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Romans 9:21-31 (New International Version)

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21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?1 22 What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience2 the objects of his wrath--prepared for destruction?3 23 What if he did this to make the riches of his glory4 known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory5-- 24 even us, whom he also called,6 not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?7 25 As he says in Hosea: "I will call them 'my people' who are not my people; and I will call her 'my loved one' who is not my loved one,"a8 26 and, "It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.' "b9 27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea,10 only the remnant will be saved.11 28 For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality."c12 29 It is just as Isaiah said previously: "Unless the Lord Almighty13 had left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah."d14

Israel's Unbelief

30 What then shall we say?15 That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith;16 31 but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness,17 has not attained it.18
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