1 Veritatem dico in Christo, non mentior, testimonium mihi per hibente conscientia mea in Spiritu Sancto,
2 quoniam tristitia est mihi magna, et continuus dolor cordi meo.
3 Optarem enim ipse ego anathema esse a Christo pro fratribus meis, cognatis meis secundum carnem,
4 qui sunt Israelitae, quorum adoptio est filiorum et gloria et testamenta et legislatio et cultus et promissiones,
5 quorum sunt patres, et ex quibus Christus secundum carnem: qui est super omnia Deus benedictus in saecula. Amen.
6 Non autem quod exciderit verbum Dei. Non enim omnes, qui ex Israel, hi sunt Israel;
7 neque quia semen sunt Abrahae, omnes filii, sed: "In Isaac vocabitur tibi semen".
8 Id est, non qui filii carnis, hi filii Dei, sed qui filii sunt promissionis, aestimantur semen;
9 promissionis enim verbum hoc est: "Secundum hoc tempus veniam, et erit Sarae filius".
10 Non solum autem, sed et Rebecca ex uno concubitum habens, Isaac patre nostro;
11 cum enim nondum nati fuissent aut aliquid egissent bonum aut malum, ut secundum electionem propositum Dei maneret,
12 non ex operibus sed ex vocante dictum est ei: "Maior serviet minori";
13 sicut scriptum est: "Iacob dilexi, Esau autem odio habui".
14 Quid ergo dicemus? Numquid iniustitia apud Deum? Absit!
15 Moysi enim dicit: "Miserebor, cuius misereor, et misericordiam praestabo, cui misericordiam praesto".
16 Igitur non volentis neque currentis sed miserentis Dei.
17 Dicit enim Scriptura pharaoni: "In hoc ipsum excitavi te, ut ostendam in te virtutem meam, et ut annuntietur nomen meum in universa terra".
18 Ergo, cuius vult, miseretur et, quem vult, indurat.
19 Dices itaque mihi: "Quid ergo adhuc queritur? Voluntati enim eius quis restitit?".
20 O homo, sed tu quis es, qui respondeas Deo? Numquid dicet figmentum ei, qui se finxit: "Quid me fecisti sic?".
21 An non habet potestatem figulus luti ex eadem massa facere aliud quidem vas in honorem, aliud vero in ignominiam?
22 Quod si volens Deus ostendere iram et notam facere potentiam suam, sustinuit in multa patientia vasa irae aptata in interitum;
23 et ut ostenderet divitias gloriae suae in vasa misericordiae, quae praeparavit in gloriam,
24 quos et vocavit nos non solum ex Iudaeis sed etiam ex gentibus?
25 Sicut et in Osee dicit: "Vocabo Non plebem meam Plebem meam et Non dilectam Dilectam.
26 Et erit: in loco, ubi dictum est eis: "Non plebs mea vos", ibi vocabuntur Filii Dei vivi".
27 Isaias autem clamat pro Israel: "Si fuerit numerus filiorum Israel tamquam arena maris, reliquiae salvae fient.
28 Verbum enim consummans et brevians faciet Dominus super terram".
29 Et sicut praedixit Isaias: "Nisi Dominus Sabaoth reliquisset nobis semen, sicut Sodoma facti essemus et sicut Gomorra similes fuissemus".
30 Quid ergo dicemus? Quod gentes, quae non sectabantur iustitiam, apprehenderunt iustitiam, iustitiam autem, quae ex fide est;
31 Israel vero sectans legem iustitiae in legem non pervenit.
32 Quare? Quia non ex fide sed quasi ex operibus; offenderunt in lapidem offensionis,
33 sicut scriptum est: "Ecce pono in Sion lapidem offensionis et petram scandali; et, qui credit in eo, non confundetur".
King James Version
1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,
2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
4 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;
5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
8 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.
9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.
10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;
11 (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;)
12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.
30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.