Not as though the word of God hath miscarried. For all are not Israelites that are of Israel.
Neither are all they that are the seed of Abraham, children: but in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
That is to say, not they that are the children of the flesh are the children of God: but they that are the children of the promise are accounted for the seed.
For this is the word of promise: According to this time will I come. And Sara shall have a son.
And not only she. But when Rebecca also had conceived at once of Isaac our father.
For when the children were not yet born, nor had done any good or evil (that the purpose of God according to election might stand):
Not of works, but of him that calleth, it was said to her: The elder shall serve the younger.
As it is written: Jacob I have loved: but Esau I have hated.
What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? God forbid!
For he saith to Moses: I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy. And I will shew mercy to whom I will shew mercy.
So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.