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Romans 9:16

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So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.


- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition

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Other Translations of Romans 9:16

So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So then it {does} not {depend} on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that hath mercy.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So then, it is not by the desire or by the attempt of man, but by the mercy of God.
- Basic English Bible

So then [it is] not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God that shews mercy.
- Darby Bible

So then, it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy.
- Webster's Bible

And from this we learn that everything is dependent not on man's will or endeavour, but upon God who has mercy. For the Scripture said to Pharaoh,
- Weymouth Bible

So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who has mercy.
- World English Bible

Therfor it is not nether of man willynge, nethir rennynge, but of God hauynge mercy.
- Wycliffe Bible

so, then -- not of him who is willing, nor of him who is running, but of God who is doing kindness:
- Youngs Literal Bible

 

Wesley's Notes for Romans 9:16

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.

 

People's Bible Notes for Romans 9:16

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).

 

Comments for Romans 9:16

Mr Amdife James's comment on 2014-10-09 03:20:39:

His mercies are too common in the eye s of men,of him who is willeth,runneth.But in the present of GOD his mercies are powerful.

 

Mikye's comment on 2014-08-13 13:45:22:

It is God that make thing to happen not our effort.

 

Mr Johnbless's comment on 2014-02-23 00:36:49:

It not because we are qaulify but by God s mercy and love

 

Apostle Confidence Livinus's comment on 2014-01-20 19:42:33:

It teaches that all we need to make it in this life and the life to come is the MERCY of God!

 

Idowu Oladapo's comment on 2014-01-20 14:59:12:

God is merciful according to his tender mercy to those who(children) are candidate of favour.He's not moved by dea action, reaction or sin.

 

Agbontalor Aaron's comment on 2013-12-19 05:43:46:

Inspite of every human free will to choices, HIS will, always stand. Halleluyah!

 

Victor.A.Badmus's comment on 2013-12-17 00:48:03:

The passage simply tells us that our natural ability,professional trainings are not enough to guarantee success. For the bible says if God didn't build the labour of him who built is in Vain.

 

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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