3. Of God's Sovereignty
19 You will say to me then, Why does He still find fault? For who withstands His will?
20 But rather, aO man, who are you who answer back to God? Shall the thing molded say to him who molded it, Why did you make me thus?
21 Or does not the apotter have authority over the clay to make out of the same lump one 1bvessel unto honor and another unto dishonor?
22 And what if God, wishing to demonstrate His awrath and make His power known, endured with much long-suffering vessels of wrath fitted for destruction,
23 In order that He might make known the ariches of His glory upon bvessels of cmercy, which He had before prepared unto 1dglory,
24 Even us, whom He has also acalled, not only from among the Jews but also from among the Gentiles?
25 As He also says in Hosea, a"I will call those who were not My people My people, and her who was not beloved beloved;
26 And it shall be that in the place where it was said to them, aYou are not My people, there shall they be called sons of the living God.''
27 And Isaiah cries concerning Israel, a"Though the number of the sons of Israel be like the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that shall be saved;
28 For the Lord will execute His word upon the earth, accomplishing it and cutting it short.''
29 And as Isaiah has previously said, a"Unless the Lord of hosts had left us a seed, we would have become like bSodom and been made like Gomorrah.''