Romans 9:19
New International Version
One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?”

New Living Translation
Well then, you might say, “Why does God blame people for not responding? Haven’t they simply done what he makes them do?”

English Standard Version
You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?”

Berean Study Bible
One of you will say to me, “Then why does God still find fault? For who can resist His will?”

Berean Literal Bible
Then you will say to me, "Why then does He still find fault? For who is resisting His purpose?"

King James Bible
Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?

New King James Version
You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?”

New American Standard Bible
You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?”

NASB 1995
You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?”

NASB 1977
You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?”

Amplified Bible
You will say to me then, “Why does He still blame me [for sinning]? For who [including myself] has [ever] resisted His will and purpose?”

Christian Standard Bible
You will say to me, therefore, “Why then does he still find fault? For who resists his will? ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You will say to me, therefore, “Why then does He still find fault? For who can resist His will?”

American Standard Version
Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he still find fault? For who withstandeth his will?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Doubtless you will say, “Why does he find fault, for who stands against his will?”

Contemporary English Version
Someone may ask, "How can God blame us, if he makes us behave in the way he wants us to?"

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou wilt say therefore to me: Why doth he then find fault? for who resisteth his will?

English Revised Version
Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he still find fault? For who withstandeth his will?

Good News Translation
But one of you will say to me, "If this is so, how can God find fault with anyone? Who can resist God's will?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You may ask me, "Why does God still find fault with anyone? Who can resist whatever God wants to do?"

International Standard Version
You may ask me, "Then why does God still find fault with anybody? For who can resist his will?"

Literal Standard Version
You will say, then, to me, “Why does He yet find fault? For who has resisted His counsel?”

NET Bible
You will say to me then, "Why does he still find fault? For who has ever resisted his will?"

New Heart English Bible
You will say then to me, "Why does he still find fault? For who withstands his will?"

Weymouth New Testament
"Why then does God still find fault?" you will ask; "for who is resisting His will?"

World English Bible
You will say then to me, "Why does he still find fault? For who withstands his will?"

Young's Literal Translation
Thou wilt say, then, to me, 'Why yet doth He find fault? for His counsel who hath resisted?'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Calling of the Gentiles
18Therefore God has mercy on whom He wants to have mercy, and He hardens whom He wants to harden. 19 One of you will say to me, “Then why does God still find fault? For who can resist His will?” 20But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to Him who formed it, “Why did You make me like this?”…

Cross References
2 Chronicles 20:6
and said, "O LORD, God of our fathers, are You not the God who is in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can stand against You.

Job 9:12
If He takes away, who can stop Him? Who dares to ask Him, 'What are You doing?'

Isaiah 29:16
You have turned things upside down, as if the potter were regarded as clay. Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, "He did not make me"? Can the pottery say of the potter, "He has no understanding"?

Daniel 4:35
All the peoples of the earth are counted as nothing, and He does as He pleases with the army of heaven and the peoples of the earth. There is no one who can restrain His hand or say to Him, 'What have You done?'"

Romans 3:7
However, if my falsehood accentuates God's truthfulness, to the increase of His glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?

Romans 11:19
You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in."

1 Corinthians 15:35
But someone will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?"


Treasury of Scripture

You will say then to me, Why does he yet find fault? For who has resisted his will?

Thou.

Romans 3:8
And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.

1 Corinthians 15:12,35
Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? …

James 1:13
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

Why doth.

Romans 3:5-7
But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) …

Genesis 50:20
But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

2 Chronicles 20:6
And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?









(19-21) These verses contain the third part of the vindication, which is based upon a possible extension of the objection. Not only might it seem as if this absolute choice and rejection was unjust in itself, but also unjust in its consequences. How can a man be blamed or punished, when his actions are determined for him? The Apostle meets this by a simple but emphatic assertion of the absolute and unquestionable prerogative of God over His creatures.

Verse 19. - Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who resisteth his will? Having shown that injustice cannot be imputed to God in hardening as well as having mercy on whom he will, the apostle now meets the supposed difficulty of understanding why men should be held guilty before God for but being as he wills them to be. It is immediately suggested by Pharaoh's case, which led to the conclusion, ὅν θέλει σκληρύνει; but the apostle foresees that an objection might be raised on this ground to his finding fault with the Jews for rejecting Christ, and them he especially has in view in what follows. It may be observed here that there is undoubtedly a difficulty to the human mind in reconciling theoretically Divine omnipotence with human free-will and responsibility. (On the general question, see notes on ch. 8.) St. Paul here, after his manner, does not attempt to solve the general problem, confining himself for the present to the Divine side of it. His answer, in vers. 20, 21, is simply to the effect that God has the absolute right as well as power to deal with his own creation as he pleases, and that man is in no position to "contend with the Almighty" (see Job 40:2). He brings in from the prophets the illustration of the potter's power and right over the clay, which he fashions and deals with as he chooses. It will be seen, however, as we go on, that this illustration by no means involves, as by some it has been supposed to do, the idea of rejection and condemnation irrespectively of desert.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
One of you will say
Ἐρεῖς (Ereis)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 2046: Probably a fuller form of rheo; an alternate for epo in certain tenses; to utter, i.e. Speak or say.

to me,
μοι (moi)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

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

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

does [God] still find fault?
μέμφεται (memphetai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 3201: To blame, censure, find fault. Middle voice of an apparently primary verb; to blame.

For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

who
τίς (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

can resist
ἀνθέστηκεν (anthestēken)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 436: To set against; I withstand, resist, oppose. From anti and histemi; to stand against, i.e. Oppose.

His
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

will?”
βουλήματι (boulēmati)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's 1013: Will, counsel, purpose. From boulomai; a resolve.


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