King James 2000
Paul's Concern for God's People, Israel
1I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit,
2That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
3For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
4Who are Israelites; to whom pertains the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;
5Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
God's Sovereign Choice
6Not as though the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel, who are of Israel:
7Neither, because they are the descendants of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall your descendants be called.
8That 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.
9For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.
10And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;
11(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calls;)
12It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
13As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
14What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
15For he says to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
16So then it is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God that shows mercy.
17For the scripture says unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
18Therefore has he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardens.
Who Can Question God?
19You will say then unto me, Why does he yet find fault? For who has resisted his will?
20Nay but, O man, who are you that replies against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why have you made me thus?
21Has not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?
22What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
23And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had before prepared unto glory,
Gentiles Can Also Become God's People
24Even us, whom he has called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
25As he says also in Hosea, I will call them my people, who were not my people; and her beloved, who was not beloved.
26And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, You are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
27Isaiah also cries concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
28For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
29And as Isaiah said before, Except the Lord of hosts had left us a descendant, we had been as Sodom, and been made like unto Gomorrah.
Righteousness Is of Faith, Not Law
30What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, who followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
31But Israel, who followed after the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.
32Why? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone;
33As it is written, Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense: and whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed.