19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?”20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The 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 [a]for honorable use and another [b]for common use?22 [c]What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?23 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory,24 even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.25 As He says also in Hosea,
“I will call those who were not My people, ‘My people,’ And her who was not beloved, ‘beloved.’” 26 “And it shall be that in the place where it was said to them, ‘you are not My people,’ There they shall be called sons ofthe living God.”
27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of the sons of Israel belike the sand of the sea, it isthe remnant that will be saved;28 for the Lord will execute His word on the earth, [d]thoroughly and[e]quickly.”29 And just as Isaiah foretold,
“Unlessthe Lord of[f]Sabaoth had left to us a[g]posterity, We would have become like Sodom, and would have[h]resembled Gomorrah.”
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