Romans 9:20
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New International Version
But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'"


New American Standard Bible
On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, "Why did you make me like this," will it?


King James Bible
Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?


Holman Christian Standard Bible
But who are you, a mere man, to talk back to God? Will what is formed say to the one who formed it, "Why did you make me like this?"


International Standard Version
On the contrary, who are you—mere man that you are—to talk back to God? Can an object that was molded say to the one who molded it, "Why did you make me like this?"


American Standard Version
Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why didst thou make me thus?


Douay-Rheims Bible
O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it: Why hast thou made me thus?


Darby Bible Translation
Aye, but thou, O man, who art thou that answerest again to God? Shall the thing formed say to him that has formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?


Young's Literal Translation
nay, but, O man, who art thou that art answering again to God? shall the thing formed say to Him who did form it, Why me didst thou make thus?
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Context
The Calling of the Gentiles

19You will say then to me, Why does he yet find fault? For who has resisted his will? 20No but, O man, who are you that reply against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why have you made me thus? 21Has not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel to honor, and another to dishonor? 22What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 23And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had before prepared to glory, 24Even us, whom he has called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? 25As he said also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. 26And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said to them, You are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. 27Esaias also cries concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: 28For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make on the earth. 29And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like to Gomorrha.
Cross References
2 Samuel 16:10
And the king said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the LORD has said to him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Why have you done so?


Job 9:32
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.


Job 33:13
Why do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.


Isaiah 10:15
Shall the ax boast itself against him that hews therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shakes it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.


Isaiah 29:16
Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?


Isaiah 45:9
Woe to him that strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashions it, What make you? or your work, He has no hands?


Isaiah 64:8
But now, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand.


Jeremiah 18:6
O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? said the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.


Daniel 4:35
And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he does according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say to him, What do you?


Luke 12:14
And he said to him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?


Treasury of Scripture

No but, O man, who are you that reply against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why have you made me thus?

O man.

Romans 2:1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are that judge: for wherein you judge another, you condemn yourself...

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy...

1 Corinthians 7:16 For what know you, O wife, whether you shall save your husband? or how know you, O man, whether you shall save your wife?

James 2:20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

who art.

Job 33:13 Why do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.

Job 36:23 Who has enjoined him his way? or who can say, You have worked iniquity?

Job 38:2,3 Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge...

Job 40:2,5,8 Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves God, let him answer it...

Job 42:2-6 I know that you can do every thing, and that no thought can be withheld from you...

Matthew 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye evil, because I am good?

repliest. or, answerest again.

Job 16:3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldens you that you answer?

Titus 2:9 Exhort servants to be obedient to their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;

or, disputes with God?

1 Corinthians 1:20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw yourself.

Shall.

Isaiah 29:16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it...

Isaiah 45:9-11 Woe to him that strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth...

Strong's Concordance
Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed [it], Why hast thou made me thus?
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Answerest Answering Answers Aye Cavil Contrary Form Formed Hast Indeed Mere Molded Molder Moulded Nay O Repliest Reply Talk Thus
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Romans Chapter 9 Verse 20

Alphabetical: answers are back But contrary did formed God him is it like make man me molded molder not O On say Shall talk the thing this this' to what who Why will you

NT Letters: Romans 9:20 But indeed O man who are you (Rom. Ro)
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