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The Justification of God

An Exegetical and Theological Study of Romans 9:1-23


The Justification Of God is a compelling exposition of Romans 9:1-23. Piper incorporates exegetical study as discusses the texts presentation of God's sovereignty from a Calvinist standpoint.

Originally published in 1983, this study was conceived as an attempt to understand how Paul defends the righteousness of God in Romans 9:14-23. It involves a broad effort to grasp what Paul means by the righteousness of God and raises the question of election and predestination.


  • Written in an irenic spirit with a keen awareness and interaction with all significant scholarly studies on Romans 9. Theology aside, it is a work of scholarship in its own right and the best on Romans 9. G. K. Beale, Professor, Westminster Theological Seminary
  • I find The Justification of God the most compelling and forceful exposition of Romans 9:1-23 that I have ever seen. Richard Muller, Professor
, Calvin Theological Seminary
  • Piper leads one through complex exegetical issues, engaging important literature fairly, summarizing the arguments frequently, and stating his conclusion (and warrants) clearly. Leander Keck
  • Even for non-Calvinists Piper’s work is too carefully reasoned and stays too close to the text to be ignored. David G. Dunbar, President, Biblical Theological Seminary