What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain,1 but the elect did. The others were hardened,28
as it is written: "God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes so that they could not see and ears so that they could not hear,3 to this very day."a49
And David says: "May their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,5 and their backs be bent forever."b6
Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all!7 Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles8 to make Israel envious.912
But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles,10 how much greater riches will their fullness bring!
I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles,11 I make much of my ministry
in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy12 and save13 some of them.