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
Ngai Gũthuura Andũ a Isiraeli
19:1 1Tim 2:7; Thab 15:2Niĩ ngwaria ũhoro-wa-ma ndĩ thĩinĩ wa Kristũ, ti maheeni ndĩraaria, o nayo thamiri yakwa nĩyo mũira wakwa thĩinĩ wa Roho Mũtheru, 2atĩ ndĩ na kĩeha kĩnene na ruo rwa ngoro rũtarathira. 39:3 Thaam 32:32; Atũm 22:5Nĩgũkorwo ingĩendire niĩ mwene nyiitwo nĩ kĩrũmi na nyingatwo ndigithanio na Kristũ handũ-inĩ ha ariũ na aarĩ a Ithe witũ acio a rũrĩrĩ rwitũ kĩũmbe, 49:4 Atũm 3:25; Thab 147:19; Ahib 9:1nĩo andũ a Isiraeli. O nĩo Ngai aatuire ciana ciake; na nĩo maikaraga na riiri wake, na no-o matuĩtwo andũ a kĩrĩkanĩro, na a kwamũkĩra watho, na a kũhooyaga hekarũ-inĩ, o na ningĩ nĩo merĩirwo ciĩranĩro. 59:5 Joh 1:1; Arom 1:25; Akol 2:9Ningĩ maithe maitũ marĩa ma tene maarĩ a kĩruka kĩu, nake Kristũ aarĩ wa rũciaro rwao ha ũhoro wa mwĩrĩ, o we Ngai ũrĩa wathaga maũndũ mothe, ũrĩa ũgoocagwo nginya tene! Ameni.
69:6 Arom 2:28; Agal 6:16Ũguo ti kuuga atĩ kiugo kĩa Ngai nĩkĩagĩte kũhinga. Nĩgũkorwo ti andũ othe arĩa maciarĩirwo Isiraeli marĩ andũ a Ngai a ma. 79:7 Kĩam 18:10O na ningĩ ti othe ciana cia Iburahĩmu, o na gũtuĩka nĩ a rũciaro rwake. No rĩrĩ, eerirwo atĩrĩ, “Rũciaro rũrĩa rũgeetanio nawe rũkoima harĩ Isaaka.” 89:8 Agal 3:16Ũguo nĩ ta kuuga atĩrĩ, ti ciana iria iciarĩtwo na njĩra ya ndũire ingĩtuĩka ciana cia Ngai, no nĩ ciana cia kĩĩranĩro ituuagwo cia mbeũ ya Iburahĩmu. 99:9 Kĩam 18:10, 14; Arom 8:14Nĩgũkorwo kĩĩranĩro kĩoigĩte atĩrĩ: “Ihinda rĩrĩa rĩamũre rĩakinya nĩngacooka, nake Sara nĩakagĩa kaana ga kahĩĩ.”
109:10 Kĩam 25:21Na to ũguo wiki, o nacio ciana cia Rebeka ciarĩ cia ithe o ũmwe, na nĩwe ithe witũ Isaaka. 119:11 Arom 8:31No rĩrĩ, ciana icio cia mahatha itanaciarwo, o na itekĩte ũndũ o na ũrĩkũ mwega kana mũũru, nĩguo mũbango ũrĩa Ngai aathugundĩte wa gwĩthuurĩra andũ ũhinge: 129:12 Kĩam 25:23ti na ũndũ wa ciĩko iria mekĩte, no nĩ ũndũ wa wendi wa ũcio wĩtanaga, nĩerire Rebeka atĩrĩ, “Ũrĩa mũkũrũ nĩagatungatĩra ũrĩa mũnini.” 139:13 Mal 1:2, 3O ta ũrĩa kwandĩkĩtwo atĩrĩ: “Nĩndendire Jakubu, no ngĩrega Esaũ.”
14Tũkiuge atĩa nĩ ũndũ wa ũhoro ũcio? Ngai no atuanĩre ũndũ ũtarĩ wa kĩhooto? Kũroaga gũtuĩka ũguo! 159:15 Thaam 33:19Nĩgũkorwo erire Musa atĩrĩ,
“Nĩndĩiguagĩra tha ũrĩa ndenda kũiguĩra tha,
na ngacaĩra ũrĩa ndenda gũcaĩra.”
169:16 Aef 2:8; Tit 3:5Tondũ ũcio-rĩ, ũndũ ũcio nduonekaga nĩ ũndũ wa wendi wa mũndũ, kana nĩ ũndũ wa kĩyo gĩake, no nĩ ũndũ wa tha cia Ngai. 179:17 Thaam 9:16; Thab 76:10Nĩgũkorwo Maandĩko-inĩ Firaũni erĩtwo atĩrĩ: “Ndagũtũũgĩririe nĩ ũndũ wa gĩtũmi gĩkĩ kĩũmbe, nĩguo nyonanie hinya wakwa thĩinĩ waku, na nĩguo rĩĩtwa rĩakwa rĩhunjio thĩ yothe.” 189:18 Thaam 4:21; Gũcook 2:30Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Ngai aiguagĩra tha mũndũ ũrĩa enda kũiguĩra tha, na akoomia ngoro ya ũrĩa enda kũũmia.
