Romans 9:22
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New International Version
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?

New Living Translation
In the same way, even though God has the right to show his anger and his power, he is very patient with those on whom his anger falls, who are destined for destruction.

English Standard Version
What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,

Berean Study Bible
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?

Berean Literal Bible
And what if God, desiring to show the wrath and to make known His power, bore with much patience the vessels of wrath, having been fitted for destruction,

New American Standard Bible
What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?

King James Bible
What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And what if God, desiring to display His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience objects of wrath ready for destruction?

International Standard Version
Now if God wants to demonstrate his wrath and reveal his power, can't he be extremely patient with the objects of his wrath that are made for destruction?

NET Bible
But what if God, willing to demonstrate his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath prepared for destruction?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But surely God was willing to show his wrath and reveal his power, bringing wrath with a multitude of patience against vessels of wrath that were perfected for destruction,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If God wants to demonstrate his anger and reveal his power, he can do it. But can't he be extremely patient with people who are objects of his anger because they are headed for destruction?

New American Standard 1977
What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?

Jubilee Bible 2000
What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much meekness the vessels of wrath, prepared for death,

King James 2000 Bible
What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

American King James Version
What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

American Standard Version
What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering vessels of wrath fitted unto destruction:

Douay-Rheims Bible
What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath, fitted for destruction,

Darby Bible Translation
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;

English Revised Version
What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering vessels of wrath fitted unto destruction:

Webster's Bible Translation
What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Weymouth New Testament
And what if God, while choosing to make manifest the terrors of His anger and to show what is possible with Him, has yet borne with long-forbearing patience with the subjects of His anger who stand ready for destruction,

World English Bible
What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath made for destruction,

Young's Literal Translation
And if God, willing to shew the wrath and to make known His power, did endure, in much long suffering, vessels of wrath fitted for destruction,
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
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? 23What if He did this to make the riches of His glory known to the vessels of His mercy, whom He prepared in advance for glory—…
Cross References
Proverbs 16:4
The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.

Romans 2:4
Or do you disregard the riches of His kindness, tolerance, and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you to repentance?

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 9:21
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?

1 Peter 2:8
and, "A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense." They stumble because they disobey the message--and to this they were appointed.
Treasury of Scripture

What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

willing.

Romans 9:17 For the scripture said to Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have …

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness …

Romans 2:4,5 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering…

Exodus 9:16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised you up, for to show …

Psalm 90:11 Who knows the power of your anger? even according to your fear, so …

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

Revelation 6:16,17 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from …

endured.

Numbers 14:11,18 And the LORD said to Moses, How long will this people provoke me? …

Psalm 50:21,22 These things have you done, and I kept silence; you thought that …

Ecclesiastes 8:11,12 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore …

Lamentations 3:22 It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his …

1 Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long-suffering of …

2 Peter 2:3,9 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

2 Peter 3:8,9,15 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is …

Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old …

Revelation 6:9-11 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the …

the vessels. The Apostle, by employing the appellation of the vessels of wrath, carries on the similitude of the potter, by which he had illustrated the sovereignty of God.

Romans 9:21 Has not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make …

1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by …

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

fitted. or, made up.

Genesis 15:16 But in the fourth generation they shall come here again: for the …

Matthew 23:31-33 Why you be witnesses to yourselves, that you are the children of …

1 Thessalonians 2:16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, …

1 Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which …

Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old …

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