Romans 9:3
New International Version
For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race,

New Living Translation
for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed—cut off from Christ!—if that would save them.

English Standard Version
For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.

Berean Study Bible
For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my own flesh and blood,

Berean Literal Bible
For I could wish myself to be a curse, separated from Christ for my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh,

King James Bible
For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

New King James Version
For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh,

New American Standard Bible
For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my countrymen, my kinsmen according to the flesh,

NASB 1995
For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh,

NASB 1977
For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh,

Amplified Bible
For [if it were possible] I would wish that I myself were accursed, [separated, banished] from Christ for the sake [of the salvation] of my brothers, my natural kinsmen,

Christian Standard Bible
For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the benefit of my brothers and sisters, my own flesh and blood.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I could almost wish to be cursed and cut off from the Messiah for the benefit of my brothers, my own flesh and blood.

American Standard Version
For I could wish that I myself were anathema from Christ for my brethren's sake, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For I have been praying that I myself might be destroyed from The Messiah, for the sake of my brethren and my kinsman, who are in the flesh,

Contemporary English Version
I would gladly be placed under God's curse and be separated from Christ for the good of my own people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I wished myself to be an anathema from Christ, for my brethren, who are my kinsmen according to the flesh,

English Revised Version
For I could wish that I myself were anathema from Christ for my brethren's sake, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

Good News Translation
for my people, my own flesh and blood! For their sake I could wish that I myself were under God's curse and separated from Christ.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I wish I could be condemned and cut off from Christ for the sake of others who, like me, are Jewish by birth.

International Standard Version
for I could wish that I myself were condemned and cut off from the Messiah for the sake of my brothers, my own people,

Literal Standard Version
for I was wishing, I myself, to be accursed from the Christ—for my brothers, my relatives, according to the flesh,

NET Bible
For I could wish that I myself were accursed--cut off from Christ--for the sake of my people, my fellow countrymen,

New Heart English Bible
For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers' sake, my physical relatives according to the flesh,

Weymouth New Testament
For I could pray to be accursed from Christ on behalf of my brethren, my human kinsfolk--for such the Israelites are.

World English Bible
For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers' sake, my relatives according to the flesh,

Young's Literal Translation
for I was wishing, I myself, to be anathema from the Christ -- for my brethren, my kindred, according to the flesh,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Paul's Concern for the Jews
2I have deep sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my own flesh and blood, 4the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory and the covenants; theirs the giving of the law, the temple worship, and the promises.…

Cross References
Exodus 32:32
Yet now, if You would only forgive their sin.... But if not, please blot me out of the book that You have written."

2 Samuel 18:33
The king was shaken and went up to the gate chamber and wept. And as he walked, he cried out, "O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!"

Acts 22:5
as the high priest and the whole Council can testify about me. I even obtained letters from them to their brothers in Damascus, and I was on my way to apprehend these people and bring them to Jerusalem to be punished.

Acts 28:21
The leaders replied, "We have not received any letters about you from Judea, nor have any of the brothers from there reported or even mentioned anything bad about you.

Romans 1:3
regarding His Son, who was a descendant of David according to the flesh,

Romans 9:2
I have deep sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.

Romans 11:14
in the hope that I may provoke my own people to jealousy and save some of them.


Treasury of Scripture

For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

I could.

Exodus 32:32
Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin´┐Ż; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

were.

Deuteronomy 21:23
His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

Joshua 6:17,18
And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent…

1 Samuel 14:24,44
And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food…

accursed.

Romans 11:1
I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

Genesis 29:14
And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.

Esther 8:6
For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?









(3) I could wish . . .--Rather, I could have wished. The wish, of course, related to what was really impossible. Still it is a nobly generous impulse, at which some weak minds have been shocked, and out of which others have made sentimental capital. Let us leave it as it is.

Accursed from Christ.--Separated from Christ, and devoted to destruction. Does not the intensity of this expression help us to realise one aspect of the Atonement--"being made a curse for us" (Galatians 3:13)? (The Greek word for "curse" is different, but comes to be nearly equivalent.)



Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

I
ἐγὼ (egō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

could wish that
ηὐχόμην (ēuchomēn)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 2172: To pray, wish. Middle voice of a primary verb; to wish; by implication, to pray to God.

I myself
αὐτὸς (autos)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

were
εἶναι (einai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

cursed
ἀνάθεμα (anathema)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 331: A votive offering, a thing devoted to God; a curse, the thing cursed. From anatithemai; a ban or excommunicated.

[and] cut off from
ἀπὸ (apo)
Preposition
Strong's 575: From, away from. A primary particle; 'off, ' i.e. Away, in various senses.

Christ
Χριστοῦ (Christou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

for the sake of
ὑπὲρ (hyper)
Preposition
Strong's 5228: Gen: in behalf of; acc: above.

my
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

brothers,
ἀδελφῶν (adelphōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 80: A brother, member of the same religious community, especially a fellow-Christian. A brother near or remote.

my
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

own flesh and blood,
συγγενῶν (syngenōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 4773: Akin to, related; subst: fellow countryman, kinsman. From sun and genos; a relative; by extension, a fellow countryman.


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