1: Truth I say in Christ, I lie not, my conscience bearing testimony with me in the Holy Spirit, 2: that I have great grief and unceasing pain in my heart -- 3: for I was wishing, I myself, to be anathema from the Christ -- for my brethren, my kindred, according to the flesh, 4: who are Israelites, whose [is] the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the lawgiving, and the service, and the promises, 5: whose [are] the fathers, and of whom [is] the Christ, according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed to the ages. Amen. 6: And it is not possible that the word of God hath failed; for not all who [are] of Israel are these Israel; 7: nor because they are seed of Abraham [are] all children, but -- 'in Isaac shall a seed be called to thee;' 8: that is, the children of the flesh -- these [are] not children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned for seed; 9: for the word of promise [is] this; 'According to this time I will come, and there shall be to Sarah a son.' 10: And not only [so], but also Rebecca, having conceived by one -- Isaac our father -- 11: (for they being not yet born, neither having done anything good or evil, that the purpose of God, according to choice, might remain; not of works, but of Him who is calling,) it was said to her -- 12: 'The greater shall serve the less;' 13: according as it hath been written, 'Jacob I did love, and Esau I did hate.' 14: What, then, shall we say? unrighteousness [is] with God? let it not be! 15: for to Moses He saith, 'I will do kindness to whom I do kindness, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion;' 16: so, then -- not of him who is willing, nor of him who is running, but of God who is doing kindness: 17: for the Writing saith to Pharaoh -- 'For this very thing I did raise thee up, that I might shew in thee My power, and that My name might be declared in all the land;' 18: so, then, to whom He willeth, He doth kindness, and to whom He willeth, He doth harden. 19: Thou wilt say, then, to me, 'Why yet doth He find fault? for His counsel who hath resisted?' 20: nay, but, O man, who art thou that art answering again to God? shall the thing formed say to Him who did form [it], Why me didst thou make thus? 21: hath not the potter authority over the clay, out of the same lump to make the one vessel to honour, and the one to dishonour? 22: And if God, willing to shew the wrath and to make known His power, did endure, in much long suffering, vessels of wrath fitted for destruction, 23: and that He might make known the riches of His glory on vessels of kindness, that He before prepared for glory, whom also He did call -- us -- 24: not only out of Jews, but also out of nations, 25: as also in Hosea He saith, 'I will call what [is] not My people -- My people; and her not beloved -- Beloved, 26: and it shall be -- in the place where it was said to them, Ye [are] not My people; there they shall be called sons of the living God.' 27: And Isaiah doth cry concerning Israel, 'If the number of the sons of Israel may be as the sand of the sea, the remnant shall be saved; 28: for a matter He is finishing, and is cutting short in righteousness, because a matter cut short will the Lord do upon the land. 29: and according as Isaiah saith before, 'Except the Lord of Sabaoth did leave to us a seed, as Sodom we had become, and as Gomorrah we had been made like.' 30: What, then, shall we say? that nations who are not pursuing righteousness did attain to righteousness, and righteousness that [is] of faith, 31: and Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, at a law of righteousness did not arrive; 32: wherefore? because -- not by faith, but as by works of law; for they did stumble at the stone of stumbling, 33: according as it hath been written, 'Lo, I place in Sion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence; and every one who is believing thereon shall not be ashamed.'