Paul’s Anguish Over Israel
1I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— 2I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, 4the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. 5Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised!9:5 Or Messiah, who is over all. God be forever praised! Or Messiah. God who is over all be forever praised! Amen.
God’s Sovereign Choice
6It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. 7Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”9:7 Gen. 21:12 8In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. 9For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”9:9 Gen. 18:10,14
10Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. 11Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: 12not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”9:12 Gen. 25:23 13Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”9:13 Mal. 1:2,3
14What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 15For he says to Moses,
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”9:15 Exodus 33:19
16It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. 17For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”9:17 Exodus 9:16 18Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
19One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” 20But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ”9:20 Isaiah 29:16; 45:9 21Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?
22What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 23What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— 24even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 25As he says in Hosea:
“I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people;
and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,”9:25 Hosea 2:23
“In the very place where it was said to them,
‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ ”9:26 Hosea 1:10
27Isaiah cries out concerning Israel:
“Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea,
only the remnant will be saved.
28For the Lord will carry out
his sentence on earth with speed and finality.”9:28 Isaiah 10:22,23 (see Septuagint)
29It is just as Isaiah said previously:
“Unless the Lord Almighty
had left us descendants,
we would have become like Sodom,
we would have been like Gomorrah.”9:29 Isaiah 1:9
30What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. 32Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. 33As it is written:
“See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall,
and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.”9:33 Isaiah 8:14; 28:16
Onyankopɔn Ne Ne Manfoɔ
1Mereka nokorɛ sɛ Kristoni, na mʼahonim a Honhom Kronkron di no adanseɛ kyerɛ me sɛ menni atorɔ. 2Medi awerɛhoɔ na mete daa yea wɔ me akoma mu ma me nkurɔfoɔ. 3Wɔn enti anka mepɛ sɛ Onyankopɔn nnome ba me so na ɔte me firi Kristo ho. 4Wɔyɛ Onyankopɔn manfoɔ a wɔayi wɔn de wɔn ayɛ ne mma de wɔn asane atena nʼanimuonyam mu. Ɔne wɔn yɛɛ apam no na ɔde mmara no maa wɔn; ɔkyerɛɛ ɛkwan pa a wɔfa so som ma wɔn nsa kaa bɔhyɛ no. 5Wɔyɛ tete agyanom asefoɔ, na ɛsiane sɛ Kristo baa onipasu mu enti, ɔyɛ wɔn aseni. Ayɛyie nka Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ adeɛ nyinaa so otumfoɔ no daadaa. Amen.
6Mennka sɛ Onyankopɔn bɔhyɛ no amma mu, ɛfiri sɛ, ɛnyɛ Israelfoɔ nyinaa na Onyankopɔn ayi wɔn sɛ ne manfoɔ. 7Saa ara nso na ɛnyɛ Abraham asefoɔ nyinaa na wɔyɛ Onyankopɔn mma. Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ Abraham sɛ, “Ɛnam Isak so na wʼase bɛtrɛ.” 8Yei kyerɛ sɛ ɛnyɛ wɔn a wɔyɛ Abraham mma, na mmom, wɔn a wɔnam Onyankopɔn bɔhyɛ so woo wɔn no na wɔyɛ Abraham asefoɔ turodoo. 9Onyankopɔn nam saa bɔhyɛ nsɛm a ɛka sɛ, “Ampa ara, mɛsane aba wo nkyɛn bio ɛberɛ a ɛsɛ mu no, na wo yere Sara awo ɔba” no so na ɛhyɛɛ saa bɔ no.
10Ɛnyɛ yei nko. Rebeka mma baanu no nyinaa firi agya korɔ a ɔne yɛn agya Isak. 11Na sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a Onyankopɔn nam ɔba baako so bɛma ne pɛ ada adi no enti, 12ɔka kyerɛɛ Rebeka sɛ, “Ɔpanin no bɛsom akumaa no.” Ɔkaa yei ansa na ɔrewo wɔn ama wɔayɛ papa anaa bɔne. Enti, na Onyankopɔn pɛ no gyina ne frɛ a ɔfrɛɛ wɔn no so, na ɛnyɛ wɔn nneyɛeɛ so, 13sɛdeɛ Atwerɛsɛm no ka sɛ, “Medɔɔ Yakob na metanee Esau” no.
14Afei, asɛm bɛn na yɛbɛka? Sɛ Onyankopɔn nyɛ ɔnokwafoɔ anaa? Dabi! 15Ɛfiri sɛ, ɔka kyerɛɛ Mose sɛ,
“Deɛ mepɛ sɛ mehunu no mmɔbɔ no, mɛhunu no mmɔbɔ,
na deɛ mepɛ sɛ meyɛ no adɔeɛ nso, mɛyɛ no adɔeɛ.”
