Romans 9:13

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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

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

  • Lyle Lee
    These are the two sons of God, Israel his first born and Christianity his second born, each physical child reveals the spiritual child, the first born to Abraham Ishmael the second Isaac, God's first born son Israel, his second born Christianity, this is what is being taught here as the Apostle also taught in Galatians 4:21-31 in an allegory
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 9:13 AS IT IS WRITTEN JACOB HAVE I LOVED BUT ESAU HAVE I HATED MALACHI 1:3 AND I HATED ESAU AND LAID HIS MOUNTAINS AND HIS HERITAGE WASTE FOR THE DRAGONS OF THE WILDERNESS----HEBREWS 12:16 LEST THERE BE ANY FORNICATOR OR PROFANE PERSON AS ESAU WHO FOR ONE MORSEL OF MEAT SOLD HIS BIRTHRIGHT
  • Bill
    GOD hated Esau,because he sold his birthright
  • Irene123
    LaToya, 3/25/'14, V.3; God didn't hate Esau, God never hated even Hitler. God hates the SIN. Esau's sin was his self-righteousness in offering vegetables instead of a blood sacrifice; Heb. 9:22. God instituted blood sacrifice for sin in Gen. 3:21. The yearly blood sacrifice thereafter pointed to Jesus blood sacrifice ONCE FOR ALL. That's why God allowed the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D.cont
  • Wayne
    Irene, that goes, also, for Matt. 28:19. Think on it.
  • Elijah
    People refer to verses 15-23 to try and excuse themselves of fault for their own sin, but ignore verse 22 where the Lord shows he is long-suffering towards those who are unbelieving and disobedient. Why then is He long-suffering? Because His Word states "Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways for why will ye die, O house of Israel?" -Ezekiel33:11 One of many verses in the Bible proving the Lord rather ALL to be saved. Nevertheless, God's patience and long-suffering towards the lost and unrepentant is not in vain if they do reject Him for He knew who would accept Him or not. If you choose to reject God's better ways for you and continue in your own... know that He has a purpose even for those who hate Him and either way He will be glorified and His will be done as it was with Pharaoh. Blessed be the King of Glory! For who can resist His just and perfect will?

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