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

  • Irene123
    Eccl. 12:12; 12:13- and you find this in God's word (v.13), not in v.12. A 'liberal' education is against God.
  • Stephende
    In Romans 9-5, Paul states that"Christ is over all". How can that be for God is the potter and we are clay. Christ sought not glory for himself but came to do the bidding of the Father. He exemplifies. How we are to live, which is in the Spirit, for the flesh is as grass, which flowers on day and is chaff the next. I love Jesus for his words were purely from God, and he pleased the Father
  • Joe
    Stephende - Paul was directly called by Jesus to preach to the Gentiles. ALthough Paul had compassion for his fellow Isrealites, his mission was aimed at the Gentiles. Paul always followed Divine direction - Jews first, then Gentiles.
  • Irene123
    If one is going to read the Bible and then 'object' to something in it - God have mercy on their soul
  • Stephende
    Paul, being the Apostle of the gentile has slanted his arguement in favor of the gentile. For this I object. I believe God has mercy on whom He will, completely, and that Jew or Gentile dose not influence in any way. Neither are pure in God's eyes. I say none are righteous. But God knows the heart. He will have mercy upon the pure of heart. He will have mercy to those with Godly knowledge
  • Magdalene
    God been good to us by giving us this precious book the bible to read Roman teaches us Hw to live our lives and what the master has in store for us
    Let us continue to praise and worship him

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