I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,
That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth
the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God
, and the promises;
the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came
, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are
not all Israel, which are of Israel:
Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they
all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are
not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
For this is
the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.
And not only this
; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even
by our father Isaac;
(For the children
being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.