Israel and God’s faithfulness

1 So I ask you, has God rejected his people? Absolutely not! I'm an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God hasn't rejected his people, whom he knew in advance. Or don't you know what the scripture says in the case of Elijah, when he pleads with God against Israel?
3 Lord, they have killed your prophets, and they have torn down your altars. I'm the only one left, and they are trying to take my life.
4 But what is God's reply to him? I have kept for myself seven thousand people who haven't bowed their knees to Baal.
5 So also in the present time there is a remaining group by the choice of God's grace.
6 But if it is by grace, it isn't by what's done anymore. If it were, God's grace wouldn't be grace.
7 So what? Israel didn't find what it was looking for. Those who were chosen found it, but the others were resistant.
8 As it is written, God gave them a dull spirit, so that their eyes would not see and their ears not hear, right up until the present day.
9 And David says, Their table should become a pitfall and a trap, a stumbling block and payback to them for what they have done.
10 Their eyes should be darkened so they can't see, and their backs always bent.