Romans 9:21
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New International Version
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?

New Living Translation
When a potter makes jars out of clay, doesn't he have a right to use the same lump of clay to make one jar for decoration and another to throw garbage into?

English Standard Version
Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?

Berean Study Bible
Does not the potter have the right to make from the same lump of clay one vessel for special occasions and another for common use?

Berean Literal Bible
Or does the potter not have authority over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel unto honor, but one unto dishonor?

New American Standard Bible
Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?

King James Bible
Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Or has the potter no right over the clay, to make from the same lump one piece of pottery for honor and another for dishonor?

International Standard Version
A potter has the right to do what he wants to with his clay, doesn't he? He can make something for a special occasion or something for ordinary use from the same lump of clay.

NET Bible
Has the potter no right to make from the same lump of clay one vessel for special use and another for ordinary use?

New Heart English Bible
Or hasn't the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel for honor, and another for dishonor?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Or is not a potter authorized over the clay to make some formed things from it, one vessel for honor and one for dishonor?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A potter has the right to do whatever he wants with his clay. He can make something for a special occasion or something for everyday use from the same lump of clay.

New American Standard 1977
Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use, and another for common use?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Has not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour and another unto dishonour?

King James 2000 Bible
Has not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?

American King James Version
Has not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel to honor, and another to dishonor?

American Standard Version
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?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump, to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

Darby Bible Translation
Or has not the potter authority over the clay, out of the same lump to make one vessel to honour, and another to dishonour?

English Revised Version
Or hath not the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

Webster's Bible Translation
Hath not the potter power over the clay of the same lump to make one vessel to honor, and another to dishonor?

Weymouth New Testament
Or has not the potter rightful power over the clay to make out of the same lump one vessel for more honourable and another for less honourable uses?

World English Bible
Or hasn't the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel for honor, and another for dishonor?

Young's Literal Translation
hath not the potter authority over the clay, out of the same lump to make the one vessel to honour, and the one to dishonour?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
9:14-24 Whatever God does, must be just. Wherein the holy, happy people of God differ from others, God's grace alone makes them differ. In this preventing, effectual, distinguishing grace, he acts as a benefactor, whose grace is his own. None have deserved it; so that those who are saved, must thank God only; and those who perish, must blame themselves only, Hos 13:9. God is bound no further than he has been pleased to bind himself by his own covenant and promise, which is his revealed will. And this is, that he will receive, and not cast out, those that come to Christ; but the drawing of souls in order to that coming, is an anticipating, distinguishing favour to whom he will. Why does he yet find fault? This is not an objection to be made by the creature against his Creator, by man against God. The truth, as it is in Jesus, abases man as nothing, as less than nothing, and advances God as sovereign Lord of all. Who art thou that art so foolish, so feeble, so unable to judge the Divine counsels? It becomes us to submit to him, not to reply against him. Would not men allow the infinite God the same sovereign right to manage the affairs of the creation, as the potter exercises in disposing of his clay, when of the same lump he makes one vessel to a more honourable, and one to a meaner use? God could do no wrong, however it might appear to men. God will make it appear that he hates sin. Also, he formed vessels filled with mercy. Sanctification is the preparation of the soul for glory. This is God's work. Sinners fit themselves for hell, but it is God who prepares saints for heaven; and all whom God designs for heaven hereafter, he fits for heaven now. Would we know who these vessels of mercy are? Those whom God has called; and these not of the Jews only, but of the Gentiles. Surely there can be no unrighteousness in any of these Divine dispensations. Nor in God's exercising long-suffering, patience, and forbearance towards sinners under increasing guilt, before he brings utter destruction upon them. The fault is in the hardened sinner himself. As to all who love and fear God, however such truths appear beyond their reason to fathom, yet they should keep silence before him. It is the Lord alone who made us to differ; we should adore his pardoning mercy and new-creating grace, and give diligence to make our calling and election sure.
Study Bible
The Calling of the Gentiles
20But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to Him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21Does not the potter have the right to make from the same lump of clay one vessel for special occasions and another for common use? 22What if God, intending to show His wrath and make His power known, bore with great patience the vessels of His wrath, prepared for destruction?…
Cross References
Isaiah 10:15
Is the axe to boast itself over the one who chops with it? Is the saw to exalt itself over the one who wields it? That would be like a club wielding those who lift it, Or like a rod lifting him who is not wood.

Isaiah 45:9
"Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker-- An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, 'What are you doing?' Or the thing you are making say, 'He has no hands '?

Jeremiah 18:6
"Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?" declares the LORD. "Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.

Romans 9:20
But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to Him who formed it, "Why have you made me like this?"

Romans 9:22
What if God, intending to show His wrath and make His power known, bore with great patience the vessels of His wrath, prepared for destruction?

2 Timothy 2:20
A large house contains not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay. Some indeed are for honorable use, but others are for common use.
Treasury of Scripture

Has not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel to honor, and another to dishonor?

the potter.

Romans 9:11,18 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good …

Proverbs 16:4 The LORD has made all things for himself: yes, even the wicked for …

Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay, and you our …

Jeremiah 18:3-6 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he worked a …

one vessel.

Romans 9:22,23 What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known…

Jeremiah 22:28 Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a vessel wherein …

Hosea 8:8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a …

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to him, Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel …

2 Timothy 2:20,21 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, …

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