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Romans 9:8 Good News Translation (GNT)

This means that the children born in the usual way[a] are not the children of God; instead, the children born as a result of God's promise are regarded as the true descendants.

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  1. Romans 9:8 This refers to the descendants Abraham had through Ishmael, his son by Hagar (see Ga 4.22-23).
Good News Translation (GNT)

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Romans 9:8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as descendants.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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Romans 9:8 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

That is to say, not they that are the children of the flesh, are the children of God; but they, that are the children of the promise, are accounted for the seed.

Romans 9:8-9 The Message (MSG)

6-9 Don’t suppose for a moment, though, that God’s Word has malfunctioned in some way or other. The problem goes back a long way. From the outset, not all Israelites of the flesh were Israelites of the spirit. It wasn’t Abraham’s sperm that gave identity here, but God’s promise. Remember how it was put: “Your family will be defined by Isaac”? That means that Israelite identity was never racially determined by sexual transmission, but it was God-determined by promise. Remember that promise, “When I come back next year at this time, Sarah will have a son”?

The Message (MSG)

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