Romans 9:8-18 NIV

8 In other words, it is not the natural children who are God's children,1 but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham's offspring.2

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9 For this was how the promise was stated: "At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son."a3

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    • c 9:9 - Gen. 18:10,14
      10 Not only that, but Rebekah's children had one and the same father, our father Isaac.4

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      11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad5--in order that God's purpose6 in election might stand:

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          12 not by works but by him who calls--she was told, "The older will serve the younger."b7

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          13 Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."c8

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          14 What then shall we say?9 Is God unjust? Not at all!10

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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."d11

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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.12

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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."e13

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              18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.14

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