Children of the living God (Rom 9:26)

“In the very place

Where it was said

To them.

‘You are not my people’,


They will be called

‘children of the living God’.”

καὶ ἔσται ἐν τῷ τόπῳ οὗ ἐρρέθη αὐτοῖς Οὐ λαός μου ὑμεῖς, ἐκεῖ κληθήσονται υἱοὶ Θεοῦ ζῶντος.

Paul quoted Hosea, chapter 1:10-2:1, that said in the very place (καὶ ἔσται ἐν τῷ τόπῳ) where it was said to them (οὗ ἐρρέθη αὐτοῖς), “You are not my people (Οὐ λαός μου ὑμεῖς)”, there, they will be called (ἐκεῖ κληθήσονται) “children or sons of the living God (υἱοὶ Θεοῦ ζῶντος)”.  Paul quoted from the end of chapter 1 and the beginning of chapter 2 of the 8th century BCE prophet, Hosea, who had said that Yahweh indicated that in that place where it was said to them, “You are not my people,” it shall be said to them that they were now “the children or sons of the living God”.  Thus, there would be a unification of the people of Judah with the people of Israel in one land, a reference to the split in Israel between the north and south at the death of Solomon.  They would once again be known as the children of the living God with one leader, since all would be well.  Paul seemed to indicate that this citation was more about the unification of the Jewish Christians and the gentile non-Jewish Christians, not the Israelites of the north with the Judeans of the south, as in the original citation.  Can you go from not my people to being my people?

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