Romans 9:16-33 American Standard Version

16  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that hath mercy. 17  For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, For this very purpose did I raise thee up, that I might show in thee my power, and that my name might be published abroad in all the earth. 18  So then he hath mercy on whom he will, and whom he will be hardeneth. 19  Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he still find fault? For who withstandeth his will? 20  Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why didst thou make me thus? 21  Or hath not the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor? 22  What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering vessels of wrath fitted unto destruction: 23  and that he might make known the riches of his glory upon vessels of mercy, which he afore prepared unto glory, 24  [even] us, whom he also called, not from the Jews only, but also from the Gentiles?

25  As he saith also in Hosea, I will call that my people, which was not my people; And her beloved, that was not beloved. 26  And it shall be, [that] in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, There shall they be called sons of the living God. 27  And Isaiah crieth concerning Israel, If the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that shall be saved: 28  for the Lord will execute [his] word upon the earth, finishing it and cutting it short. 29  And, as Isaiah hath said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, We had become as Sodom, and had been made like unto Gomorrah.

Righteousness Based on Faith

30  What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, who followed not after righteousness, attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith: 31  but Israel, following after a law of righteousness, did not arrive at [that] law. 32  Wherefore? Because [they sought it] not by faith, but as it were by works. They stumbled at the stone of stumbling; 33  even as it is written, Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence: And he that believeth on him shall not be put to shame.

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