Romans 9:11

“(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

(For the children being not yet borne, neither hauing done any good or euil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of workes, but of him that calleth.)
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

for though {the twins} were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God's purpose according to {His} choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

for `the children' being not yet born, neither having done anything good or bad, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth,
- American Standard Version (1901)

Before the children had come into existence, or had done anything good or bad, in order that God's purpose and his selection might be effected, not by works, but by him whose purpose it is,
- Basic English Bible

[the children] indeed being not yet born, or having done anything good or worthless (that the purpose of God according to election might abide, not of works, but of him that calls),
- Darby Bible

(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God, according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth)
- Webster's Bible

and even then, though they were not then born and had not done anything either good or evil, yet in order that God's electing purpose might not be frustrated, based, as it was, not on their actions but on the will of Him who called them, she was told,
- Weymouth Bible

For being not yet born, neither having done anything good or bad, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him who calls,
- World English Bible

And whanne thei weren not yit borun, nether hadden don ony thing of good ether of yuel, that the purpos of God schulde dwelle bi eleccioun,
- Wycliffe Bible

(for they being not yet born, neither having done anything good or evil, that the purpose of God, according to choice, might remain; not of works, but of Him who is calling,) it was said to her --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Romans 9:11


Ro 9:11 For [the children]. The children, yet unborn, were both Isaac's seed according to the flesh; hence, according to the flesh, of the promised seed, and both equally without works, "neither having done good nor evil". That the purpose of God according to election might stand. That it might stand forth that he made the choice of his own will, freely. Of his own will he chose Jacob, yet unborn, to become the head of the chosen race, rather than Esau. Note that this election was not to eternal salvation, but to become the head of a people. As Moses, Samuel, and John the Baptist were raised up for a great work of God, so was Jacob.

Discussion for Romans 9:11

  • Michael for verse 11
    It 's interesting that it says Jacob I loved Esau I hated he did this prior to there earthly existence and not because Pf anything they did good or bad right or wrong ...mankind was judged guilty at the tree of knowledge good and evil because prior to that had no knowledge of sin. For him who knows its sin has sinned . So scripture says that the reason ma. Will be judged to hell is because he sinned against God both Jacob and Esau were sinners ...Both had the eternal judgment upon them ..my feeling is since the reason God hated Esau and loved Jacob was not on the basis opt sin but by his choice , therefore it couldn 't be salvationin question here because scripture says by sin and non belief a sinner ggoes to hell while a saved sinner goes to heaven be ause he believes God not because God chose him over and above someone else .
  • Luis Rodriguez for verse 11
    I believe that this is a wonderful type of the Grace of God given to us today in this Dispensation, through Jesus Christ, who payed for all of our sins: past present and even sins that we haven't even committed yet. Even "before we have done any good or evil" "Christ died for the ungodly",as Jacob was ungodly in his ways.

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