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1 So I ask: Did God throw out his people? No! I myself am an Israelite from the family of Abraham, from 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 chose the Israelites to be his people before they were born, and he has not thrown his people out. Surely you know what the Scripture says about Elijah, how he prayed to God against the people of 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," he said, "they have killed your prophets, and they have destroyed your altars. I am the only prophet left, and now they are trying to kill me, too." 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 But what answer did God give Elijah? He said, "But I have left seven thousand people in Israel who have never bowed down before 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 now. There are a few people that God has chosen by his grace. 5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.
6 And if he chose them by grace, it is not for the things they have done. If they could be made God's people by what they did, God's gift of grace would not really be a gift. 6 And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
7 So this is what has happened: Although the Israelites tried to be right with God, they did not succeed, but the ones God chose did become right with him. The others were made stubborn and refused to listen to God. 7 What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did. The others were hardened,
8 As it is written in the Scriptures: "God gave the people a dull mind so they could not understand." "He closed their eyes so they could not see and their ears so they could not hear. This continues until today." 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: "Let their own feasts trap them and cause their ruin; let their feasts cause them to stumble and be paid back. 9 And David says: "May their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
10 Let their eyes be closed so they cannot see and their backs be forever weak from troubles." 10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever."
11 So I ask: When the Jews fell, did that fall destroy them? No! But their mistake brought salvation to those who are not Jews, in order to make the Jews jealous. 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 Jews' mistake brought rich blessings for the world, and the Jews' loss brought rich blessings for the non-Jewish people. So surely the world will receive much richer blessings when enough Jews become the kind of people God wants. 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 Now I am speaking to you who are not Jews. I am an apostle to those who are not Jews, and since I have that work, I will make the most of it. 13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry
14 I hope I can make my own people jealous and, in that way, help some of them to be saved. 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them.
15 When God turned away from the Jews, he became friends with other people in the world. So when God accepts the Jews, surely that will bring them life after death. 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 offered to God, then the whole loaf is made holy. If the roots of a tree are holy, then the tree's branches are holy too. 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 It is as if some of the branches from an olive tree have been broken off. You non-Jewish people are like the branch of a wild olive tree that has been joined to that first tree. You now share the strength and life of the first tree, 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 do not brag about those branches that were broken off. If you brag, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports 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 You will say, "Branches were broken off so that I could be joined to their tree." 19 You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in."
20 That is true. But those branches were broken off because they did not believe, and you continue to be part of the tree only because you believe. Do not be proud, but 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 If God did not let the natural branches of that tree stay, then he will not let you stay if you don't believe. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
22 So you see that God is kind and also very strict. He punishes those who stop following him. But God is kind to you, if you continue following in his kindness. If you do not, you will be cut off from the tree. 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 will believe in God again, he will accept them back. God is able to put them back where they were. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
24 It is not natural for a wild branch to be part of a good tree. And you who are not Jews are like a branch cut from a wild olive tree and joined to a good olive tree. But since those Jews are like a branch that grew from the good tree, surely they can be joined 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 I want you to understand this secret, brothers and sisters, so you will understand that you do not know everything: Part of Israel has been made stubborn, but that will change when many who are not Jews have come 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 that is how all Israel will be saved. It is written in the Scriptures: "The Savior will come from Jerusalem; he will take away all evil from the family 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 And I will make this agreement with those people when I take away their sins." 27 And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins."
28 The Jews refuse to accept the Good News, so they are God's enemies. This has happened to help you who are not Jews. But the Jews are still God's chosen people, and he loves them very much because of the promises he made to 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 God never changes his mind about the people he calls and the things he gives them. 29 for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable.
30 At one time you refused to obey God. But now you have received mercy, because those people refused to obey. 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience,
31 And now the Jews refuse to obey, because God showed mercy to you. But this happened so that they also can receive mercy from him. 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 God has given all people over to their stubborn ways so that he can show mercy to all. 32 For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.
33 Yes, God's riches are very great, and his wisdom and knowledge have no end! No one can explain the things God decides or 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 has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been able to give him advice?" 34 "Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?"
35 "No one has ever given God anything that he must pay back." 35 "Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?"
36 Yes, God made all things, and everything continues through him and for him. To him 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.