Romans 9:6-16 (Lexham English Bible)

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6 But [it is] not as if the word of God had failed. For not all those [who are descended] from Israel [are truly] Israel, 7 nor [are they] all children because they are descendants of Abraham, but "In Isaac will your descendants be named."a 8 That is, [it is] not the children {by human descent}b [who are] children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as descendants. 9 For the statement of the promise [is] this: "At this time I will return and {Sarah will have}c a son."d 10 And not only [this], but also [when]e Rebecca conceived children by one [man],f Isaac our father-- 11 for [although they]g had not yet been born, or done anything good or evil, in order that the purpose of God according to election might remain, 12 not by works but by the one who calls--it was said to her, "The older will serve the younger,"h 13 just as it is written, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."i

God’s Sovereign Choice to Show Mercy

14 What then shall we say? [There is] no injustice with God, [is there]?j May it never be! 15 For to Moses he says, "I will have mercy on whomever I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I have compassion."k 16 Consequently therefore, {it does not depend on the}l one who wills or on the one who runs, but on God who shows mercy.
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