"The LORD was devoted to you and chose you, not because you were more numerous than all peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.
But because the LORD loved you and kept the oath He swore to your fathers, He brought you out with a strong hand and redeemed you from the place of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
The LORD will not abandon His people, because of His great name and because He has determined to make you His own people.
"Yet the LORD God of Israel chose me out of all my father's household to be king over Israel forever. For He chose Judah as leader, and from the house of Judah, my father's household, and from my father's sons, He was pleased to make me king over all Israel.
And out of all my sons-- for the LORD has given me many sons-- He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the LORD's kingdom over Israel.
Yes, Father, because this was Your good pleasure.
In that same hour He rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and the learned and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, because this was Your good pleasure.
Paul, called as an apostle of Christ Jesus by God's will, and our brother Sosthenes:
He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will,
He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He planned in Him
This is according to the purpose of the ages, which He made in the Messiah, Jesus our Lord,
Coastlands, listen to me; distant peoples, pay attention. The LORD called me before I was born. He named me while I was in my mother's womb.
And now, says the LORD, who formed me from the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob back to Him so that Israel might be gathered to Him; for I am honored in the sight of the LORD, and my God is my strength--
I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations.
For he will be great in the sight of the Lord and will never drink wine or beer. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother's womb.
He will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God.
But the Lord said to him, "Go! For this man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before Gentiles, kings, and the sons of Israel.
As they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work that I have called them to."
Then he said, 'The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear the sound of His voice.
For you will be a witness for Him to all people of what you have seen and heard.
Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and singled out for God's good news--
We have received grace and apostleship through Him to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations, on behalf of His name,
And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.
on us whom He also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?
God is faithful; by Him you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Yet to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is God's power and God's wisdom,
But by God's grace I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not ineffective. However, I worked more than any of them, yet not I, but God's grace that was with me.
But we must always thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God has chosen you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
He called you to this through our gospel, so that you might obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry--
one who was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man. Since it was out of ignorance that I had acted in unbelief, I received mercy,
and the grace of our Lord overflowed, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.
Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little.