10 aAnd not only this, but there was bRebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac;
11 for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that aGod’s purpose according to His choice would 1stand, not 2because of works but 2because of Him who calls,
12 it was said to her, “aThe older will serve the younger.”
13 Just as it is written, “aJacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
14 aWhat shall we say then? bThere is no injustice with God, is there? cMay it never be!
15 For He says to Moses, “aI will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”
16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who aruns, but on bGod who has mercy.
17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “aFor this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed 1throughout the whole earth.”
18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He ahardens whom He desires.
19 aYou will say to me then, “bWhy does He still find fault? For cwho resists His will?”
20 On the contrary, who are you, aO man, who banswers back to God? cThe thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it?
21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel 1for honorable use and another 2for common use?