If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits1 is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.
If some of the branches have been broken off,2 and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others3 and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,
do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.419
You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in."
Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith.5 Do not be arrogant,6 but be afraid.721
For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
Consider therefore the kindness8 and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue9 in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.1023
And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.1124
After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree,12 how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!