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We are saved

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ: if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the suffer. ings of this present time, are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall berevealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope : 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption, into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24 For we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for : 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. - 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the

Chap. viii.

by hope. of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the calledaccording to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first-born among many brethren. 30 Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called ; and whom he called, them he also justified; and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things : if God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth ; 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword & 36 (As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the

slaughter.) . -
37 Nay, in all these things we
are more than conquerors,

through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that
neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers,
nor things present, northings to

hearts knoweth what is the mind


God bath mercy

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our L

ord. CHAP. IX. Paul's sorrow for the Jews. SAY the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witnessinthe 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,)

on whom he will.

12 It was said unto her, The

eldershall 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.

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thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus 2

21 Hath not the potter power

over the clay, of the same lump, to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

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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 Go C

Calling of the Gentiles,

25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them My people, which were not my people; and her Belovcd, which was not beloved. 26 And it shall come to 1 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 sca, 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 becn as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha. 30 What shall we say then : That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attaincti 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 stumbling-stone; 33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling-stone, and rock of ostence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be

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they have a zeal of God, but Hot

according to knowledge. 3 For they, being ignorant of

God’s righteousness, and going

s, about to establish their own right

eousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. - 4 l'or Christ is the end of the law for lighteousness to every one that believeth. 5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness which is of faith Speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shali ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Ch;ist down from above;) 7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep 3 (that is, to bring up Chi;st again from the dead :) 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, coven in thy mouth, and in thy heart; that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart, that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever Lelieveth on him shali not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Grcek: for the same Lord over all, is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the LCrd, shäll be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not belie

2 For I bear them record, that

yed and how chall they believe

Mot all Israel rejected,

in him of whom they have not heard 2 and how shall they hear without a preacher ? 15 And how shall they preach except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel: for Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 18 But I say, Have they not heard 2 Yes, verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. 19 But I say, Did not Israel know * First, Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. 20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not af. ter me. 21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gain

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altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 4. But what saith the answer of God unto him : I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. 5 Even so then, at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. 7 What then Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtainedit, and the rest were blinded; 8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear) unto this day. 9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling-block, and a recompence unto them : 10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. 11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid : but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. 12 Now, if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles, how much more their fulness :

13 For I speak to you, Gentiles; inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office;

3 Lord, they have killed, thy prophets, and digged down thine

14 If by any means I may proyoke to emulso them which are i.e. 2.

The Gentiles cautioned Chap.

my flesh, and might save some of them. 15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? 16 For if the first-fruit be holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive-tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive-tree; 18 Boast not against the branches: but if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 2O Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heedlest he also spare not thee. . 22 Behold, therefore, the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graff. ed in : for God is able to graff them in again. 24 For if thou wert cut out ofthe olive-tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive-tree; how much more shall these which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive-tree ? 25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, (lest ye should be wise

in your own conceits,) thatblind

not to insult the Jews. ness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved; as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. 30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief; 31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mer

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him, and to him, are all things: to whom he glory for ever. Amen. CHAP. XII. Pride forbidden. Io you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your

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