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 (KJV)

Other Translations

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

Bible commentary

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).

Discussion for Romans 9

  • Judith
    God is not interesting in traditions and ceremonial laws God looketh at the heart that wants to do what is right, walk in the way of the lord and strife every moment to be like jesus .
  • Lu2677
    Romans 9:22, "vessels of wrath, fitted for destruction". Destruction=destroyed for eternity. These people are going to hell.
    V.23"vessels of mercy, which he afore prepared unto glory." He predestined the elect for eternal glory in his Kingdom. Amen.
    V.28 "The Gentiles were grafted into salvation, though the Jews. Not called "God's people", then God calls them "His people". Children of God.
  • Geri
    Tbe book of Romans has been awesome. Learning GOD's word and truth in this study is truly humbling.
  • Enoc
    Can anybody explain to me what verse 26 mentioned. I can't recall ever reading any part, in where the gentiles were called, in public not people of God. Thanks
  • Deaconess kemi Nuga for verse 13
    Exactly what you thought. Nobody can question God. He knew what both of them were capable of doing even their descendants as well.
  • Johnny
    God loves Jacob Israel and hates Esau Edom, which is the forefather of the Roman Empire. Read the meaning of Esau in Classical baby names and also Genesis 25:25 and down. The vessel made to honor is Jacob Israel and the vessel fitted for destruction is Esau. From 13 down it's talking about Jacob and Esau, but uses Egypt as an example of how he raised Egypt to power and showed his wrath. He also raised Esau to power to show his wrath on Esau.

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