Romans 9:12

Overview - Romans 9
Paul is sorry for the Jews.
All of Abraham not of the promise.
18 God's sovereignty.
25 The calling of the Gentiles and rejecting of the Jews, foretold.
32 The cause of the Jews' stumbling.
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Romans 9:12  (King James Version)
COLOR="#991A15">the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.

The elder
or, The greater.
Genesis 25:22 Genesis 25:23 ; 2 Samuel 8:14 ; 1 Kings 22:47

or, lesser.