Romans 9:8

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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

That is, [they that are] the children of the flesh, these [are] not the children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned as seed.
- Darby Bible

That is, They who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
- Webster's Bible

In other words, it is not the children by natural descent who count as God's children, but the children made such by the promise are regarded as Abraham's posterity.
- Weymouth 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.
- World English Bible

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.
- Wycliffe Bible

that is, the children of the flesh -- these [are] not children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned for seed;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 9:8


9:8 That is, Not the children, &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|


People's Bible Notes for Romans 9:8


Ro 9:8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, etc. Since Ishmael, born according to natural laws, was not of the chosen race, but Isaac, the child of promise, born contrary to natural law, because the chosen people, it follows that the children of God are not the children of the flesh, the mere fleshly descendants of Abraham, but the children of the promise; those who are of the seed according to the conditions of the promise. This argument is a reply to those who based all upon their fleshly relation to Abraham: "We have Abraham to our Father" (Mt 3:9). In order to show this more fully Paul recalls the incidents recorded in Ge 18:10-14.

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