Romans 111 I say then, Has God cast away his people? By no means. For I also am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not cast away his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the scripture says of Elijah? how he appealed to God against Israel, saying, 3 Lord, they have killed your prophets, and pulled down your altars; and I alone am left, and they seek my life. 4 But what is the answer God gives to him? I have kept for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal. 5 Even so, at this present time, there is a remnant, chosen by grace. 6 And if by grace, then it is no longer by works: otherwise grace is no longer grace. 7 What then? Israel has not obtained that which it sought; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded. 8 As it is written, God has given them the spirit of stupor, eyes that should not see, and ears that should not hear; down to this day. 9 And David says, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling block, and a retribution to them: 10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their backs forever. 11 I say then, Have they stumbled to fall beyond recovery? By no means: but rather through their fall salvation has come to the Gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy. 12 Now if their fall means riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles; how much more will their fullness bring? 13 For I speak to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry: 14 That I might provoke to envy my own people, and might save some of them. 15 For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what shall their acceptance be, but life from the dead? 16 For if the piece of dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole lump is also holy: and if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among them, and with them partake in the rich root of the olive tree; 18 Do not boast over the branches. If you boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say, Branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. 20 That is true; because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand only by faith. Do not be conceited, but fear: 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you. 22 Therefore behold the kindness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, kindness, if you continue in his kindness: otherwise you shall also be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not persist in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut off from an olive tree which is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted onto a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? 25 Brethren, I would not have you be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that a hardening in part has happened to Israel, until the full number of Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, who shall banish ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant with them, when I shall take away their sins. 28 Concerning the gospel, they are enemies of God, for your sakes: but concerning election, they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are never revoked. 30 For as you in times past have not obeyed God, yet have now obtained mercy because of their disobedience: 31 Even so they have now become disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they may now also obtain mercy. 32 For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all. 33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been his counsellor? 35 Or who has first given to him, that he might be repaid? 36 For from him, and through him, and to him, are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
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