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10 Asa became so angry with Ha
saying this that he threw him into prison and
put him in stocks. At that time Asa also began
to oppress some of his people.
11 The rest of the events of Asa’s reign, from
beginning to end, are recorded in The Book of
the Kings of Judah and Israel. 12 In the t hirty-
ninth year of his reign, Asa developed a seri
ous foot disease. Yet even with the severity of
his disease, he did not seek the Lord’s help
but turned only to his physicians. 13 So he
died in the forty-first year of his reign. 14 He
was buried in the tomb he had carved out for
himself in the City of David. He was laid on a
bed perfumed with sweet spices and fragrant
ointments, and the people built a huge funeral
fire in his honor.
14:1 Verse 14:1 is numbered 13:23 in Hebrew text. 14:2 Verses
14:215 are numbered 14:114 in Hebrew text. 14:9a Hebrew a
14:9b Or an army of thousands and thousands; Hebrew
14:10 As in Greek
reads an army of a thousand thousands.
version; Hebrew reads valley of Zephathah near Mareshah.
14:12 Hebrew Cushites; also in 14:13. 15:8 As in Syriac version
and Latin Vulgate (see also 15:1); Hebrew reads from Oded
15:10 Hebrew in the third month. This month of
the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar usually occurs within the
months of May and June. 15:16 Hebrew his mother.
16:4 As in
in Greek version; Hebrew reads There is a treaty.
parallel text at 1 Kgs 15:20; Hebrew reads Abel-maim, another
name for Abel-beth-maacah. 16:8a Hebrew Cushites.
With Christ as my witness, I speak with utter
truthfulness. My conscience and the Holy
Spirit confirm it. 2 My heart is filled with bit
ter sorrow and unending grief 3 for my people,
my Jewish brothers and sisters.* I would be
willing to be forever c ursed—cut off from
Christ!—if that would save them. 4 They
are the people of Israel, chosen to be God’s
adopted children.* God revealed his glory
to them. He made covenants with them and
gave them his law. He gave them the privi
lege of worshiping him and receiving his
wonderful promises. 5 Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob are their ancestors, and Christ himself
was an Israelite as far as his human nature is
concerned. And he is God, the one who rules
over everything and is worthy of eternal
6 Well then, has God failed to fulfill his
promise to Israel? No, for not all who are born
into the nation of Israel are truly members of
God’s people! 7 Being descendants of Abra
oesn’t make them truly Abraham’s
children. For the Scriptures say, “Isaac is the
son through whom your descendants will be
counted,”* though Abraham had other chil
dren, too. 8 This means that Abraham’s physi
cal descendants are not necessarily children
of God. Only the children of the promise are
considered to be Abraham’s children. 9 For
God had promised, “I will return about this
time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”*
10 This son was our ancestor Isaac. When
he married Rebekah, she gave birth to twins.*
11 But before they were born, before they had
done anything good or bad, she received a
message from God. (This message shows that
God chooses people according to his own pur
poses; 12 he calls people, but not according to
their good or bad works.) She was told, “Your
older son will serve your younger son.”* 13 In
the words of the Scriptures, “I loved Jacob, but
I rejected Esau.”*
14 Are we saying, then, that God was unfair?
Of course not! 15 For God said to M
“I will show mercy to anyone I choose,
and I will show compassion to anyone
16 So it is God who decides to show mercy. We
can neither choose it nor work for it.
17 For the Scriptures say that God told Pha
raoh, “I have appointed you for the very pur
pose of displaying my power in you and to
spread my fame throughout the earth.”* 18 So
you see, God chooses to show mercy to some,
and he chooses to harden the hearts of others
so they refuse to listen.
19 Well then, you might say, “Why does God
blame people for not responding? Haven’t
they simply done what he makes them do?”
20 No, don’t say that. Who are you, a mere
human being, to argue with God? Should the
thing that was created say to the one who
created it, “Why have you made me like this?”
21 When a potter makes jars out of clay, d
he have a right to use the same lump of clay
to make one jar for decoration and another to
throw garbage into? 22 In the same way, even
though God has the right to show his anger
and his power, he is very patient with those
on whom his anger falls, who are destined for
destruction. 23 He does this to make the riches
of his glory shine even brighter on those to
whom he shows mercy, who were prepared in
advance for glory. 24 And we are among those
whom he selected, both from the J ews and
from the Gentiles.
9:3 Greek my brothers.
9:4 Greek chosen for sonship.
May God, the one who rules over everything, be praised forever.
9:7 Gen 21:12. 9:9 Gen 18:10, 14. 9:10 Greek she
9:12 Gen 25:23.
conceived children through this one man.
9:13 Mal 1:23. 9:15 Exod 33:19. 9:17 Exod 9:16 (Greek version).
For the choir director: A psalm of David.
The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
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