New International Version
It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy.
King James Bible
So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Darby Bible Translation
So then [it is] not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God that shews mercy.
World English Bible
So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who has mercy.
Young's Literal Translation
so, then -- not of him who is willing, nor of him who is running, but of God who is doing kindness:
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
So then it is not of him that willeth, etc. - I conclude, therefore, from these several instances, that the making or continuing any body of men the peculiar people of God, is righteously determined; not by the judgment, hopes, or wishes of men, but by the will and wisdom of God alone. For Abraham judged that the blessing ought, and he willed, desired, that it might be given to Ishmael; and Isaac also willed, designed, it for his first-born, Esau: and Esau, wishing and hoping that it might be his, readily went, ran a hunting for venison, that he might have the blessing regularly conveyed to him: but they were all disappointed - Abraham and Isaac, who willed, and Esau who ran: for God had originally intended that the blessing of being a great nation and distinguished people should, of his mere good pleasure, be given to Isaac and Jacob, and be confirmed in their posterity; and to them it was given. And when by their apostasy they had forfeited this privilege, it was not Moses' willing, nor any prior obligation God was under, but his own sovereign mercy, which continued it to them.
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LibraryApril 1. "Vessels of Mercy which He had Afore Prepared unto Glory" (Rom. Ix. 23).
"Vessels of mercy which he had afore prepared unto glory" (Rom. ix. 23). Our Father is fitting us for eternity. A vessel fitted for the kitchen will find itself in the kitchen. A vessel for the art gallery or the reception room will generally find itself there at last. What are you getting fitted for? To be a slop-pail to hold all the stuff that people pour into your ears, or a vase to hold sweet fragrance and flowers for the King's palace and a harp of many strings that sounds the melodies and harmonies …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
Concerning God's Purpose
Letter Lxxxv. To Paulinus.
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
"All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--
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