I say then: Hath God cast away his people? God forbid! For I also am an Israelite of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Know you not what the scripture saith of Elias, how he calleth on God against Israel?
Lord, they have slain thy prophets, they have dug down thy altars. And I am left alone: and they seek my life.
But what saith the divine answer to him? I have left me seven thousand men that have not bowed their knees to Baal.
Even so then, at this present time also, there is a remnant saved according to the election of grace.
And if by grace, it is not now by works: otherwise grace is no more grace.
What then? That which Israel sought, he hath not obtained: but the election hath obtained it. And the rest have been blinded.
As it is written: God hath given them the spirit of insensibility; eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear, until this present day.
And David saith: Let their table be made a snare and a trap and a stumbling block and a recompense unto them.
Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see: and bow down their back always.