I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying; my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit,
that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart.
For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated
from Christ for the sake of my countrymen, my kinsmen according to the flesh,
who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons and daughters,
the glory, the covenants, the giving of the Law, the temple
service, and the promises;
whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
But it is
not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended
nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: 'THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL BE NAMED.'