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 for 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 (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 for Romans 9:16

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 9:16

  • Charlie on Romans 9:16
    The will of Him who sends us is stronger than our will. He wills and works for His good pleasure. It is His good pleasure to give us the Kingdom, and to those who receive Him He gives us the right to become sons of God ... not of bloods, but by His Blood ... not of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of men, but of God. Not him who willeth, not him who runneth ... but by the abundant mercy of God who wills His good pleasure upon whom He chooses.
  • Okey Kanu on Romans 9:16
    Blessing, promotion, is at the discretion of God. Our effort, strength is so limited. What have you achieved that God has not given to you. That is why as christains we should be very mindful of boasting. The Bible says ' Who is man that you are so mindful of ' This tells us that Gods mercy is just the determinant of how far a man reaches in life.
  • Mr Amdife James on Romans 9:16
    His mercies are too common in the eye s of men,of him who is willeth,runneth.But in the present of GOD his mercies are powerful.
  • Mikye on Romans 9:16
    It is God that make thing to happen not our effort.
  • Mr Johnbless on Romans 9:16
    It not because we are qaulify but by God s mercy and love
  • Apostle Confidence Livinus on Romans 9:16
    It teaches that all we need to make it in this life and the life to come is the MERCY of God!
  • Idowu Oladapo on Romans 9:16
    God is merciful according to his tender mercy to those who(children) are candidate of favour.He's not moved by dea action, reaction or sin.
  • Agbontalor Aaron on Romans 9:16
    Inspite of every human free will to choices, HIS will, always stand. Halleluyah!
  • Victor.A.Badmus on Romans 9:16
    The passage simply tells us that our natural ability,professional trainings are not enough to guarantee success. For the bible says if God didn't build the labour of him who built is in Vain.
  • Chimezie on Romans 9:16
    How much we GIVE is no guarantee on how much we GET. It takes only God's endorsement to UPGRADE a man


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