6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel;7 nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s [a]descendants, but: “[b]through Isaac your[c]descendants will be named.”8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as [d]descendants.9 For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.”10 And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, 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 God’s purpose according to His choice would [e]stand, not [f]because of works but [g]because of Him who calls,12 it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.”13 Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
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