I say the truth in the Messiah (haMashiach), I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit (Ruach haQodesh),
2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from the Messiah (haMashiach) for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh;
4 Who are the children of Yisrael; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the B28aTorah, and the service of God (Elohim), and the promises;
5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh the Messiah (haMashiach) came, who is over all, יהוה (YHWH) blessed for ever. Amen.
6 Not as though the word of God (Elohim, יהוה (YHWH)) hath taken none effect. For they are not all Yisrael, who are of Yisrael;
7 Neither, because they are the seed of Avraham, are they all children; but, “In Isaac (Yitschaq) shall your seed be called.” – 2 Chro. 20:7, Psa.105:6, Gen. 21:12
8 That is, they who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God (Elohim); but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
9 For this is the word of promise: “At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.” – Gen. 18:14
10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac (Yitschaq);
11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God (Elohim) according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that calleth;)
12 It was said unto her: “The elder shall serve the younger.” – Gen. 25:23
13 As it is written, “Jacob (Yaaqov) have I loved, but Esaw have I hated.” – Mal. 1:2–3
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God (Elohim, יהוה (YHWH))? God (Elohim) forbid.
15 For He saith to Moses (Mosheh), “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” – Exo.33:19
16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God (Elohim, יהוה (YHWH)) that sheweth mercy.
17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, “Even for this same purpose have I raised you up, that I might shew My power in you, and that My name might be declared throughout all the earth.” – Exo. 9:16
18 Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth.
19 You wilt say then unto me, “Why doth He yet find fault? For who hath resisted His will?”
20 Nay but, O man, who are you that repliest against יהוה (YHWH)? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, “Why have you made me thus?” – Isa. 29:16, 45:9
21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
22 What if יהוה (YHWH), willing to shew His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction;
23 And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory,
24 Even us, whom He hath called, not of the Jews (Yehudim) only, but also of the Gentiles (Goyim)?
25 As He saith also in Osee (Hoshea): “I will call them My people, who were not My people; and her beloved, who was not beloved.”
26 And 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 (Elohim).” – Hos. 2:23, 1:10
27 Isaiah (Yeshayahu) also crieth concerning Yisrael: “Though the number of the children of Yisrael be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved;
28 For He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness; because a short work will the Lord (YHWH) make upon the earth.” – Isa. 10:22–23
29 And as Isaiah (Yeshayahu) said before: “Except יהוה of hosts (YHWH Tsevaot) had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.” – Isa. 1:9
30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles (Goyim), who followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
31 But Yisrael, who followed after the Law (Torah) of righteousness, hath not attained to the Law (Torah) of righteousness.
32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it was by the works of the law (torah). For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; – Isa 8:14
33 As it is written: “Behold, I lay in Sion (Tsiyon) a stumblingstone and rock of offence; and whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed. – Isa. 28:16