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Romans 9:8

    Romans 9:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    That is, it is not the children of the flesh that are children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned for a seed.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    That is, it is not the children of the flesh, but the children of God's undertaking, who are named as the seed.

    Webster's Revision

    That is, it is not the children of the flesh that are children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned for a seed.

    World English Bible

    That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as a seed.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    That is, it is not the children of the flesh that are children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned for a seed.

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 9:8

    That is, They which are the children of the flesh - Whence it appears that not the children who descend from Abraham's loins, nor those who were circumcised as he was, nor even those whom he might expect and desire, are therefore the Church and people of God; but those who are made children by the good pleasure and promise of God, as Isaac was, are alone to be accounted for the seed with whom the covenant was established.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 9:8

    They which are the children of the flesh - The natural descendants.

    These are not the children of God - Are not of necessity the adopted children of God; or are not so in virtue of their descent merely. This was in opposition to one of the most settled and deeply cherished opinions of the Jews. They supposed that the mere fact of being a Jew, entitled a man to the blessings of the covenant, and to be regarded as a child of God. But the apostle shows them that it was not by their natural descent that these spiritual privileges were granted; that they were not conferred on people simply from the fact that they were Jews; and that consequently those who were not Jews might become interested in those spiritual blessings.

    But the children of the promise - The descendants of Abraham on whom the promised blessings would be bestowed. The sense is, that God at first contemplated a distinction among the descendants of Abraham, and intended to confine his blessings to such as he chose; that is, to those to whom the promise particularly appertained, to the descendants of Isaac. The argument of the apostle is, that "the principle" was thus established that a distinction might be made among those who were Jews; and as that distinction had been made in former times, so it might be under the Messiah.

    Are counted - Are regarded, or reckoned. God reckons things as they are; and therefore designed that they should be his true children.

    As the seed - The spiritual children of God; the partakers of his mercy and salvation. This refers, doubtless, to spiritual privileges and to salvation; and therefore has relation not to nations as such, but to individuals.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 9:8

    9:8 That is, Not the children, and c. - As if he had said, This is a clear type of things to come; showing us, that in all succeeding generations, not the children of the flesh, the lineal descendants of Abraham, but the children of the promise, they to whom the promise is made, that is, believers, are the children of God. Gen 21:12