18So then he has mercy on whomsoever he chooses, and he hardens the heart of whomsoever he chooses.
19 You will say to me then, Why then does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?
20But who indeed are you, a human being, to argue with God? Will what is moulded say to the one who moulds it, Why have you made me like this?
21Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one object for special use and another for ordinary use?
22What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath that are made for destruction;
23and what if he has done so in order to make known the riches of his glory for the objects of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory
24including us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?
25As indeed he says in Hosea,
Those who were not my people I will call my people,
and her who was not beloved I will call beloved.
26 And in the very place where it was said to them, You are not my people,
there they shall be called children of the living God.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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10 February 2011