Romans 9:16-33 Darby’s Translation

16  So then [it is] not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God that shews mercy. 17  For the scripture says to Pharaoh, For this very thing I have raised thee up from amongst [men], that I might thus shew in thee my power, and so that my name should be declared in all the earth. 18  So then, to whom he will he shews mercy, and whom he will he hardens. 19  Thou wilt say to me then, Why does he yet find fault? for who resists his purpose? 20  Aye, but thou, O man, who art thou that answerest again to God? Shall the thing formed say to him that has formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21  Or has not the potter authority over the clay, out of the same lump to make one vessel to honour, and another to dishonour? 22  And if God, minded to shew his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering vessels of wrath fitted for destruction; 23  and that he might make known the riches of his glory upon vessels of mercy, which he had before prepared for glory, 24  us, whom he has also called, not only from amongst [the] Jews, but also from amongst [the] nations?

25  As he says also in Hosea, I will call not-my-people My people; and the-not-beloved Beloved. 26  And it shall be, in the place where it was said to them, Ye [are] not my people, there shall they be called Sons of [the] living God. 27  But Esaias cries concerning Israel, Should the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, the remnant shall be saved: 28  for [he] is bringing the matter to an end, and [cutting [it] short in righteousness; because] a cutting short of the matter will [the] Lord accomplish upon the earth. 29  And according as Esaias said before, Unless [the] Lord of hosts had left us a seed, we had been as Sodom, and made like even as Gomorrha.

Righteousness Based on Faith

30  What then shall we say? That [they of the] nations, who did not follow after righteousness, have attained righteousness, but [the] righteousness that is on the principle of faith. 31  But Israel, pursuing after a law of righteousness, has not attained to [that] law. 32  Wherefore? Because [it was] not on the principle of faith, but as of works. They have stumbled at the stumblingstone, 33  according as it is written, Behold, I place in Zion a stone of stumbling and rock of offence: and he that believes on him shall not be ashamed.


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