Israel Is Not Cast Away1 I say then, God has not a rejected His people, has He? b May it never be! For c I too am an Israelite ▼
▼ Lit of the seed of Abrahama descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God e has not rejected His people whom He f foreknew. g Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? 3 “Lord, h they have killed Your prophets, they have torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they are seeking my life.” 4 But what ▼
▼ Lit saysis the divine response to him? j “I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time k a remnant according to God’s ▼
▼ Lit choice of gracegracious choice. 6 But m if it is by grace, it is no longer ▼
▼ Lit out ofon the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace. 7 What then? What o Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but ▼
▼ Lit the electionthose who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were q hardened; 8 just as it is written, r “God gave them a spirit of stupor,
Eyes to see not and ears to hear not,
Down to this very day.”
9 And David says, s “Let their table become a snare and a trap,
And a stumbling block and a retribution to them.
10 t “Let their eyes be darkened to see not,
And bend their backs forever.”
11 u I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? v May it never be! But by their transgression w salvation has come to the Gentiles, to x make them jealous. 12 Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their ▼
▼ Or fullness, z fulfillment be! 13 But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as aa I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if somehow I might ab move to jealousy ac my ▼
▼ Lit fleshfellow countrymen and ae save some of them. 15 For if their rejection is the af reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but ag life from the dead? 16 If the ah first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too. 17 But if some of the ai branches were broken off, and aj you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the ▼
▼ Lit root of the fatnessrich root of the olive tree, 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that al it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you. 19 am You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20 Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you an stand by your faith. ao Do not be conceited, but fear; 21 for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either. 22 Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s ap kindness aq if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also ar will be cut off. 23 And they also as if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree? 25 For at I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this au mystery— so that you will not be av wise in your own estimation— that a partial aw hardening has happened to Israel until the ax fullness of the Gentiles has come in; 26 and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, ay “The Deliverer will come from Zion,
He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.”
27 az “This is ▼
▼ Lit the covenant from MeMy covenant with them,
bb When I take away their sins.”
▼ Lit According to the gospelFrom the standpoint of the gospel they are bd enemies for your sake, but ▼
▼ Lit according to the electionfrom the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for bf the sake of the fathers; 29 for the gifts and the bg calling of God bh are irrevocable. 30 For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. 32 For bi God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all. 33 Oh, the depth of bj the riches ▼
▼ Or and the wisdomboth of the bl wisdom and knowledge of God! bm How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For bn who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? 35 Or bo who has first given to Him ▼
▼ Lit and it will be paid backthat it might be paid back to him again? 36 For bq from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. br To Him be the glory ▼
▼ Lit to the agesforever. Amen.
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