Psalm 72-73 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Prayer for Guidance and Support for the King
1 Give the king your justice, O God,
5 May he live[a] while the sun endures,
8 May he have dominion from sea to sea,
12 For he delivers the needy when they call,
15 Long may he live!
18 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
20 The prayers of David son of Jesse are ended.
Plea for Relief from Oppressors
A Psalm of Asaph.
1 Truly God is good to the upright,[d]
4 For they have no pain;
10 Therefore the people turn and praise them,[e]
15 If I had said, “I will talk on in this way,”
21 When my soul was embittered,
27 Indeed, those who are far from you will perish;
Romans 9:1-15 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
God’s Election of Israel
9 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit— 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people,[a] my kindred according to the flesh. 4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; 5 to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah,[b] who is over all, God blessed forever.[c] Amen.
6 It is not as though the word of God had failed. For not all Israelites truly belong to Israel, 7 and not all of Abraham’s children are his true descendants; but “It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you.” 8 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. 9 For this is what the promise said, “About this time I will return and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 Nor is that all; something similar happened to Rebecca when she had conceived children by one husband, our ancestor Isaac. 11 Even before they had been born or had done anything good or bad (so that God’s purpose of election might continue, 12 not by works but by his call) she was told, “The elder shall serve the younger.” 13 As it is written,
“I have loved Jacob,
14 What then are we to say? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses,
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,