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 ."