26 (A)So if (B)the [a]uncircumcised man (C)keeps the requirements of the Law, will his uncircumcision not be regarded as circumcision? 27 And (D)he who is physically uncircumcised, if he keeps the Law, will he not (E)judge you who [b]though having the letter of the Law and circumcision are a violator [c]of the Law? 28 For (F)he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. 29 But (G)he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and (H)circumcision is of the heart, by the (I)Spirit, not by the letter; (J)and his praise is not from people, but from God.

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 2:26 Lit uncircumcision
  2. Romans 2:27 Lit through the letter
  3. Romans 2:27 Or of law

Deep Concern for Israel

(A)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 (B)I could [a]wish that I myself were (C)accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my countrymen, my kinsmen (D)according to the flesh, who are (E)Israelites, to whom belongs (F)the adoption as sons and daughters, (G)the glory, (H)the covenants, (I)the giving of the Law, (J)the temple service, and (K)the promises; whose are (L)the fathers, and (M)from whom is the [b]Christ according to the flesh, (N)who is over all, (O)God (P)blessed [c]forever. Amen.

But it is not as though (Q)the word of God has failed. (R)For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; nor are they all children (S)because they are Abraham’s [d](T)descendants, but: “[e](U)through Isaac your [f]descendants shall be named.” That is, it is not the children of the flesh [g]who are (V)children of God, but the (W)children of the promise are regarded as [h](X)descendants. For this is the word of promise: “(Y)At this time I will come, and Sarah will have a son.” 10 (Z)And not only that, but there was also (AA)Rebekah, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; 11 for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that (AB)God’s purpose according to His choice would [i]stand, not [j]because of works but [k]because of Him who calls, 12 it was said to her, “(AC)The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written: “(AD)Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”

14 (AE)What shall we say then? (AF)There is no injustice with God, is there? [l](AG)Far from it! 15 For He says to Moses, “(AH)I will have mercy on whomever I have mercy, and I will show compassion to whomever I show compassion.” 16 So then, it does not depend on the person who [m]wants it nor the one who [n](AI)runs, but on (AJ)God who has mercy.

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  1. Romans 9:3 Lit pray
  2. Romans 9:5 I.e., Messiah
  3. Romans 9:5 Lit unto the ages
  4. Romans 9:7 Lit seed
  5. Romans 9:7 Lit in
  6. Romans 9:7 Lit seed
  7. Romans 9:8 Lit these
  8. Romans 9:8 Lit seed
  9. Romans 9:11 Lit remain
  10. Romans 9:11 Lit from
  11. Romans 9:11 Lit from
  12. Romans 9:14 Lit May it never happen!
  13. Romans 9:16 Or wills nor
  14. Romans 9:16 I.e., to win mercy or favor

For (A)by grace you have been saved (B)through faith; and [a]this is not of yourselves, it is (C)the gift of God; (D)not a result of works, so that (E)no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, (F)created in (G)Christ Jesus for (H)good works, which God (I)prepared beforehand so that we would (J)walk in them.

11 Therefore remember that (K)previously (L)you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “(M)Uncircumcision” by the so-called “(N)Circumcision” which is performed in the flesh by human hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, [b](O)excluded from [c]the people of Israel, and strangers to (P)the covenants of the promise, having (Q)no hope and (R)without God in the world. 13 But now in (S)Christ Jesus you who (T)previously were (U)far away [d]have (V)been brought near [e](W)by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is (X)our peace, (Y)who made both groups into one and broke down the [f]barrier of the dividing wall, 15 [g]by (Z)abolishing [h]in His flesh the hostility, which is (AA)the Law composed of commandments expressed in ordinances, so that in Himself He might [i](AB)make the two (AC)one new person, in this way establishing (AD)peace; 16 and that He might (AE)reconcile them both in (AF)one body to God through the cross, [j]by it having (AG)put to death the hostility. 17 And (AH)He came and preached (AI)peace to you who were (AJ)far away, and peace to those who were (AK)near; 18 for through Him we both have (AL)our access in (AM)one Spirit to (AN)the Father. 19 So then you are no longer (AO)strangers and foreigners, but you are (AP)fellow citizens with the [k]saints, and are of (AQ)God’s household, 20 having been (AR)built on (AS)the foundation of (AT)the apostles and prophets, (AU)Christ Jesus Himself being the (AV)cornerstone, 21 (AW)in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into (AX)a holy [l]temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being (AY)built together into a (AZ)dwelling of God in the Spirit.

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Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 2:8 I.e., this salvation
  2. Ephesians 2:12 Or alienated
  3. Ephesians 2:12 Or citizenship in Israel
  4. Ephesians 2:13 Lit became; or were made
  5. Ephesians 2:13 Or in
  6. Ephesians 2:14 Lit the dividing wall of the barrier
  7. Ephesians 2:15 Or the hostility, by abolishing in His flesh the Law
  8. Ephesians 2:15 I.e., by His death
  9. Ephesians 2:15 Lit create
  10. Ephesians 2:16 Or in Himself
  11. Ephesians 2:19 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  12. Ephesians 2:21 Or sanctuary