Or hath not the potter a right over the clay?
(h ouk ecei exousian o kerameu tou phlou?
). This question, expecting an affirmative answer, is Paul's reply to the previous one, "Why didst thou make me thus?" Phlo
, old word for clay, is mud or wet clay in John 9:6 John 9:11 John 9:14
. The old word for potter (kerameu
) in N.T. only here and Matthew 27:7 Matthew 27:10
). Late word from puraw
, to mix (clay, dough, etc.). One part
). Regular idiom for contrast (men--de
) with the old demonstrative o
(this), "this vessel (skeuo
, old word as in Mark 11:16
) for honour, that for dishonour." Paul thus claims clearly God's sovereign right (exousian
, power, right, authority, from exesti
) to use men (already sinners) for his own purpose.