199:19 Arom 11:19; 1Akor 15:35Ũmwe wanyu ahota kũnjũũria atĩrĩ: “Ngai atũire atũtuagĩra mahĩtia nĩkĩ? Tondũ nũũ ũngĩkĩhota kũregana na ũrĩa Ngai ekwenda?” 209:20 Isa 29:16; Jer 18:6No wee-rĩ, ũkĩrĩ ũ mũndũ ũyũ nĩguo ũcookanĩrie na Ngai? “Kĩndũ kĩrĩa kĩombirwo-rĩ, no kĩũrie ũcio wakĩũmbire, ‘Wanyũmbire ũũ nĩkĩ?’ ” 219:21 2Tim 2:20Githĩ mũũmbi wa nyũngũ ndarĩ na kĩhooto gĩa kũhũthĩra rĩũmba o ũrĩa angĩenda; kĩenyũ kĩmwe kĩa rĩũmba rĩu athondeke indo imwe cia kũhũthĩrwo na njĩra ya gũtĩĩka na ingĩ nĩ ũndũ wa mahũthĩro ma ndũire?
229:22 Arom 2:4; Thim 16:4Ĩ kũngĩkorwo Ngai, tondũ nĩathuurĩte kuonania mangʼũrĩ make na kũmenyithania hinya wake, nĩakirĩrĩirie mũno arĩ na wetereri mũnene andũ arĩa mahaana to indo icio cia kũrakarĩrwo, o icio ciahaarĩirio kwanangwo? 239:23 Arom 8:30Ĩ kũngĩkorwo ekaga ũguo nĩgeetha atũme ũingĩ wa riiri wake ũmenyeke nĩ arĩa mahaana ta indo iria akaiguĩra tha, arĩa aahaarĩirie o mbere matuĩke a kũgaya riiri ũcio, 249:24 Arom 3:29na nĩo ithuĩ, ithuĩ arĩa eetire, na to arĩa moimĩte kũrĩ Ayahudi, no nĩ kuuma o na kũrĩ andũ-a-Ndũrĩrĩ? 259:25 Hos 2:23; 1Pet 2:10O ta ũrĩa oigĩte Ibuku-inĩ rĩa Hosea, atĩrĩ:
“Andũ arĩa matarĩ akwa nĩo ngeeta ‘andũ akwa’;
nake mũndũ-wa-nja ũcio ũtarĩ mwende nĩwe ngeeta ‘mwendwa wakwa.’ ”
269:26 Arom 8:14; Hos 1:10na ningĩ,
“Nĩgũgatuĩka atĩ, o handũ harĩa meerĩirwo atĩrĩ,
‘Inyuĩ mũtirĩ andũ akwa,’
no ho mageetĩrwo ‘ariũ a Ngai ũrĩa ũrĩ muoyo’.”
279:27 Arom 11:5; Joel 2:32Naguo ũhoro ũkoniĩ Isiraeli, Isaia nĩanĩrĩire, akiuga atĩrĩ:
“O na gũtuĩka andũ a Isiraeli maigana ta mũthanga wa iria-inĩ-rĩ,
no matigari mao makaahonoka.
289:28 Isa 10:22, 23Nĩgũkorwo Mwathani nĩagatuĩra
andũ a gũkũ thĩ ciira o narua, na aũkinyie mũthia.”
299:29 Kĩam 19:24; Isa 13:19Na o ta ũrĩa Isaia oigĩte o mbere ũndũ ũcio ũtanakinya, atĩrĩ:
“Tiga Mwathani Mwene-Hinya-Wothe
ithuĩ tũngĩatuĩkire ta Sodomu,
na tũhaane o ta Gomora.”
Isiraeli kwaga Gwĩtĩkia
30Tũkiuge atĩa ha ũhoro ũcio? Atĩ andũ-a-Ndũrĩrĩ, arĩa mataathingatire ũthingu, nĩmagĩire naguo, ũthingu ũrĩa ũgĩĩagwo naguo na ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia; 319:31 Arom 10:2, 3; Agal 5:4no atĩ andũ a Isiraeli, arĩa maathingatire watho wa ũthingu-rĩ, matiigana kũgĩa na watho ũcio. 32Maagire kũgĩa naguo nĩkĩ? Tondũ matiaũthiingatire na njĩra ya wĩtĩkio, no maũcaririe na njĩra ya gwĩka maũndũ. O nao nĩmahĩngirwo nĩ “ihiga rĩrĩa rĩhĩnganaga”. 339:33 Isa 28:16; 1Pet 2:6O ta ũrĩa kwandĩkĩtwo:
“Atĩrĩrĩ, kũu Zayuni nĩnjigĩte ihiga rĩrĩa rĩtũmaga andũ mahĩngwo,
na ngaiga rwaro rwa ihiga rũrĩa rũtũmaga magũe,
nake mũndũ ũrĩa ũmwĩhokete ndarĩ hĩndĩ agaaconorithio.”