When they hadn't been born yet and when they hadn't yet done anything good or bad, it was shown that God's purpose would continue because it was based on his choice.
It wasn't because of what was done but because of God's call. This was said to her: The older child will be a slave to the younger one.a13
As it is written, I loved Jacob, but I hated Esau.b14
So what are we going to say? Isn't this unfair on God's part? Absolutely not!
He says to Moses, I'll have mercy on whomever I choose to have mercy, and I'll show compassion to whomever I choose to show compassion.c16
So then, it doesn't depend on a person's desire or effort. It depends entirely on God, who shows mercy.
Scripture says to Pharaoh, I have put you in this position for this very thing: so I can show my power in you and so that my name can be spread through the entire earth.d18
So then, God has mercy on whomever he wants to, but he makes resistant whomever he wants to.
So you are going to say to me, "Then why does he still blame people? Who has ever resisted his will?"
You are only a human being. Who do you think you are to talk back to God? Does the clay say to the potter, "Why did you make me like this?"e21
Doesn't the potter have the power over the clay to make one pot for special purposes and another for garbage from the same lump of clay?