- I say then, Did God cast off his people?
For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
- God did not cast off his people which he foreknew.
Or know ye not what the scripture saith of Elijah?
how he pleadeth with God against Israel:
- Lord, they have killed thy prophets, they have digged down thine altars;
and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
- But what saith the answer of God unto him?
I have left for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal.
- Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
- But if it is by grace, it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace.
- What then?
that which Israel seeketh for, that he obtained not;
but the election obtained it, and the rest were hardened:
- according as it is written, God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear, unto this very day.
- And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, And a stumblingblock, and a recompense unto them:
- Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, And bow thou down their back always.
- I say then, Did they stumble that they might fall?
God forbid: but by their fall salvation [is come] unto the Gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy.
- Now if their fall, is the riches of the world, and their loss the riches of the Gentiles;
how much more their fulness?
- But I speak to you that are Gentiles.
Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I glorify my ministry;
- if by any means I may provoke to jealousy [them that are] my flesh, and may save some of them.
- For if the casting away of them [is] the reconciling of the world, what [shall] the receiving [of them be], but life from the dead?
- And if the firstfruit is holy, so is the lump: and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
- But if some of the branches were broken off, and thou, being a wild olive, wast grafted in among them, and didst become partaker with them of the root of the fatness of the olive tree;
- glory not over the branches: but if thou gloriest, it is not thou that bearest the root, but the root thee.
- Thou wilt say then, Branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.
by their unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by thy faith.
Be not highminded, but fear:
- for if God spared not the natural branches, neither will he spare thee.
- Behold then the goodness and severity of God: toward them that fell, severity;
but toward thee, God’s goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
- And they also, if they continue not in their unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
- For if thou wast cut out of that which is by nature a wild olive tree, and wast grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree;
how much more shall these, which are the natural [branches], be grafted into their own olive tree?
- For I would not, brethren, have you ignorant of this mystery, lest ye be wise in your own conceits, that a hardening in part hath befallen Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in;
- and so all Israel shall be saved: even as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer;
He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
- And this is my covenant unto them, When I shall take away their sins.
- As touching the gospel, they are enemies for your sake: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sake.
- For the gifts and the calling of God are not repented of.
- For as ye in time past were disobedient to God, but now have obtained mercy by their disobedience,
- even so have these also now been disobedient, that by the mercy shown to you they also may now obtain mercy.
- For God hath shut up all unto disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.
- O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God!
how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past tracing out!
- For who hath known the mind of the Lord?
or who hath been his counsellor?
- or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
- For of him, and through him, and unto him, are all things.
To him [be] the glory for ever.