16Yei kyerɛ sɛ, ɛnnyina deɛ obi pɛ so anaa ne nnwuma so, na mmom ɛgyina Onyankopɔn ahummɔborɔ so. 17Atwerɛsɛm no mu, Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ Farao sɛ, “Yei ara enti na mesii wo ɔhene nam so daa me tumi adi, sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a, me tumi bɛda adi wɔ ewiase afanan nyinaa.” 18Ɛnneɛ Onyankopɔn hunu deɛ ɔpɛ sɛ ɔhunu no mmɔbɔ biara no mmɔbɔ, na deɛ ɔpɛ sɛ ɔma no yɛ asoɔden nso ɔma no yɛ saa.
19Afei, obi bɛbisa sɛ, “Sɛ yɛntumi nsi Onyankopɔn pɛ ho ɛkwan a, adɛn enti na ɔbɔ yɛn soboɔ?” 20Onua, wone hwan a wobɛtumi akasa akyerɛ Onyankopɔn? Kukuo mmisa ne nwomfoɔ sɛ, “Adɛn enti na wonwonoo me sei?” 21Ɔnwomfoɔ no wɔ ho ɛkwan sɛ ɔde dɔteɛ no nwono deɛ ɔpɛ biara. Ɔtumi nwono nkukuo mmienu firi dɔteɛ mu, na ɔde mu baako adi dwuma titire bi, na ɔde baako no nso ayɛ deɛ ɔpɛ biara.
22Saa ara na adeɛ biara a Onyankopɔn ayɛ no teɛ. Ɔpɛɛ sɛ ɔda nʼabufuo adi na ɔma wɔhunu ne tumi. Nanso ɔtɔɔ ne bo ase maa wɔn a anka ɔfiri nʼabufuhyeɛ mu rebɛsɛe wɔn. 23Ɔyɛɛ yei de kyerɛɛ sɛdeɛ nʼanimuonyam no teɛ, ɛberɛ a ɔnyaa ayamhyehyeɛ maa wɔn a wayi wɔn dada sɛ wɔmmɛyɛ nʼanimuonyam no fafafoɔ. 24Ɛnyɛ wɔn a wɔfrɛɛ wɔn firii Yudafoɔ mu nkoa, na mmom, amanamanmufoɔ nso. 25Wɔka wɔ Hosea nwoma mu sɛ,
“Mɛfrɛ wɔn a wɔnyɛ me nkurɔfoɔ no ‘me nkurɔfoɔ’,
na deɛ ɔnyɛ me dɔfoɔ no mɛfrɛ no ‘me dɔfoɔ,’ ”
“Beaeɛ korɔ no ara a wɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ,
‘Monnyɛ me nkurɔfoɔ’ no,
ɛhɔ ara na wɔbɛfrɛ wɔn sɛ ‘Onyankopɔn teasefoɔ no mma.’ ”
27Na Yesaia dii Israelfoɔ ho yea sɛ,
“Sɛ Israelfoɔ dɔɔso sɛ mpoano anwea mpo a,
wɔn mu kakra bi na wɔbɛgye wɔn nkwa.
28Ɛfiri sɛ Awurade bɛyɛ ntɛm, na sɛdeɛ ɛteɛ biara,
ɔbɛyɛ deɛ wabɔ ho kɔkɔ sɛ ɔbɛyɛ wɔ asase so no.”
29Yesaia nso kaa sɛ,
“Sɛ Awurade Otumfoɔ no
annya yɛn asefoɔ a,
anka yɛayɛ sɛ Sodom,
na yɛadane ayɛ sɛ Gomora.”
Israel Nnye Nni
30Afei, asɛm bɛn na yɛbɛka bio? Yɛbɛka sɛ amanamanmufoɔ a wɔanhwehwɛ tenenee akyiri kwan no nam gyidie so yɛɛ ateneneefoɔ; 31Nanso, Israelfoɔ a wɔpɛɛ sɛ wɔnam mmara so die so bɛsɔ Onyankopɔn ani no mpo, Onyankopɔn annye wɔn anto mu. 32Adɛn enti na ɛbaa saa? Ɛfiri sɛ, wɔpɛɛ sɛ wɔnam mmara so die so sɔ Onyankopɔn ani, nanso, mmom anka ɛsɛ sɛ wɔnya gyidie wɔ Onyankopɔn mu. Wɔsuntii “suntiboɔ” no. 33Sɛdeɛ wɔatwerɛ sɛ,
“Hwɛ, Mede ɛboɔ a ɛma nnipa sunti ato Sion
ne ɔbotan a ɛma wɔhwe ase,
na deɛ ɔde ne ho to no soɔ no anim rengu ase da.”