Romans 11 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So here is what I ask. Did God turn his back on his people? Not at all! I myself belong to Israel. I am one of Abraham's children. I am 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 didn't turn his back on his people. After all, he chose them. Don't you know what Scripture says about Elijah? He complained to God about 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 He said, "Lord, they have killed your prophets. They have torn down your altars. I'm the only one left. And they are trying to kill me."#1(1 Kings 19:10,14)#2 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 How did God answer him? God said, "I have kept 7,000 people for myself. They have not bowed down to Baal."#1(1 Kings 19:18)#2 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 Some are also faithful today. They have been chosen by God's grace. 5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.
6 And if they are chosen by grace, it is no longer a matter of working for it. If it were, grace wouldn't be grace anymore. 6 And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
7 What should we say then? Israel did not receive what they wanted so badly. But those who were chosen did. God made the rest of them stubborn. 7 What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did. The others were hardened,
8 It is written, "God made it hard for them to understand. He gave them eyes that could not see. He gave them ears that could not hear. And they are still like that today." #1(Deuteronomy 29:4; Isaiah 29:10)#2 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 David says, "Let their feast be a trap and a snare. Let it make Israel trip and fall. Let Israel get what's coming to them. 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 grow dark so they can't see. Let their backs be bent forever." #1(Psalm 69:22,23)#2 10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever."
11 Again, here is what I ask. They didn't trip and fall once and for all time, did they? Not at all! Because Israel sinned, those who aren't Jews can be saved. That will make Israel 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 Israel's sin brought riches to the world. Their loss brought riches to the non-Jews. What greater riches will come when all Israel turns to God! 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 talking to you who are not Jews. I am the apostle to the non-Jews. So I think the work I do for God and others is very important. 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 somehow to stir up my own people to want what you have. Perhaps I can save some of them. 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them.
15 When they were not accepted, it became possible for the whole world to be brought back to God. So what will happen when they are accepted? It will be like life from the dead. 15 For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
16 The first handful of dough that is offered is holy. This makes all of the dough holy. If the root is holy, so are the branches. 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 natural branches have been broken off. You are a wild olive branch. But you have been joined to the tree with the other branches. Now you enjoy the life-giving sap of the olive tree root. 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 don't think you are better than the other branches. Remember, you don't give life to the root. The root gives life to 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, "Some branches were broken off so that I could be joined to the tree." 19 You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in."
20 That's true. But they were broken off because they didn't believe. You stand only because you do believe. So don't be proud. 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 didn't spare the natural branches. He won't spare you either. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
22 Think about how kind God is! Also think about how firm he is! He was hard on those who stopped following him. But he is kind to you. So you must continue to live in his kindness. If you don't, you also will be cut 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 If the people of Israel do not continue in their unbelief, they will again be joined to the tree. God is able to join them to the tree again. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
24 After all, weren't you cut from a wild olive tree? Weren't you joined to an olive tree that was taken care of? And wasn't that the opposite of how things should be done? How much more easily will the natural branches be joined to their own olive tree! 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 Brothers and sisters, here is a mystery I want you to understand. It will keep you from being proud. Part of Israel has refused to obey God. That will continue until the full number of non-Jews has entered God's kingdom. 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 so all Israel will be saved. It is written, "The One who saves will come from Mount Zion. He will remove sin from 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 Here is my covenant with them. I will take away their sins." #1(Isaiah 59:20,21; 27:9; Jeremiah 31:33,34)#2 27 And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins."
28 As far as the good news is concerned, the people of Israel are enemies. That is for your good. But as far as God's choice is concerned, the people of Israel are loved. That is because of God's promises to the founders of our nation. 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 does not take back his gifts. He does not change his mind about those he has chosen. 29 for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable.
30 At one time you did not obey God. But now you have received mercy because Israel did not obey. 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, Israel has not been obeying God. But now they receive mercy because of God's mercy to you. 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 found everyone guilty of not obeying him. So now he can have mercy on everyone. 32 For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.
33 How very rich are God's wisdom and knowledge! How he judges is more than we can understand! The way he deals with people is more than we can know! 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 "Who can ever know what is in the Lord's mind? Or who can ever give him advice?" #1(Isaiah 40:13)#2 34 "Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?"
35 "Has anyone ever given anything to God, so that God has to pay him back?" #1(Job 41:11)#2 35 "Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?"
36 All things come from him. All things are directed by him. All things are for his good. May God be given the glory forever! Amen. 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.