The Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to the Romans (Author Paul)

9:1¤ I speak the truth in Christ: I lie not, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost:

9:2That I have great sadness and continual sorrow in my heart.

9:3For I wished myself to be an anathema from Christ, for my brethren: who are my kinsmen according to the flesh:

9:4Who are Israelites: to whom belongeth the adoption as of children and the glory and the testament and the giving of the law and the service of God and the promises:

9:5Whose are the fathers and of whom is Christ, according to the flesh, who is over all things, God blessed for ever. Amen.

9:6Not as though the word of God hath miscarried. For all are not Israelites that are of Israel.

9:7Neither are all they that are the seed of Abraham, children: but in Isaac shall thy seed be called.

9:8That is to say, not they that are the children of the flesh are the children of God: but they that are the children of the promise are accounted for the seed.

9:9For this is the word of promise: According to this time will I come. And Sara shall have a son.

9:10And not only she. But when Rebecca also had conceived at once of Isaac our father.

9:11For when the children were not yet born, nor had done any good or evil (that the purpose of God according to election might stand): Not of works, but of him that calleth,

9:12It was said to her: The elder shall serve the younger.

9:13As it is written: Jacob I have loved: but Esau I have hated.

9:14What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? God forbid!

9:15For he saith to Moses: I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy. And I will shew mercy to whom I will shew mercy.

9:16So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

9:17For the scripture saith to Pharao: To this purpose have I raised thee, that I may shew my power in thee and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

9:18Therefore he hath mercy on whom he will. And whom he will, he hardeneth.

9:19Thou wilt say therefore to me: Why doth he then find fault? For who resisteth his will?

9:20O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it: Why hast thou made me thus?

9:21Or hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump, to make one vessel unto honour and another unto dishonour?

9:22What if God, willing to shew his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath, fitted for destruction,

9:23That he might shew the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy which he hath prepared unto glory?

9:24Even us, whom also he hath called, not only of the Jews but also of the Gentiles.

9:25As in Osee he saith: I will call that which was not my people, my people; and her that was not beloved, beloved; and her that had not obtained mercy; one that hath obtained mercy.

9:26And it shalt be in the place where it was said unto them: you are not my people; there they shall be called the sons of the living God.

9:27And Isaias crieth out concerning Israel: If the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved.

9:28For he shall finish his word and cut it short in justice: because a short word shall the Lord make upon the earth.

9:29And as Isaias foretold: Unless the Lord of Sabbath had left us a seed, we had been made as Sodom and we had been like unto Gomorrha.

9:30What then shall we say? That the Gentiles who followed not after justice have attained to justice, even the justice that is of faith.

9:31But Israel, by following after the law of justice, is not come unto the law of justice.

9:32Why so? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were of works. For they stumbled at the stumblingstone.

9:33As it is written: Behold I lay in Sion a stumbling-stone and a rock of scandal. And whosoever believeth in him shall not be confounded.

10:1¤ Brethren, the will of my heart, indeed and my prayer to God is for them unto salvation.

10:2For I bear them witness that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

10:3For they, not knowing the justice of God and seeking to establish their own, have not submitted themselves to the justice of God.

10:4For the end of the law is Christ: unto justice to everyone that believeth.

10:5For Moses wrote that the justice which is of the law: The man that shall do it shall live by it.

10:6But the justice which is of faith, speaketh thus: Say not in thy heart: Who shall ascend into heaven? That is to bring Christ down;

10:7Or who shall descend into the deep? That is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.

10:8But what saith the scripture? The word is nigh thee; even in thy mouth and in thy heart. This is the word of faith, which we preach.

10:9For if thou confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thy heart that God hath raised him up from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10:10For, with the heart, we believe unto justice: but, with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.

10:11For the scripture saith: Whosoever believeth in him shall not be confounded.

10:12For there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek: for the same is Lord over all, rich unto all that call upon him.

10:13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

10:14How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

10:15And how shall they preach unless they be sent, as it is written: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, of them that bring glad tidings of good things?

10:16But all do not obey the gospel. For Isaias saith: Lord, who hath believed our report?

10:17Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ.

10:18But I say: Have they not heard? Yes, verily: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth: and their words unto the ends of the whole world.

10:19But I say: Hath not Israel known? First, Moses saith: I will provoke you to jealousy by that which is not a nation: by a foolish nation I will anger you.

10:20But Isaias is bold, and saith: I was found by them that did not seek me. I appeared openly to them that asked not after me.

10:21But to Israel he saith: All the day long have I spread my hands to a people that believeth not and contradicteth me.

11:1¤ I say then: Hath God cast away his people? God forbid! For I also am an Israelite of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

11:2God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Know you not what the scripture saith of Elias, how he calleth on God against Israel?

11:3Lord, they have slain thy prophets, they have dug down thy altars. And I am left alone: and they seek my life.

11:4But what saith the divine answer to him? I have left me seven thousand men that have not bowed their knees to Baal.

11:5Even so then, at this present time also, there is a remnant saved according to the election of grace.

11:6And if by grace, it is not now by works: otherwise grace is no more grace.

11:7What then? That which Israel sought, he hath not obtained: but the election hath obtained it. And the rest have been blinded.

11:8As it is written: God hath given them the spirit of insensibility; eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear, until this present day.

11:9And David saith: Let their table be made a snare and a trap and a stumbling block and a recompense unto them.

11:10Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see: and bow down their back always.

11:11I say then: Have they so stumbled, that they should fall? God forbid! But by their offence salvation is come to the Gentiles, that they may be emulous of them.

11:12Now if the offence of them be the riches of the world and the diminution of them the riches of the Gentiles: how much more the fulness of them?

11:13For I say to you, Gentiles: As long indeed as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I will honour my ministry,

11:14If, by any means, I may provoke to emulation them who are my flesh and may save some of them.

11:15For if the loss of them be the reconciliation of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

11:16For if the firstfruit be holy, so is the lump also: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

11:17And if some of the branches be broken and thou, being a wild olive, art ingrafted in them and art made partaker of the root and of the fatness of the olive tree:

11:18Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root: but the root thee.

11:19Thou wilt say then: The branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.

11:20Well: because of unbelief they were broken off. But thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear.

11:21For if God hath not spared the natural branches, fear lest perhaps he also spare not thee.

11:22See then the goodness and the severity of God: towards them indeed that are fallen, the severity; but towards thee, the goodness of God, if thou abide in goodness. Otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

11:23And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.

11:24For if thou were cut out of the wild olive tree, which is natural to thee; and, contrary to nature, wert grafted into the good olive tree: how much more shall they that are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?

11:25For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, of this mystery (lest you should be wise in your own conceits) that blindness in part has happened in Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles should come in.

11:26And so all Israel should be saved, as it is written: There shall come out of Sion, he that shall deliver and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.

11:27And this is to them my covenant: when I shall take away their sins.

11:28As concerning the gospel, indeed, they are enemies for your sake: but as touching the election, they are most dear for the sake of the fathers.

11:29For the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance.

11:30For as you also in times past did not believe God, but now have obtained mercy, through their unbelief:

11:31So these also now have not believed, for your mercy, that they also may obtain mercy.

11:32For God hath concluded all in unbelief, that he may have mercy on all.

11:33O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments, and how unsearchable his ways!

11:34For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counsellor?

11:35Or who hath first given to him, and recompense shall be made him?

11:36For of him, and by him, and in him, are all things: to him be glory for ever. Amen.

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