11 for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that (A)God’s purpose according to His choice would [a]stand, not [b]because of works but [c]because of Him who calls, 12 it was said to her, “(B)The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written: “(C)Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”

14 (D)What shall we say then? (E)There is no injustice with God, is there? [d](F)Far from it! 15 For He says to Moses, “(G)I will have mercy on whomever I have mercy, and I will show compassion to whomever I show compassion.” 16 So then, it does not depend on the person who [e]wants it nor the one who [f](H)runs, but on (I)God who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “(J)For this very reason I raised you up, in order to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed [g]throughout the earth.” 18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He (K)hardens whom He desires.

19 (L)You will say to me then, “(M)Why does He still find fault? For (N)who has resisted His will?” 20 On the contrary, who are you, [h](O)you foolish person, who (P)answers back to God? (Q)The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 Or does the potter not have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one object [i]for honorable use, and another [j]for common use? 22 [k]What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with great (R)patience objects of wrath (S)prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so to make known (T)the riches of His glory upon (U)objects of mercy, which He (V)prepared beforehand for glory, 24 namely us, whom He also (W)called, (X)not only from among Jews, but also from among Gentiles,

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 9:11 Lit remain
  2. Romans 9:11 Lit from
  3. Romans 9:11 Lit from
  4. Romans 9:14 Lit May it never happen!
  5. Romans 9:16 Or wills nor
  6. Romans 9:16 I.e., to win mercy or favor
  7. Romans 9:17 Lit in all
  8. Romans 9:20 Lit O
  9. Romans 9:21 Lit for honor
  10. Romans 9:21 Lit for dishonor
  11. Romans 9:22 Lit But

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