Romans 9:13-23 NIV

13 Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."a1

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14 What then shall we say?2 Is God unjust? Not at all!3

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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."b4

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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.5

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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."c6

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      18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.7

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      19 One of you will say to me:8 "Then why does God still blame us?9 For who resists his will?"10

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      20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God?11 "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it,12 'Why did you make me like this?' "d13

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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?14

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          22 What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience15 the objects of his wrath--prepared for destruction?16

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          23 What if he did this to make the riches of his glory17 known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory18--

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