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Romans 9 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Israel’s Rejection of Christ
God’s Mercy Is on Whom He Chooses
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:1 - I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:2 - that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:3 - For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen[fn] according to the flesh,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:4 - who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises;
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:5 - of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.
Israel’s Rejection and God’s Purpose
(Gen. 25:19–23 )
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:6 - But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:7 - nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:8 - That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:9 - For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:10 - And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:11 - (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls),
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:12 - it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:13 - As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”[fn]
Israel’s Rejection and God’s Justice
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:14 - What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not!
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:15 - For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:16 - So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:17 - For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:18 - Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:19 - You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?”
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:20 - But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?”
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:21 - Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:22 - What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:23 - and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:24 - even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:25 - As He says also in Hosea:

“I will call them My people, who were not My people,
And her beloved, who was not beloved.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:26 - “And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,
are not My people,’
There they shall be called sons of the living God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:27 - Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel:[fn]

“Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea,
The remnant will be saved.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:28 - For He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness,
Because the LORD will make a short work upon the earth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:29 - And as Isaiah said before:

“Unless the LORD of Sabaoth[fn] had left us a seed,
We would have become like Sodom,
And we would have been made like Gomorrah.”
Present Condition of Israel
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:30 - What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith;
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:31 - but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:32 - Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law.[fn] For they stumbled at that stumbling stone.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:33 - As it is written:

“Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense,
whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”[fn]
NKJV Footnotes
Or relatives
Genesis 21:12
Genesis 18:10, 14
Genesis 25:23
Malachi 1:2, 3
Exodus 33:19
Exodus 9:16
Hosea 2:23
Hosea 1:10
Isaiah 10:22, 23
NU-Text reads For the LORD will finish the work and cut it short upon the earth.
Literally, in Hebrew, Hosts
Isaiah 1:9
NU-Text omits of righteousness.
NU-Text reads by works.
Isaiah 8:14; 28:16

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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