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.