9:1 I seie treuthe in Crist Jhesu, Y lye not, for my conscience berith witnessyng to me in the Hooli Goost,
9:2 for greet heuynesse is to me, and contynuel sorewe to my herte.
9:3 For Y my silf desiride to be departid fro Crist for my britheren, that ben my cosyns aftir the fleisch, that ben men of Israel;
9:4 whos is adopcioun of sones, and glorie, and testament, and yyuyng of the lawe, and seruyce, and biheestis;
9:5 whos ben the fadris, and of which is Crist after the fleisch, that is God aboue alle thingis, blessid in to worldis.
9:6 Amen. But not that the word of God hath falle doun. For not alle that ben of Israel, these ben Israelitis.
9:7 Nethir thei that ben seed of Abraham, `alle ben sonys; but in Ysaac the seed schal be clepid to thee;
9:8 that is to seie, not thei that ben sones of the fleisch, ben sones of God, but thei that ben sones of biheeste ben demed in the seed.
9:9 For whi this is the word of biheest, Aftir this tyme Y schal come, and a sone schal be to Sare.
9:10 And not oneli sche, but also Rebecca hadde twey sones of o liggyng bi of Ysaac, oure fadir.
9:11 And whanne thei weren not yit borun, nether hadden don ony thing of good ether of yuel, that the purpos of God schulde dwelle bi eleccioun,
9:12 not of werkis, but of God clepynge, it was seid to hym,
9:13 that the more schulde serue the lesse, as it is writun, Y louede Jacob, but Y hatide Esau.
9:14 What therfor schulen we seie? Whether wickidnesse be anentis God?
9:15 God forbede. For he seith to Moyses, Y schal haue merci on whom Y haue merci; and Y schal yyue merci on whom Y schal haue merci.
9:16 Therfor it is not nether of man willynge, nethir rennynge, but of God hauynge mercy.
9:17 And the scripture seith to Farao, For to this thing Y haue stirid thee, that Y schewe in thee my vertu, and that my name be teld in al erthe.
9:18 Therfor of whom God wole, he hath merci; and whom he wole, he endurith.
9:19 Thanne seist thou to me, What is souyt yit? for who withstondith his wille?
9:20 O! man, who art thou, that answerist to God? Whether a maad thing seith to hym that made it, What hast thou maad me so?
9:21 Whether a potter of cley hath not power to make of the same gobet o vessel in to honour, an othere in to dispit?
9:22 That if God willynge to schewe his wraththe, and to make his power knowun, hath suffrid in greet pacience vessels of wraththe able in to deth,
9:23 to schewe the riytchessis of his glorie in to vessels of merci, whiche he made redi in to glorie.
9:24 Whiche also he clepide not oneli of Jewis, but also of hethene men, as he seith in Osee,
9:25 Y schal clepe not my puple my puple, and not my loued my louyd, and not getynge mercy getynge merci;
9:26 and it schal be in the place, where it is seid to hem, Not ye my puple, there thei schulen be clepid the sones of `God lyuynge.
9:27 But Isaye crieth for Israel, If the noumbre of Israel schal be as grauel of the see, the relifs schulen be maad saaf.
9:28 Forsothe a word makynge an ende, and abreggynge in equyte, for the Lord schal make a word breggid on al the erthe.
9:29 And as Ysaye bifor seide, But God of oostis hadde left to vs seed, we hadden be maad as Sodom, and we hadden be lijk as Gommor.
9:30 Therfor what schulen we seie? That hethene men that sueden not riytwisnesse, han gete riytwisnesse, yhe, the riytwisnesse that is of feith.
9:31 But Israel suynge the lawe of riytwisnesse, cam not parfitli in to the lawe of riytwisnesse.
9:32 Whi? For not of feith, but as of werkys. And thei spurneden ayens the stoon of offencioun,
9:33 as it is writun, Lo! Y putte a stoon of offensioun in Syon, and a stoon of sclaundre; and ech that schal bileue `in it, schal not be confoundid.
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