I saythen, God has not 1rejected His people, has He? 2May it never be! For 3I tooam an Israelite, aa descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
2God4has not rejected His peoplewhom He 5foreknew. 6Or do you not knowwhat the Scripturesays in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with GodagainstIsrael ?
3"Lord, 7THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS, THEY HAVE TORNDOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY ARE SEEKING MY LIFE."
But whatbis the divineresponse to him? "8I HAVE KEPT for MyselfSEVENTHOUSANDMENWHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL."
In the samewaythen, there has alsocome to be at the presenttime9a remnantaccording to God's cgraciouschoice.
But 10if it is by grace, it is nolongerdon the basis of works, otherwisegrace is nolongergrace.
7Whatthen ? What11Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but ethose who were chosenobtained it, and the rest were 12hardened ;
8just as it is written, "13GODGAVE THEM A SPIRIT OF STUPOR, EYES TO SEE NOT AND EARS TO HEAR NOT, DOWN TO THISVERYDAY."
And Davidsays, "14LET THEIR TABLEBECOME A SNARE AND A TRAP, AND A STUMBLINGBLOCK AND A RETRIBUTION TO THEM.
"15LET THEIR EYES BE DARKENED TO SEE NOT, AND BEND THEIR BACKSFOREVER ."
1116I saythen, they did not stumbleso as to fall, did they? 17May it never be! But by their transgression18salvation has come to the Gentiles, to 19make them jealous.
12Nowif their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, howmuchmore will their f20fulfillment be!
But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuchthen as 21I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,
14ifsomehow I might 22move to jealousy23my gfellowcountrymen and 24savesome of them.
For if their rejection is the 25reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but 26life from the dead ?
16If the 27firstpiece of dough is holy, the lump is also ; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.
But ifsome of the 28branches were brokenoff, and 29you, being a wildolive, were grafted in among them and becamepartaker with them of the hrichroot of the olivetree,
do not be arroganttoward the branches ; but if you are arrogant, remember that 30it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.
1931You will saythen, "Branches were brokenoffso that I might be grafted in."
20Quiteright, they were brokenoff for their unbelief, but you 32stand by your faith. 33Do not be conceited , but fear ;
for ifGod did not spare the naturalbranches, He will not spare you, either.
22Beholdthen the kindness and severity of God ; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God's34kindness, 35if you continue in His kindness ; otherwise you also36will be cutoff.
And they also, 37if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
For if you were cutoff from what is by nature a wildolivetree, and were graftedcontrary to nature into a cultivatedolivetree, howmuchmore will thesewho are the natural branches be grafted into their ownolivetree ?
For 38I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this39mystery-so that you will not be 40wise in your ownestimation -that a partial41hardening has happened to Israeluntil the 42fullness of the Gentiles has come in;
and soallIsrael will be saved ; just as it is written, "43THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION, HE WILL REMOVEUNGODLINESS FROM JACOB."
"44THIS IS iMY COVENANT WITH THEM, 45WHEN I TAKEAWAY THEIR SINS."
28jFrom the standpoint of the gospel they are 46enemies for your sake, but kfrom the standpoint of God's choice they are beloved for 47the sake of the fathers ;
for the gifts and the 48calling of God49are irrevocable.
For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shownmercy because of their disobedience,
31sothesealsonow have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shownmercy.
For 50God has shut up all in disobedienceso that He may showmercy to all.
33Oh, the depth of 51the richeslboth of the 52wisdom and knowledge of God ! 53Howunsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways !
For 54WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, ORWHOBECAME HIS COUNSELOR ?
35Or55WHO HAS FIRSTGIVEN TO HIM mTHAT IT MIGHT BE PAIDBACK TO HIM AGAIN ?
For 56from Him and through Him and to Him are allthings. 57To Him be the glorynforever. Amen.