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Romans 11

English Standard Version

1 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham,[1] a member of the tribe of Benjamin. (1Sa 12:22; Jer 31:37; Jer 33:24; 2Co 11:22; Php 3:5) 2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? (Ps 94:14; Ro 8:29) 3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” (1Ki 19:10; 1Ki 19:14) 4 But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” (1Ki 19:18) 5 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. (Jer 3:14; Zec 13:8; Ro 9:27) 6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. (De 9:4; Ro 4:4) 7 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, (Ro 9:31; Ro 11:25) 8 as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day.” (De 29:4; Isa 29:10; Isa 43:8; Jer 5:21; Eze 12:2; Mt 13:14; Eph 4:18) 9 And David says, “Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them; (Ps 69:22) 10 let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs forever.” 11 So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather, through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. (Ac 28:28) 12 Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion[2] mean! 13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry (Ac 9:15; Ac 26:17; Ro 15:16) 14 in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. (1Co 7:16; 1Co 9:22; 1Ti 4:16; Jas 5:20) 15 For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? (Ro 5:11) 16 If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches. (Nu 15:18; Ne 10:37; Eze 44:30) 17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root[3] of the olive tree, (Ps 52:8; Jer 11:16; Joh 15:2; Eph 2:12) 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. 19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. (Pr 28:14; Isa 66:2; Isa 66:5; Jer 44:10; Ro 12:3; Ro 12:16; 1Co 10:12; 2Co 1:24; Php 2:12; 1Ti 6:17) 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. 22 Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. (Joh 15:2; 1Co 15:2; Heb 3:6; Heb 3:14) 23 And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. (2Co 3:16) 24 For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree. 25 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers:[4] a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. (Lu 21:24; Ro 11:7; Ro 12:16; 2Co 3:14; Re 7:9) 26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”; (Ps 14:7; Ps 53:6; Isa 59:20; Joh 4:22; Heb 8:8) 27 “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” (Isa 27:9; Ro 9:4; Heb 8:12) 28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. (De 7:8; De 10:15; Ro 9:5) 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (Ro 8:28) 30 For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, (Eph 2:2; Eph 2:11; Eph 2:13; Col 1:21; Col 3:7; Tit 3:3) 31 so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now[5] receive mercy. 32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all. (Ro 3:9) 33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! (De 29:29; Ps 139:6; Eph 3:10; Col 2:3) 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” (Job 15:8; Job 36:22; Isa 40:13; 1Co 2:16) 35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” (Job 35:7; Job 41:11) 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (Ro 16:27; 1Co 8:6; 1Co 11:12; Eph 3:21; Php 4:20; Col 1:16; 1Ti 1:17; Heb 2:10; 1Pe 4:11; 2Pe 3:18; Jud 1:25; Re 1:6; Re 5:13)