Romans 9:17-27 NIV

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."a1

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18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.2

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19 One of you will say to me:3 "Then why does God still blame us?4 For who resists his will?"5

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20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God?6 "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it,7 'Why did you make me like this?' "b8

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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?9

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      22 What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience10 the objects of his wrath--prepared for destruction?11

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      23 What if he did this to make the riches of his glory12 known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory13--

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      24 even us, whom he also called,14 not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?15

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      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,"c16

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      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.' "d17

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      27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea,18 only the remnant will be saved.19

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