for though the twins were not yetborn and had not doneanythinggoodorbad, so that 1God'spurposeaccording to His choice would astand, not bbecause of works but cbecause of Him who calls,
it was said to her, "2THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER."
13Just as it is written, "3JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED."
144What shall we saythen ? 5There is noinjustice with God, is there? 6May it never be!
For He says to Moses, "7I WILL HAVEMERCY ON WHOM I HAVEMERCY, AND I WILL HAVECOMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVECOMPASSION."
16Sothen it does not depend on the man who willsor the man who 8runs, but on 9God who hasmercy.
For the Scripturesays to Pharaoh, "10FOR THISVERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMEDdTHROUGHOUT THE WHOLEEARTH."
18Sothen He hasmercy on whom He desires, and He 11hardenswhom He desires.
1912You will say to me then, "13Why does He stillfindfault ? For 14whoresists His will ?"
On the contrary, who are you, 15Oman, who 16answersback to God ? 17The thingmolded will not say to the molder, "Why did you make me likethis," will it?
21Or does not the potterhave a right over the clay, to make from the samelumponevesselefor honorableuse and anotherffor commonuse ?