Romans 9:20

20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ”[a]

Romans 9:20 in Other Translations

KJV
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
ESV
20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, "Why have you made me like this?"
NLT
20 No, don’t say that. Who are you, a mere human being, to argue with God? Should the thing that was created say to the one who created it, “Why have you made me like this?”
MSG
20 Who in the world do you think you are to second-guess God? Do you for one moment suppose any of us knows enough to call God into question? Clay doesn't talk back to the fingers that mold it, saying, "Why did you shape me like this?"
CSB
20 But who are you-anyone who talks back to God? Will what is formed say to the one who formed it, "Why did you make me like this?"

Romans 9:20 In-Context

18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
19 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?”
20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ”
21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?
22 What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction?

Cross References 3

  • 1. Job 1:22; Job 9:12; Job 40:2
  • 2. Isaiah 64:8; Jeremiah 18:6
  • 3. Isaiah 29:16; Isaiah 45:9; Isaiah 10:15

Footnotes 1

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