Romans 9:21

“Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hath not the potter power ouer the clay, of the same lumpe, to make one vessell vnto honour, and another vnto dishonour?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Or hath not the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Or has not the potter the right to make out of one part of his earth a vessel for honour, and out of another a vessel for shame?
- Basic English Bible

Or has not the potter authority over the clay, out of the same lump to make one vessel to honour, and another to dishonour?
- Darby Bible

Hath not the potter power over the clay of the same lump to make one vessel to honor, and another to dishonor?
- Webster's Bible

Or has not the potter rightful power over the clay to make out of the same lump one vessel for more honourable and another for less honourable uses?
- Weymouth Bible

Or hasn't the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel for honor, and another for dishonor?
- World English Bible

Whether a potter of cley hath not power to make of the same gobet o vessel in to honour, an othere in to dispit?
- Wycliffe Bible

hath not the potter authority over the clay, out of the same lump to make the one vessel to honour, and the one to dishonour?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 9:21


9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay - And much more hath not God power over his creatures, to appoint one vessel, namely, the believer, to honour, and another, the unbeliever, to dishonour? If we survey the right which God has over us, in a more general way, with regard to his intelligent creatures, God may be considered in two different views, as Creator, Proprietor, and Lord of all; or, as their moral Governor, and Judge. God, as sovereign Lord and Proprietor of all, dispenses his gifts or favours to his creatures with perfect wisdom, but by no rules or methods of proceeding that we are acquainted with. The time when we shall exist, the country where we shall live, our parents, our constitution of body and turn of mind; these, and numberless other circumstances, are doubtless ordered with perfect wisdom, but by rules that lie quite out of our sight. But God's methods of dealing with us, as our Governor and Judge, are dearly revealed and perfectly known; namely, that he will finally reward every man according to his works: He that believeth shalt be saved, and he that believeth not shall be damned. Therefore, though He hath mercy on whom he willeth, and whom he willeth he hardeneth, that is, suffers to be hardened in consequence of their obstinate wickedness; yet his is not the will of an arbitrary, capricious, or tyrannical being. He wills nothing but what is infinitely wise and good; and therefore his will is a most proper rule of judgment. He will show mercy, as he hath assured us, to none but true believers, nor harden any but such as obstinately refuse his mercy. #Jer 18:6|,7


People's Bible Notes for Romans 9:21


Ro 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay? So God, as far as right is involved, has the right to make of his creatures what he will. It is not said that we are as clay in the potter's hands, but that God has the right over us that the potter has over his clay. One lump the potter can use for a splendid vase; another for a vessel for base uses.

Discussion for Romans 9

  • Alex
    Just as isaac was the child of Promise under the old covenant, under the new covenant it THE HG. that is the child of Promise which is the N.B. IMMANUEL God with us,the multiplication of Abraham was just a metaphor for the multiplication of very God in humanity via the seed of the sower which is our new man, he is not born of the will of man nor of blood nor flesh but of the will of God th PROMISE
  • Alex
    Romans 9 tells us that ITS the children of Promise that are counted for the good seed, the children of the flesh are NOT the children of God, its the children of Promise that are THE good seed,which are them that are born of the SPIRIT,ETC the seed of Christ his seed being the WORD that is gonna be sown in us resulting in a birth of Christ in us, Immanuel GOD WITH US thus NEW INNERMAN th PROMISE
  • Edna
    Yes it was thru thy seed promised thru Abraham (Isaac) by faith not only to the Jews but also to the gentils not by the works of the law but thru faith
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Several key messages in this chapter- I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay make one vessel unto honour, another unto dishonour?
  • Ray321
    God saw that Jews were more Holy. Romans 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: If God sees a remnant in Jews, then there's got to be lest Gentiles that believe in Jesus Christ.
  • BSP
    Verses 22 and 23 bring out how Jehovah God's endurance has allowed the gathering of many faithful ones.

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