New International Version

Romans 9:1-33

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

26and,

“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

Israel’s Unbelief

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

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

罗马书 9:1-33

上帝的选民

1我在基督里说真话,绝无谎言。我被圣灵感动的良心可以作证, 2我心里极为忧愁,痛苦不止! 3为了我的弟兄——我的同胞以色列人,即使我自己被咒诅、与基督隔绝,我也愿意! 4身为以色列人,他们拥有上帝儿子的名分、上帝的荣耀、诸约、律法、圣殿敬拜和各种应许。 5蒙拣选的族长是他们的先祖,基督降世为人也是做以色列人。祂是至大至尊,永远当受称颂的上帝。阿们!

6当然,这并不表示上帝的话落了空,因为从以色列生的,不一定都是以色列人, 7亚伯拉罕的后裔不一定都是亚伯拉罕的儿女,圣经上说:“以撒生的才可算为你的后裔。” 8这话的意思是:亚伯拉罕凭血气所生的儿女并不是上帝的儿女,只有凭应许所生的才算是他的后裔。 9因为上帝曾这样应许他:“明年这时候,我会再来,撒拉必生一个儿子。”

10后来,利百加和我们的先祖以撒结婚,怀了双胞胎。 11在这对孩子还未出生,还没有显出谁善谁恶之前,上帝为了显明自己拣选人并不是按人的行为,而是按祂自己的旨意, 12便对利百加说:“将来大的要服侍小的。” 13正如圣经上说:“我爱雅各,厌恶以扫。”

14这样看来,我们该怎么下结论呢?难道上帝不公平吗?当然不是! 15祂曾对摩西说:

“我要怜悯谁就怜悯谁,

要恩待谁就恩待谁。”

16可见这并不在于人的意志和努力,而在于祂的怜悯。 17圣经记载着上帝对法老说的话:“我使你兴起是为了在你身上彰显我的权能,使我的名传遍天下。” 18总之,上帝要怜悯谁,就怜悯谁;要叫谁顽固,就叫谁顽固。

上帝的烈怒和怜悯

19这样,你肯定会对我说:“为什么上帝还指责人呢?谁能抗拒祂的旨意呢?” 20你这个人啊!你是谁啊?竟敢顶撞上帝!受造之物怎能对造物主说:“你为什么把我造成这样?” 21陶匠难道不可以从一团泥中拿一部分造贵重的器皿,又拿一部分造平凡的器皿吗?

22倘若上帝要显示祂的烈怒和权能,就尽量容忍那些祂预备要毁灭的器皿, 23以便在那些祂怜悯并预备赐予荣耀的器皿上彰显祂丰盛的荣耀,这难道不可以吗? 24那些蒙怜悯的器皿就是我们这些从犹太人和外族人中被上帝呼召的人。 25正如上帝在《何西阿书》上说:

“本来不是我子民的,

我要称他们为‘我的子民’;

本来不是我所爱的,

我要称他们为‘我所爱的’。

26从前我在什么地方对他们说,

‘你们不是我的子民。’

将来也要在那里对他们说,

‘你们是永活上帝的儿女。’”

27关于以色列人,以赛亚先知曾疾呼:

以色列人虽多如海沙,

但得救的只是剩余的人,

28因为上帝要在世上迅速、

彻底地执行祂的判决。”

29以赛亚又说:

“若不是万军之主给我们存留后裔,

我们早就像所多玛蛾摩拉一样灭亡了。”

以色列人和福音

30这样看来,我们该说什么呢?本来不追求义的外族人却因信而得到了义。 31以色列人靠遵行律法追求义,却徒劳无功。 32为什么会这样呢?因为他们不凭信心,只靠自己的行为去追求义,结果就在那块“绊脚石”上跌倒了。 33正如圣经上说:

“看啊!我在锡安放了一块绊脚石,

一块使人跌倒的磐石。

但信靠祂的人必不致蒙羞。”