Bible: Romans 9:6-21

9:6 It is not as though the word of God had failed. For not all those who are descended from Israel are truly Israel, 1  9:7 nor are all the children Abraham’s true descendants; ratherthrough Isaac will your descendants be counted.” 2  9:8 This means 3  it is not the children of the flesh 4  who are the children of God; rather, the children of promise are counted as descendants. 9:9 For this is what the promise declared: 5 About a year from now 6  I will return and Sarah will have a son.” 7  9:10 Not only that, but when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, 8  our ancestor Isaac 9:11 even before they were born or had done anything good or bad (so that God’s purpose in election 9  would stand, not by works but by 10  his calling) 11  9:12 12  it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger,” 13  9:13 just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” 14 

9:14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not! 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.” 15  9:16 So then, 16  it does not depend on human desire or exertion, 17  but on God who shows mercy. 9:17 For the scripture says to Pharaoh: 18 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.” 19  9:18 So then, 20  God 21  has mercy on whom he chooses to have mercy, and he hardens whom he chooses to harden. 22 

9:19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who has ever resisted his will? 9:20 But who indeed are you – a mere human being 23 to talk back to God? 24  Does what is molded say to the molder, “Why have you made me like this? 25  9:21 Has the potter no right to make from the same lump of clay 26  one vessel for special use and another for ordinary use? 27 

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