The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons; and now the LORD thy God hath made thee as the stars of heaven for multitude.
Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.
Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
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:
And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.