Romans 9:12-22 NIV

12 not by works but by him who calls--she was told, "The older will serve the younger."a1

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13 Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."b2

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14 What then shall we say?3 Is God unjust? Not at all!4

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15 For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."c5

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    • f 9:15 - Exodus 33:19
      16 It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy.6

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      17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."d7

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      18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.8

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      19 One of you will say to me:9 "Then why does God still blame us?10 For who resists his will?"11

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      20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God?12 "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it,13 'Why did you make me like this?' "e14

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        • h 9:20 - Isaiah 29:16; 45:9
          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?15

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          22 What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience16 the objects of his wrath--prepared for destruction?17

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