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
Okulonda kwa Katonda
19:1 a 2Ko 11:10 b Bar 1:9Njogera amazima mu Kristo, sirimba, omwoyo gwange nga gunkakasa mu Mwoyo Mutukuvu, 2nga ndimunakuwavu nnyo era nga nnumwa mu mutima. 39:3 a Kuv 32:32 b 1Ko 12:3; 16:22 c Bar 11:14Nnali njagala nze mwene nkolimirwe Katonda era njawukanyizibwe ku Kristo olwa baganda bange, bwe tuli ab’omu mubiri, 49:4 a Kuv 4:22 b Lub 17:2; Bik 3:25 c Zab 147:19 d Beb 9:1 e Bik 13:32be Bayisirayiri, abantu ba Katonda abalonde. Katonda yabalaga ekitiibwa kye, n’akola nabo endagaano, n’abawa n’amateeka ge. Yeekaalu yagibawa, n’abawa n’ebyasuubizibwa. 59:5 a Mat 1:1-16 b Yk 1:1 c Bar 1:25Balina bajjajjaabwe abamanyiddwa, Kristo be yasibukamu mu mubiri. Nsaba Katonda afuga byonna atenderezebwenga emirembe gyonna, Amiina.
69:6 Bar 2:28, 29Naye si kuba nti Katonda yalemwa okutuukiriza kye yasuubiza. Si bonna ab’omu Isirayiri nti bantu ba Katonda ddala. 79:7 Lub 21:12Ate so si nti ly’ezzadde lya Ibulayimu bonna balyoke babeere abaana, naye ekisuubizo kyali ku Isaaka bwe kyagambibwa nti, “Mu Isaaka mwe ndituukiririza ebyo byonna bye nakusuubiza.” 89:8 Bar 8:14Kino kitegeeza nti abaana ab’omubiri si be baana ba Katonda, wabula abo ab’okusuubiza be babalibwa okuba ezzadde lya Ibulayimu. 99:9 Lub 18:10, 14Kubanga ekigambo ky’okusuubiza kye kino nti, “Mu kiseera nga kino Saala alizaala omwana owoobulenzi.”
109:10 Lub 25:21Ate si ekyo kyokka, naye ne Isaaka jjajjaffe yalina Lebbeeka eyali olubuto. 119:11 Bar 8:28Naye ng’abalongo tebannazaalibwa, era nga tebannabaako kye bakola kyonna ekirungi oba ekibi, okusiima kwa Katonda nga bwe kuli, 129:12 Lub 25:23si lwa bikolwa wabula ku bw’oyo eyabayita, kyategeezebwa Lebbeeka nti, “Omukulu y’aliba omuweereza w’omuto.” 139:13 Mal 1:2, 3Era nga bwe kyawandiikibwa nti, “Yakobo namwagala, naye Esawu namukyawa.”
149:14 2By 19:7Kale tunaagamba ki? Ddala ddala Katonda talina bwenkanya? Kikafuuwe. 159:15 Kuv 33:19Agamba Musa nti,
“Ndisaasira oyo gwe ndisaasira,
era ndikwatirwa ekisa oyo gwe ndikwatirwa ekisa.”
169:16 Bef 2:8Noolwekyo tekiva ku ebyo omuntu by’ayagala newaakubadde by’akola, wabula ku kusaasira kwa Katonda. 179:17 Kuv 9:16Ebyawandiikibwa kyebyava byogera ku Falaawo nti, “Kyennava nkuyimusa, ndyoke njolese amaanyi gange mu ggwe, erinnya lyange liryoke litegeezebwe mu nsi zonna.” 189:18 Kuv 4:21Noolwekyo Katonda asaasira oyo gw’ayagala okusaasira, ate n’akakanyaza omutima gw’oyo gw’ayagala okukakanyaza.
199:19 a Bar 11:19 b 2By 20:6; Dan 4:35Omu akyayinza okumbuuza nti, Lwaki Katonda atunenya, obanga y’atuleetera okukola nga bw’asiima? 209:20 a Is 64:8 b Is 29:16Naye ggwe omuntu obuntu, ggwe ani addamu ng’owakanya Katonda? Ekibumbe kiyinza okubuuza eyakibumba nti, “Lwaki wammumba bw’oti?” 219:21 2Ti 2:20Oba omubumbi talina buyinza ku bbumba, okubumbamu ekibya eky’omugaso, oba okubumbamu ekitali kya mugaso?
229:22 Bar 2:4Katonda yayagala okulaga obusungu bwe, n’amaanyi ge eri abo bonna abaali basaanira okuzikirizibwa, kyokka n’abalaga obugumiikiriza. 239:23 a Bar 2:4 b Bar 8:30Ekyo yakikola alyoke amanyise obugagga bw’ekitiibwa kye, eri abo bonna be yeerondera okugabanira awamu ekitiibwa kye. 249:24 a Bar 8:28 b Bar 3:29Naffe yatuyita, si Bayudaaya bokka naye n’Abaamawanga. 259:25 Kos 2:23; 1Pe 2:10Ne mu Koseya agamba nti,
“Abataali bantu bange ndibayita abantu bange,
Ne gwe nnali ssaagala, ndimwagala.”
269:26 Kos 1:10Mu kifo omwo mwe baayitirwa nti,
“Temuli bantu bange,
mwe baliyitirwa abaana ba Katonda omulamu.”
279:27 a Lub 22:17; Kos 1:10 b Bar 11:5Isaaya ayogera eri Isirayiri mu ddoboozi ery’omwanguka nti,
“Omuwendo gw’abaana ba Isirayiri ne bwe gulyenkana ng’omusenyu gw’ennyanja,
ekitundu ekirisigalawo kye kirirokolebwa.
289:28 Is 10:22, 23Kubanga Mukama alisalawo
era alituukiriza mangu ekyo kye yagamba okukola ku nsi.”
299:29 a Yak 5:4 b Is 1:9; Ma 29:23; Is 13:19; Yer 50:40Era nga Isaaya bwe yayogera edda nti,
“Singa Mukama ow’Eggye
twandifuuse nga Sodomu,
era twandifaananye nga Ggomola.”
309:30 Bar 1:17; 10:6; Bag 2:16; Baf 3:9; Beb 11:7Kale tunaagamba ki? Tugambe nti Abaamawanga abataagobereranga butuukirivu, baafuna obutuukirivu, bwe butuukirivu obuva mu kukkiriza, 319:31 a Is 51:1; Bar 10:2, 3 b Bag 5:4naye Isirayiri mu kugobereranga amateeka ag’obutuukirivu, teyafuna butuukirivu obwo? 329:32 1Pe 2:8Lwaki? Ekyo baalema okukituukako kubanga tebaagoberera butuukirivu mu kukkiriza wabula mu bikolwa. Beesittala ku jjinja eryo eryesittalwako, 339:33 Is 28:16; Bar 10:11nga bwe kyawandiikibwa nti,
“Laba, nteeka mu Sayuuni ejjinja eryesittalwako9:33 Ejjinja eryesittalwako ye Kristo.
Oyo amukkiriza taliswazibwa.”