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For this is what the promise said: “About this time [next year] I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.”(A) 10 And not only that, but this too: Rebekah conceived twin sons by one man [under the same circumstances], by our father Isaac; 11 and though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything either good or bad, so that God’s purpose [His choice, His election] would stand, not because of works [done by either child], but because of [the plan of] Him who calls them, 12 it was said to her, “The [a]older (Esau) will serve the [b]younger (Jacob).”(B)

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 9:12 The descendants of Esau, the Edomites.
  2. Romans 9:12 The descendants of Jacob (Israel), the Israelites.

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