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Israel’s Rejection and God’s Justice

14 What shall we say then? wIs there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! 15 For He says to Moses, x“I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” 16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17 For ythe Scripture says to the Pharaoh, z“For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” 18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He ahardens.

19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For bwho has resisted His will?” 20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? cWill the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Does not the dpotter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make eone vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

22 What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering fthe vessels of wrath gprepared for destruction, 23 and that He might make known hthe riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had iprepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us whom He jcalled, knot of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

25 As He says also in Hosea:

l“I will call them My people, who were not My people,

And her beloved, who was not beloved.”

26 “And mit shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,

You are not My people,’

There they shall be called sons of the living God.”

27 Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel:

n“Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea,

oThe remnant will be saved.

28 For 2He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness,

pBecause the Lord will make a short work upon the earth.”

29 And as Isaiah said before:

q“Unless the Lord of 3Sabaoth had left us a seed,

rWe would have become like Sodom,

And we would have been made like Gomorrah.”


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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