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

New Amharic Standard Version

ሮሜ 9:1-33

የእግዚአብሔር ሉዓላዊ ምርጫ

1በክርስቶስ ሆኜ እውነት እናገራለሁ፤ አልዋሽም፤ ኅሊናዬም በመንፈስ ቅዱስ ይመሰክርልኛል። 2ታላቅ ሐዘንና የማያቋርጥ ጭንቀት በልቤ አለ። 3ለወገኖቼ ስል ስለ ወንድሞቼ እኔ ራሴ የተረገምሁና ከክርስቶስም ተለይቼ የተጣልሁ እንድሆን እንኳ እወድ ነበር፤ 4እነርሱም የእስራኤል ሕዝብ ናቸው፤ ልጅ መሆን፣ መለኮታዊ ክብር፣ ኪዳን፣ ሕግን መቀበል፣ የቤተ መቅደስ ሥርዐትና ተስፋ የእነርሱ ናቸውና። 5አባቶችም የእነርሱ ናቸው፤ ክርስቶስም በሥጋ የትውልድ ሐረጉ የሚቈጠረው ከእነርሱ ነው፤ እርሱም፣ ከሁሉ በላይ የሆነ ለዘላለም የተመሰገነ አምላክ ነው፤9፥5 ወይም ከሁሉ በላይ የሆነ ለዘላለም የተመሰገነ አምላክ ይሁን ወይም ከሁሉ በላይ የሆነ አምላክ ለዘላለም የተመሰገነ ይሁን አሜን።

6ነገር ግን የእግዚአብሔር ቃል ተሽሮአል ማለት አይደለም፤ ከእስራኤል የተወለደ ሁሉ እስራኤላዊ አይደለምና። 7ከአብርሃም ዘርም ስለሆኑ፣ ሁሉም ልጆቹ አይደሉም፤ ይልቁንስ፣ “ትውልድህ በይሥሐቅ በኩል ይጠራልሃል” እንደ ተባለው ነው። 8ይህም ማለት የእግዚአብሔር ልጆች የተባሉት የሥጋ ልጆች አይደሉም፤ ነገር ግን የአብርሃም ልጆች የተባሉት የተስፋው ልጆች ናቸው። 9“ጊዜው ሲደርስ እመለሳለሁ፤ ሳራም ወንድ ልጅ ትወልዳለች” ተብሎ ተስፋው ተሰጥቶአልና።

10ይህም ብቻ ሳይሆን፣ የርብቃ ልጆች አንድ አባት አላቸው፤ እርሱም አባታችን ይሥሐቅ ነው። 11መንትዮቹ ገና ሳይወለዱ፣ ወይም በጎም ሆነ ክፉ ሳያደርጉ፣ የእግዚአብሔር ሐሳብ በምርጫ ይጸና ዘንድ፣ 12በሥራ ሳይሆን ከጠሪው በመሆኑ፣ “ታላቁ ታናሹን ያገለግላል” ተብሎ ተነገራት። 13ይህም፣ “ያዕቆብን ወደድሁ፤ ዔሳውን ግን ጠላሁ” ተብሎ እንደ ተጻፈው ነው።

14እንግዲህ ምን እንላለን? እግዚአብሔር አድልዎ ያደርጋልን? በፍጹም አያደርግም! 15ለሙሴ፣

“የምምረውን እምረዋለሁ፤

ለምራራለትም እራራለታለሁ” ይላልና።

16እንግዲህ ይህ ከሰው ፍላጎት ወይም ጥረት ሳይሆን፣ ከእግዚአብሔር ምሕረት የተነሣ ነው። 17መጽሐፍ ፈርዖንን፣ “ኀይሌ በአንተ እንዲታይ፣ ስሜም በምድር ሁሉ እንዲነገር ለዚህ አስነሣሁህ” ይላልና። 18ስለዚህ እግዚአብሔር ሊምረው ለሚወደው ምሕረት ያደርግለታል፤ ልቡ እንዲደነድን የፈለገውንም ያደነ ድነዋል።

19ከእናንተ አንዱ፣ “ታዲያ እንደዚህ ከሆነ እግዚአብሔር እስከ አሁን ለምን ይወቅሰናል? ምክንያቱም ፈቃዱን ሊቋቋም የሚችል ማን አለ?” ይለኝ ይሆናል። 20ነገር ግን ለእግዚአብሔር መልስ የምትሰጥ አንተ ማን ነህ? “ሥራ ሠሪውን፣ ‘ለምን እንዲህ ሠራኸኝ?’ ይለዋልን?” 21ሸክላ ሠሪ፣ ከሚሠራው ጭቃ፣ አንዳንዱን ሸክላ ለክብር፣ ሌላውን ደግሞ ለተራ አገልግሎት የማድረግ መብት የለውምን?

22እግዚአብሔር ቊጣውን ለማሳየት፣ ኀይሉንም ለማሳወቅ ፈልጎ የቍጣው መግለጫ የሆኑትን፣ ለጥፋትም የተዘጋጁትን እጅግ ታግሦ ቢሆንሳ! 23አስቀድሞ ለክብር ላዘጋጃቸው፣ የምሕረቱም መግለጫዎች ለሆኑት፣ የክብሩ ባለጠግነት እንዲታወቅ ይህን አድርጎ እንደሆነስ? 24የጠራው ከአይሁድ ወገን ብቻ ሳይሆን ከአሕዛብ ወገን የሆነውን እኛን እንኳ ሳይቀር አይደለምን? 25በሆሴዕ እንዲህ እንደሚል፤

“ሕዝቤ ያልሆኑትን፣ ‘ሕዝቤ’ ብዬ እጠራቸዋለሁ”፤

ያልተወደደችውንም ‘የተወደደችው’ ብዬ እጠራለሁ።

26ደግሞም፣ “ ‘ሕዝቤ አይደላችሁም’፤

ተብሎ በተነገራቸው በዚያ ቦታ፣

‘የሕያው እግዚአብሔር ልጆች’ ተብለው

ይጠራሉ።”

27ኢሳይያስም ስለ እስራኤል እንዲህ ሲል ይጮኻል፤

“የእስራኤል ልጆች ቊጥር በባሕር ዳር እንዳለ አሸዋ ቢሆንም፣

ትሩፉ ብቻ ይድናል።

28ጌታ ፍርዱን በምድር ላይ፣

በፍጥነትና ለመጨረሻ ጊዜ ይፈጽማልና።”

29ይኸውም ቀደም ሲል ኢሳይያስ

እንደ ተናገረው ነው፤

“የሰራዊት ጌታ፣ ዘር ባያስቀርልን ኖሮ፣

እንደ ሰዶም በሆን ነበር፤

ገሞራንም በመሰልን ነበር።”

የእስራኤል አለማመን

30እንግዲህ ምን እንበል? በእምነት የሆነውን ጽድቅ፣ ለጽድቅ ያልደከሙት አሕዛብ አገኙት፤ 31ነገር ግን የጽድቅን ሕግ የተከታተሉት እስራኤል አላገኙትም። 32ይህ ለምን ሆነ? በእምነት ሳይሆን በሥራ እንደሆነ አድርገው በመቊጠር ስለ ተከታተሉት ነው፤ እነርሱም፣ “በማሰናከያው ድንጋይ” ተሰናከሉ። 33ይህም፣

“እነሆ፤ ሰዎችን እንዲደናቀፉ የሚያደርግ ድንጋይ፣

እንዲወድቁ የሚያደርግ ዐለት፣

በጽዮን ላይ አስቀምጣለሁ፤ በእርሱም የሚያምን አያፍርም”

ተብሎ እንደ ተጻፈ ነው።