cut the matter short and has cut it off; THE LORD JEHOVAH shall do it upon The Earth.
29And as that which Isaiah said before: "If THE LORD JEHOVAH of Hosts* had not left survivors*, we would have been like Sadom and we would have been like Amorah.
30What shall we say, therefore? The Gentiles, who did not run after righteousness have obtained righteousness, even the righteousness which is from faith, 31But Israel that had run after The Written Law of righteousness did not obtain the Law of righteousness?* 32Why? Because it was not from faith, but from the works of The Written Law, for they were stumbled at the stumbling stone,
33As it is written: "Behold. I have laid down in Zion a stumbling stone and a stone of offense and whoever will believe in him will not be disappointed."