So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather through their trespass 1salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous.
Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusiona mean!
Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as 2I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry
in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and 3thus save some of them.
For if their rejection means 4the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?
165If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
But if 6some of the branches were broken off, and you, 7although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing rootb of the olive tree,
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.
Then you will say, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in."
That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you 8stand fast through faith. So 9do not become proud, but 10fear.
For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.
Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness to you, 11provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise 12you too will be cut off.
And 13even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again.
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.