Bible: Romans 9:15-18

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.” 1  9:16 So then, 2  it does not depend on human desire or exertion, 3  but on God who shows mercy. 9:17 For the scripture says to Pharaoh: 4 For 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.” 5  9:18 So then, 6  God 7  has mercy on whom he chooses to have mercy, and he hardens whom he chooses to harden. 8 

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