Romans 11:1-18 (New American Standard)

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Israel Is Not Cast Away

1 I say then, God has not 1rejected His people, has He? 2May it never be! For 3I too am an Israelite, aa descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God 4has not rejected His people whom He 5foreknew. 6Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel ? 3 "Lord, 7THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS, THEY HAVE TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY ARE SEEKING MY LIFE." 4 But what bis the divine response to him? "8I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL." 5 In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time 9a remnant according to God's cgracious choice. 6 But 10if it is by grace, it is no longer don the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace. 7 What then ? What 11Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but ethose who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were 12hardened ; 8 just as it is written, "13GOD GAVE THEM A SPIRIT OF STUPOR, EYES TO SEE NOT AND EARS TO HEAR NOT, DOWN TO THIS VERY DAY." 9 And David says, "14LET THEIR TABLE BECOME A SNARE AND A TRAP, AND A STUMBLING BLOCK AND A RETRIBUTION TO THEM. 10 "15LET THEIR EYES BE DARKENED TO SEE NOT, AND BEND THEIR BACKS FOREVER ." 11 16I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? 17May it never be! But by their transgression 18salvation has come to the Gentiles, to 19make them jealous. 12 Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their f20fulfillment be! 13 But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as 21I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if somehow I might 22move to jealousy 23my gfellow countrymen and 24save some of them. 15 For if their rejection is the 25reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but 26life from the dead ? 16 If the 27first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also ; and if the root is holy, the branches are too. 17 But if some of the 28branches were broken off, and 29you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the hrich root of the olive tree, 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches ; but if you are arrogant, remember that 30it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.
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