You will say to me then, "Why does he still find fault? For 1who can resist his will?"
But who are you, O man, 2to answer back to God? 3Will what is molded say to its molder, "Why have you made me like this?"
4Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump 5one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?
What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience 6vessels of wrath 7prepared for destruction,
in order to make known 8the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he 9has prepared beforehand for glory--
even us whom he 10has called, 11not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?
As indeed he says in Hosea, 12"Those who were not my people I will call 'my people,' and her who was not beloved I will call 'beloved.'"
13"And in the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' there they will be called 14'sons of the living God.'"
And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: 15"Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, 16only a remnant of them will be saved,
for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay."
And as Isaiah predicted, "If the Lord of hosts had not left us offspring, 17we would have been like Sodom and become like Gomorrah."
What shall we say, then? 18That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, 19a righteousness that is by faith;
but that Israel 20who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness21did not succeed in reaching that law.
Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the 22stumbling stone,
as it is written, 23"Behold, I am laying in Zion 24a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; 25and whoever believes in him will not be 26put to shame."