And I, because of Thine understanding, I know that [the righteousness of man] is not in the hand of flesh [and] that man [is not] master of (13) his way and that mankind cannot strengthen his step. And I know that the inclination of every spirit is in Thy hand (14) [and that] Thou hast ordained [the way of every man] before creating him[cf. Jer. 10:23, the likely source of this quote]. And how can any man change Thy words? Thou alone hast created (15) the just and established him from his mother’s womb unto the time of good-will (cf Romans 9:11, 23) that he may be preserved in Thy covenant and walk in all Thy way.
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And Thou hast raised up (17) his glory from among flesh whereas Thou hast created the wicked [for the time of] Thy [wr]ath and hast set them apart from their mother’s womb for the Day of Massacre[cf. Prov. 14:6, the likely proof-text in mind here.].
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(19) Thou hast created all [them that despise] Thy [will] to execute judgment against them (20) in the eyes of all Thy works that they may serve as a sign, and wo[nder unto] everlasting [generations] that [all] may know Thy glory [cf Romans 9:17, 23] and awful might [cf Romans 9:17, 22].-1 QH 15:12-22 (translation from Dupont-Sommer):
This text of 1 QH 15:12-22 and its translation is provided courtesy of John Piper’s “desiringGod” website(Piper).
The language here, as we see in the bracketed quotes, is strikingly similar that used by Paul in his explication of election and reprobation in Romans 9:1-23. The motives for God’s reprobation are that everyone would know the glory and power of God; the author of the text acknowledges that it is not an individual human who makes him or herself righteous, but rather, it is because of God’s predestination that anyone is capable of submitting to God – those who obey God do so because it was God’s will, and those who do not do so, do not do so because of God’s will.
“Desiring God God-Centered Resources from the Ministry of John Piper.” Desiring God. N.p., 1 Jan. 1993. Web. 10 July 2012. <http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/articles/fitted-for-destruct….