In a large house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and earthenware, and some for noble use, some for ignoble.
If anyone cleanses himself from what is ignoble, he will be a vessel for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is formed say to him who formed it, »Why have you made me like this?«
Does not the potter have right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?