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17 In Scripture, God says to Pharaoh, “I had a special reason for making you king. I decided to use you to show my power. I wanted my name to become known everywhere on earth.” (Exodus 9:16) 18 So God does what he wants to do. He shows mercy to one person and makes another stubborn.

19 One of you will say to me, “Then why does God still blame us? Who can oppose what he wants to do?”

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17 For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”[a](A) 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.(B)

19 One of you will say to me:(C) “Then why does God still blame us?(D) For who is able to resist his will?”(E)

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  1. Romans 9:17 Exodus 9:16

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