Romans 9:13

“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Romans 9:13

As it is written, Iacob haue I loued, but Esau haue I hated.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Just as it is written, "JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Even as it is written, Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Even as it is said, I had love for Jacob, but for Esau I had hate.
- Basic English Bible

according as it is written, I have loved Jacob, and I have hated Esau.
- Darby Bible

As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
- Webster's Bible

This agrees with the other Scripture which says, "Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated."
- Weymouth Bible

Even as it is written, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."
- World English Bible

that the more schulde serue the lesse, as it is writun, Y louede Jacob, but Y hatide Esau.
- Wycliffe Bible

according as it hath been written, `Jacob I did love, and Esau I did hate.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Romans 9:13

Wesley's Notes for Romans 9:13

9:13 As it is written - With which word in Genesis, spoken so long before, that of Malachi agrees. I have loved Jacob - With a peculiar love; that is, the Israelites, the posterity of Jacob. And I have, comparatively, hated Esau - That is, the Edomites, the posterity of Esau. But observe, This does not relate to the person of Jacob or Esau Nor does it relate to the eternal state either of them or their posterity. Thus far the apostle has been proving his proposition, namely, that the exclusion of a great part of the seed of Abraham, yea, and of Isaac, from the special promises of God, was so far from being impossible, that, according to the scriptures themselves, it had actually happened. He now introduces and refutes an objection. #Mal 1:2|,3.

People's Bible Notes for Romans 9:13

Ro 9:13 As it is written. In Mal 1:2,3. The language of Malachi, in its connection, shows that this is spoken of the two races: "I hated Esau and laid waste his mountains and his heritage". This was not true of Esau as a person, but was true of his descendants. One race was loved and the other race hated. God has then asserted his right to freely choose or to reject races. There is not the slightest hint of electing some persons to eternal salvation and others to damnation.

Discussion for Romans 9:13

  • Deaconess kemi Nuga on Romans 9:13
    Exactly what you thought. Nobody can question God. He knew what both of them were capable of doing even their descendants as well.
  • LaToya on Romans 9:13
    God didnt love everybody in the Bible. That scripture makes it clear especially about Esau.
  • Terry King on Romans 9:13
    I think the scripture means exactly what it says. It does not say that it wasn't speaking about the two as individuals. It calls them by name. In fact it does not say anything at all about the descendants, however I feel that this certainly is true. For we have seen both at enemy with each other for thousands of years now. Why can't people just believe God's word? Why do they have to insert man made doctrine. My advise is just read and believe Gods word and understand the final warning to man at the end of the Holy Bible to people who change (add to, or take away) the true words of God. The true word of God has no copywrite in the front of the bible. In fact, God wants us to spread that word by mouth, or written. Anyway that we can is ok with Him. Try using the other versions and if you take donations or receive any money for your publications prepare to go to court and be sued. God himself has preserved the true Word of God until this day, and even though it is far down the list on all other versions that pop up when using Google search, I am convinced that it is for settled in Heaven and will stand the test of time. It makes me sick when anyone tries to tell me a scripture does not mean exactly what it says.
    Nevertheless, I love you and pray that the Lord will bless you.
  • Philipo! on Romans 9:13
    They haven't been born,yet God has known what will happen. Truly God is an unquestionable God
  • Art - in Reply on Romans 9:13
    What God is telling us here is that we don't really have a free will. We come predestined - our lives determined in advance by divine will or fate.
  • Acciah - in Reply on Romans 9:13

    Keep in mind that GOD is not restricted by time as we are. GOD knows and sees our beginning from our end. Remember that he told Jeremiah: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew thee". GOD said "I knew thee"..He knew the type of character ESAU would be throughout and at the end of his life.

    We have free will. GOD knows how we're going to use it.
  • Jesse - in Reply on Romans 9:13

    I don't think Romans 9:13 has anything to do with predestination or salvation. God doesn't determine ahead of time who will or will not be saved. He knows who will receive Him and who will reject Him. Predestination is never associated with salvation in the bible. You will always see the word associated with those who are already saved. It's what has been predestined or chosen for us as part of our inheritance. Predestination in the bible never has anything to do with predestinating people for Heaven or Hell. It's never used that way.

    Every time the word predestinated is used in the scriptures; it always makes reference to part of our inheritance in Christ. If He did not choose me and predestine me to be holy and without blame before Him in His love, I'd never be able to stand before Him. But I've received Christ as part of my inheritance.

    Christ died for everybody. He knows ahead of time who will receive Him. He never forces anybody to receive Him or reject Him. Because I am in Christ, I have been predestined by God to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren, that is, the head of the body of Christ, as He is.

    As far as free will goes, you're going to upset a lot of "free-willies" here if you are telling them that they don't have a free will. Everyone has free will, and as long as they live in a body of flesh, they will always have that free will. But what is free will attached to, your flesh or your spirit?

    It is the flesh that has free will. But God could care less about our flesh. He didn't save our flesh. He saved our spirit, our soul. Our flesh will NEVER submit to the things of the Lord because it will always be in opposition to Him. But our spirit, our soul, as Paul says, we are slaves to Jesus Christ. No free will when it comes to our soul. Our soul is saved forever if Christ is in us. He does not give us eternal life. He gives us Himself, and He is eternal life. That's why we have eternal life!
  • Adam - in Reply on Romans 9:13
    Hi Art, I'm not seeing anything about predestination in that verse or the chapter. What did you read that led you to draw that conclusion? Does God not give people freewill?
  • Etta - in Reply on Romans 9:13
    First, this verse isn't talking about physical birth but spiritual adoption, when looking at verse 3 through verse 5.

    [3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: 4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertained the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; 5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.]

    We must be careful in taking a single verse out of Scripture out of context, and yes, God IS infinite, and all knowing, this Scripture isn't talking about His supremacy, nor even predestination, but the grace and mercy of God.
  • Lorin - in Reply on Romans 9:13
    Yes the Israelites are predestined it would appear


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