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?
22 1What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much apatience vessels of wrath bprepared for destruction?
23 And He did so to make known athe riches of His glory upon bvessels of mercy, which He cprepared beforehand for glory,
24 even us, whom He also acalled, bnot from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.