Romans 11 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I ask, then: Did God reject his own people? Certainly not! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 1 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God has not rejected his people, whom he chose from the beginning. You know what the scripture says in the passage where Elijah pleads with God against Israel: 2 God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don't you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah--how he appealed to God against Israel:
3 "Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me." 3 "Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me" ?
4 What answer did God give him? "I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not worshiped the false god Baal." 4 And what was God's answer to him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal."
5 It is the same way now: there is a small number left of those whom God has chosen because of his grace. 5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.
6 His choice is based on his grace, not on what they have done. For if God's choice were based on what people do, then his grace would not be real grace. 6 And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
7 What then? The people of Israel did not find what they were looking for. It was only the small group that God chose who found it; the rest grew deaf to God's call. 7 What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did. The others were hardened,
8 As the scripture says, "God made their minds and hearts dull; to this very day they cannot see or hear." 8 as it is written: "God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes so that they could not see and ears so that they could not hear, to this very day."
9 And David says, "May they be caught and trapped at their feasts; may they fall, may they be punished! 9 And David says: "May their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
10 May their eyes be blinded so that they cannot see; and make them bend under their troubles at all times." 10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever."
11 I ask, then: When the Jews stumbled, did they fall to their ruin? By no means! Because they sinned, salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make the Jews jealous of them. 11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious.
12 The sin of the Jews brought rich blessings to the world, and their spiritual poverty brought rich blessings to the Gentiles. Then, how much greater the blessings will be when the complete number of Jews is included! 12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring!
13 I am speaking now to you Gentiles: As long as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I will take pride in my work. 13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry
14 Perhaps I can make the people of my own race jealous, and so be able to save some of them. 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them.
15 For when they were rejected, all other people were changed from God's enemies into his friends. What will it be, then, when they are accepted? It will be life for the dead! 15 For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
16 If the first piece of bread is given to God, then the whole loaf is his also; and if the roots of a tree are offered to God, the branches are his also. 16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17 Some of the branches of the cultivated olive tree have been broken off, and a branch of a wild olive tree has been joined to it. You Gentiles are like that wild olive tree, and now you share the strong spiritual life of the Jews. 17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,
18 So then, you must not despise those who were broken off like branches. How can you be proud? You are just a branch; you don't support the roots - the roots support you. 18 do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.
19 But you will say, "Yes, but the branches were broken off to make room for me." 19 You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in."
20 That is true. They were broken off because they did not believe, while you remain in place because you do believe. But do not be proud of it; instead, be afraid. 20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid.
21 God did not spare the Jews, who are like natural branches; do you think he will spare you? 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
22 Here we see how kind and how severe God is. He is severe toward those who have fallen, but kind to you - if you continue in his kindness. But if you do not, you too will be broken off. 22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.
23 And if the Jews abandon their unbelief, they will be put back in the place where they were; for God is able to do that. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
24 You Gentiles are like the branch of a wild olive tree that is broken off and then, contrary to nature, is joined to a cultivated olive tree. The Jews are like this cultivated tree; and it will be much easier for God to join these broken-off branches to their own tree again. 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!
25 There is a secret truth, my friends, which I want you to know, for it will keep you from thinking how wise you are. It is that the stubbornness of the people of Israel is not permanent, but will last only until the complete number of Gentiles comes to God. 25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.
26 And this is how all Israel will be saved. As the scripture says, "The Savior will come from Zion and remove all wickedness from the descendants of Jacob. 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27 I will make this covenant with them when I take away their sins." 27 And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins."
28 Because they reject the Good News, the Jews are God's enemies for the sake of you Gentiles. But because of God's choice, they are his friends because of their ancestors. 28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs,
29 For God does not change his mind about whom he chooses and blesses. 29 for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable.
30 As for you Gentiles, you disobeyed God in the past; but now you have received God's mercy because the Jews were disobedient. 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience,
31 In the same way, because of the mercy that you have received, the Jews now disobey God, in order that they also may now receive God's mercy. 31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God's mercy to you.
32 For God has made all people prisoners of disobedience, so that he might show mercy to them all. 32 For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.
33 How great are God's riches! How deep are his wisdom and knowledge! Who can explain his decisions? Who can understand his ways? 33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
34 As the scripture says, "Who knows the mind of the Lord? Who is able to give him advice? 34 "Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?"
35 Who has ever given him anything, so that he had to pay it back?" 35 "Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?"
36 For all things were created by him, and all things exist through him and for him. To God be the glory forever! Amen. 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.