I say then: Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid! But rather, through their fall salvation has come unto the Gentiles to provoke them to jealousy.
Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles, how much more their fullness?
For I speak to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my office,
that by any means I may provoke to emulation those who are my flesh, and might save some of them.
For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
For if the firstfruit be holy, the whole lump is also holy; and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree,
boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
Thou wilt say then, "The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in."
Thou sayest well! Because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear;
for if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare not thee.
Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness. Otherwise, thou also shalt be cut off.
And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree, how much more shall these, which are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?