I ask 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 whom He foreknew. Know ye not what the Scripture saith of Elijah, how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,
"Lord, they have killed Thy prophets and torn down Thine altars, and I am left alone and they seek my life"?
But what saith the answer of God unto him? "I have reserved to Myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal."
Even so then, at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it be by works, then it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.
What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded,
according as it is written: "God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear, unto this day."
And David saith, "Let their table be made a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a recompense unto them.
Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their backs alway."