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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
9:16 It - The blessing. Therefore is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth - It is not the effect either of the will or the works of man, but of the grace and power of God. The will of man is here opposed to the grace of God, and man's running, to the divine operation. And this general declaration respects not only Isaac and Jacob, and the Israelites in the time of Moses, but likewise all the spiritual children of Abraham, even to the end of the world.
Ro 9:16 But of God that sheweth mercy. When God is gracious, it is not because a human will ("him that willeth"), or a human work ("him that runneth") lays him under obligation, and forces him to give, but the gift is of him, due to his mercy, which he has the right to bestow where he will. Isaac "willed" to bestow the blessing on Esau (Ge 27:1-4), and the latter "run" to obtain the venison (Ge 27:5), but Jacob had been chosen to become the founder of the chosen people (Ge 25:23 26:24 Ps 135:4), and received the blessing, which promised that he should be the father of a great nation (Ge 27:28,29).
Chimezie's comment on 2013-11-15 15:16:28:
How much we GIVE is no guarantee on how much we GET. It takes only God's endorsement to UPGRADE a man
Oluwaseyi's comment on 2013-10-22 05:27:09:
I believe God is merciful beyond any human understanding. And we should always pray and seek His Mercy in all our life endeavors.
P S J's comment on 2013-10-21 04:01:02:
According to romans 9:16,it show that man's ability,certificate,qualification on both physical and spiritual things are vain.mercy is the key that unlock the heavenly gate, indeed he said,my way are not your way,may thought are not your thought. Preacher samuel JIMOH
Elijah Ayodele's comment on 2013-10-18 12:55:03:
Man's desire provoke his will to strive but the actualization of every fortune is an act of God,[a sovereign decision].
Omotayo Sunday's comment on 2013-09-30 21:25:23:
This simply means that man has no power of his own to achieve anything or to prevent an event from happening but by God things goes as it goes.
Imodal O G's comment on 2013-09-26 02:59:45:
To me Romd9:16 Expkains,in the race of life success,God is the only determing factor,which is a devine secret,though you still have a responsibility to be prepared for it.Apostle Paul,Daniel etc understand by books.
CLETUS ISEK's comment on 2013-09-25 01:14:42:
In my limited understanding of Roman 9:16, the Apostle Paul was building on the Words of our Lord Jesus Christ written in John 15:5. Indeed, it is not on our effort that we are successful but the mercy of God working in us.
Toyosi Bruce's comment on 2013-09-13 16:59:24:
In my own explanation, Rom.9:16 teaches us that we can do nothing on our own accord except by God's grace. Yes, man has d will power but it's not by man's will that we provoke God to act. It's just by his mercies. In otherwords, all our cares and burdens should be laid at his feet.
Missy's comment on 2013-08-14 10:40:19:
We cannot do it without His mercy!
Elvis Nwuju's comment on 2013-05-22 10:33:10:
It goes to show that we have an unpredictable and kind GOD. It reminds me TD Jakes' "The bad boys, and the GOD who loves them"
CLIFFORD's comment on 2013-03-06 06:02:50:
From my own interpretation of what apostle Paul was saying here; success or whatever height one attains in life is not by the effort one makes, but by Godís mercy. It goes to prove that though everyone is created by God, but not everyone is on his mercy list. It also contrasts Solomonís personal view; in his conclusion in the book of Ecclesiastes 9:11 (talking about time and chance). This implies that manís willingness or effort without God is baseless.
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