Romans 9:10–21

9:10 Not only that, but when Rebekah had conceived children by one man,22 our ancestor Isaac—9:11 even before they were born or had done anything good or bad (so that God’s purpose in election23 would stand, not by works but by24 his calling)259:12 26 it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger,”27 9:13 just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”28

9:14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not! 9:15 For he says to Moses: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”29 9:16 So then,30 it does not depend on human desire or exertion,31 but on God who shows mercy. 9:17 For the scripture says to Pharaoh:32For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may demonstrate my power in you, and that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.”33 9:18 So then,34 God35 has mercy on whom he chooses to have mercy, and he hardens whom he chooses to harden.36

9:19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who has ever resisted his will?” 9:20 But who indeed are you—a mere human being37—to talk back to God?38 Does what is molded say to the molder,Why have you made me like this?39 9:21 Has the potter no right to make from the same lump of clay40 one vessel for special use and another for ordinary use?41

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