Aside from the Bible itself which is in a category not to be compared with any other book -- of uninspired literature , I value Robert Haldane's Exposition of Romans very highly . He spends 13 pages on Romans 9:13 . I will give glimpses of his take on God's hatred . If God's love to Jacob was real literal love , God's hatred to Esau must be real literal hatred . If God says that He hated Esau , are we to avoid receiving God's testimony , or justified in employing a mode of torture in expounding His words ? The opinion held by some , that it may be questioned whether God be ever said to hate any man , is contrary to the revealed character of God . This sentiment appears to be near akin to that of the heathen philosophers , who held it as a maxim that God could not be angry with anyone . Like many other unfounded dogmas , it stands in direct opposition to the whole tenor of the Scriptures ... Nothing can be more unjustifiable than this method of tampering with and perverting the word of God , and nothing can be more uncalled for ... In God's hatred of sinners , as in all His attributes , there is nothing of sinful feeling ... We must in this , and in all things , submit to God's word , and believe it as it speaks , and not as we would have it to speak .