Romans 9:14
New International Version
What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all!

New Living Translation
Are we saying, then, that God was unfair? Of course not!

English Standard Version
What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means!

Berean Study Bible
What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Absolutely not!

Berean Literal Bible
What then shall we say? Is there injustice with God? Never may it be!

New American Standard Bible
What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be!

King James Bible
What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

Christian Standard Bible
What should we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not!

Contemporary English Version
Are we saying God is unfair? Certainly not!

Good News Translation
Shall we say, then, that God is unjust? Not at all.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What should we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not!

International Standard Version
What can we say, then? God is not unrighteous, is he? Of course not!

NET Bible
What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not!

New Heart English Bible
What should we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? May it never be.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
What shall we say, therefore? Is there evil with God? God forbid!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What can we say-that God is unfair? That's unthinkable!

New American Standard 1977
What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be!

Jubilee Bible 2000
What shall we say then? Is there injustice in God? No, in no wise.

King James 2000 Bible
What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

American King James Version
What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

American Standard Version
What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

Douay-Rheims Bible
What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? God forbid.

Darby Bible Translation
What shall we say then? [Is there] unrighteousness with God? Far be the thought.

English Revised Version
What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

Webster's Bible Translation
What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? By no means.

Weymouth New Testament
What then are we to infer? That there is injustice in God?

World English Bible
What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? May it never be!

Young's Literal Translation
What, then, shall we say? unrighteousness is with God? let it not be!
Study Bible GRK ▾ 
God's Sovereign Choice
13So it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” 14What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Absolutely not! 15For He says to Moses: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 19:7
And now, may the fear of the LORD be upon you. Be careful what you do, for with the LORD our God there is no injustice, partiality, or bribery."

Job 34:10
Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do wrong, and for the Almighty to act unjustly.

Psalm 92:15
to proclaim, "The LORD is upright; He is my rock, and in Him there is no unrighteousness."

Luke 20:16
He will come and kill those tenants, and will give the vineyard to others." And when the people heard this, they said, "May such a thing never happen!"

Romans 2:11
For God does not show favoritism.

Romans 3:5
But if our unrighteousness highlights the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unjust to inflict His wrath on us? I am speaking in human terms.

Romans 9:30
What then will we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith;

Treasury of Scripture

What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

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Romans 3:1,5 What advantage then has the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision…

Is there unrighteousness.

Romans 2:5 But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up to yourself …

Romans 3:5,6 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what …

Genesis 18:25 That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous …

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: …

2 Chronicles 19:7 Why now let the fear of the LORD be on you; take heed and do it: …

Job 8:3 Does God pervert judgment? or does the Almighty pervert justice?

Job 34:10-12,18,19 Therefore listen to me you men of understanding: far be it from God, …

Job 35:2 Think you this to be right, that you said, My righteousness is more than God's?

Psalm 92:15 To show that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no …

Psalm 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

Jeremiah 12:1 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk …

Revelation 15:3,4 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song …

Revelation 16:7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, …







Lexicon
What
Τί (Ti)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

then
οὖν (oun)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3767: Therefore, then. Apparently a primary word; certainly, or accordingly.

shall we say?
ἐροῦμεν (eroumen)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2046: Probably a fuller form of rheo; an alternate for epo in certain tenses; to utter, i.e. Speak or say.

[Is]
μὴ (mē)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

God
θεῷ (theō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

unjust?
ἀδικία (adikia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 93: Injustice, unrighteousness, hurt. From adikos; injustice; morally, wrongfulness.

Absolutely not!
γένοιτο (genoito)
Verb - Aorist Optative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.
(14-18) These verses contain the second part of the vindication. This power of choosing one and refusing another has always been reserved to Himself by God; as is seen by the examples of Moses and Pharaoh.

(14) Is there unrighteousness?--Again, as in Romans 3:5, the Apostle anticipates a possible objection. Does not this apparently arbitrary choice of one and rejection of another imply injustice in Him who exercises it? The thought is not to be entertained.

Verses 14-24. - (b) In the next section injustice on the part of God, in thus electing the objects of his mercy according to the good pleasure of his will, is repudiated. As in Romans 6:1 and Romans 7:7, a false inference from what has been said is introduced by τί οῦν ἐροῦμεν, and indignantly rejected by μὴ γένοιτο, followed by reasons against the inference. Verses 14-16. - What shall we say then? Unrighteousness with God? ("Is there" supplied in the Authorized Version somewhat weakens the force of the expression.) God forbid! For to Moses he saith, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy. The argument (thus introduced by γὰρ) requires two understood premisses - that God cannot possibly be unrighteous, and that what he himself said to Moses must be true. These premisses assumed, the apostle reasons thus: "What I have said of God's way of dealing with men does not imply unrighteousness in him; for it agrees with what he said of himself to Moses." The quotation is from Exodus 33:19. Moses had besought the LORD to show him his glory, as a token that he and the people had found grace in his sight (vers. 16, 18). The LORD, in answer to his prayer, makes "all his goodness pass before him," in token that such grace had been found; but declares, in the words quoted, that all such grace accorded was not due to any claim on the part of man, but to his own good pleasure. In the verses that follow (17, 18) it is further shown, by the same kind of argument, that, as God declares himself to accept whom he will, so he also declares himself to reject whom he will; and hence, as his power is absolute, so is his justice unimpeachable, in himself determining the objects of his reprobation no less than the objects of his mercy. This appears from what he is recorded (Exodus 9:16) to have said through Moses to Pharaoh. 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.
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