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14 What then shall we say? There is no injustice with God, is there?* May it never be! 15 For to Moses he says, “I will have mercy on whomever I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I have compassion.”i 16 Consequently therefore, ⌊it does not depend on the⌋j one who wills or on the one who runs, but on God who shows mercy. 17 For the scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very reason I have raised you up, so that I may demonstrate my power in you, and so that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”k 18 Consequently therefore, he has mercy on whomever he wishes, and he hardens whomever he wishes.
19 Therefore you will say to me, “Why then does he still find fault? For who has resistedl his will? 20 On the contrary, O man, who are you who answers back to God? Will what is molded say to the one who molded it, “Why did you make me like this”?m 21 Or does the potter not have authority over the clay, to make from the same lump a vessel that is for ⌊honorable use⌋n and one that is for ⌊ordinary use⌋o? 22 And what if God, wanting to demonstrate his wrath and to make known his power, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And he did so* in order that he could make known the riches of his glory upon vessels of mercy that he prepared beforehand for glory, 24 us whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 25 As he also says in Hosea,
“I will call those who were not my people, ‘My people,’
and those who were not loved, ‘Loved.’p
there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’ ”q
“Even if the number of the sons of Israel is like the sand of the sea,
the remnant will be saved,
“If the Lord of hosts had not left us descendants,
we would have become like Sodom
and would have resembled Gomorrah.”t
The negative construction in Greek anticipates a negative answer here
A quotation from Exod 33:19
Literally “not of the”
A quotation from Exod 9:16
Or “who resists”
The words “he did so” are not in the Greek text, but are an understood repetition from the previous clause
A quotation from Hos 2:23
A quotation from Hos 1:10
Literally “for the Lord will act, closing the account and cutting short”
A paraphrased quotation from Isa 10:22–23
A quotation from Isa 1:9
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