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1 I ask, then, has God rejected his people, the Jews? Of course not! Remember that I myself am a Jew, a descendant of Abraham and 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 No, God has not rejected his own people, whom he chose from the very beginning. Do you remember what the Scriptures say about this? Elijah the prophet complained to God about the people of Israel and said, 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 alone am 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 And do you remember God's reply? He said, "You are not the only one left. I have seven thousand others who have never bowed down to 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 today, for not all the Jews have turned away from God. A few are being saved as a result of God's kindness in choosing them. 5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.
6 And if they are saved by God's kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God's wonderful kindness would not be what it really is -- free and undeserved. 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 the situation: Most of the Jews have not found the favor of God they are looking for so earnestly. A few have -- the ones God has chosen -- but the rest were made unresponsive. 7 What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did. The others were hardened,
8 As the Scriptures say, "God has put them into a deep sleep. To this very day he has shut their eyes so they do not see, and closed their ears so they do not 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 David spoke of this same thing when he said, "Let their bountiful table become a snare, a trap that makes them think all is well. Let their blessings cause them to stumble. 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 go blind so they cannot see, and let their backs grow weaker and weaker." 10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever."
11 Did God's people stumble and fall beyond recovery? Of course not! His purpose was to make his salvation available to the Gentiles, and then the Jews would be jealous and want it for themselves. 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 Now if the Gentiles were enriched because the Jews turned down God's offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when the Jews finally accept it. 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 saying all of this especially for you Gentiles. God has appointed me as the apostle to the Gentiles. I lay great stress on this, 13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry
14 for I want to find a way to make the Jews want what you Gentiles have, and in that way I might 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 since the Jews' rejection meant that God offered salvation to the rest of the world, how much more wonderful their acceptance will be. It will be life for those who were dead! 15 For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
16 And since Abraham and the other patriarchs were holy, their children will also be holy. For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be, 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 But some of these branches from Abraham's tree, some of the Jews, have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, were grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in God's rich nourishment of his special olive tree. 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 But you must be careful not to brag about being grafted in to replace the branches that were broken off. Remember, you are just a branch, not the root. 18 do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.
19 "Well," you may say, "those 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 Yes, but remember -- those branches, the Jews, were broken off because they didn't believe God, and you are there because you do believe. Don't think highly of yourself, but fear what could happen. 20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid.
21 For if God did not spare the branches he put there in the first place, he won't spare you either. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
22 Notice how God is both kind and severe. He is severe to those who disobeyed, but kind to you as you continue to trust in his kindness. But if you stop trusting, 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 And if the Jews turn from their unbelief, God will graft them back into the tree again. He has the power to do it. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
24 For if God was willing to take you who were, by nature, branches from a wild olive tree and graft you into his own good tree -- a very unusual thing to do -- he will be far more eager to graft the Jews back into the tree where they belong. 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 mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud and start bragging. Some of the Jews have hard hearts, but this will last only until the complete number of Gentiles comes to Christ. 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. Do you remember what the prophets said about this? "A Deliverer will come from Jerusalem, and he will turn Israel from all ungodliness. 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 then I will keep my covenant with them and take away their sins." 27 And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins."
28 Many of the Jews are now enemies of the Good News. But this has been to your benefit, for God has given his gifts to you Gentiles. Yet the Jews are still his chosen people because of his promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 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's gifts and his call can never be withdrawn. 29 for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable.
30 Once, you Gentiles were rebels against God, but when the Jews refused his mercy, God was merciful to you instead. 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, in the same way, the Jews are the rebels, and God's mercy has come to you. But someday they, too, will share in 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 imprisoned all people in their own disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone. 32 For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.
33 Oh, what a wonderful God we have! How great are his riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his methods! 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 For who can know what the Lord is thinking? Who knows enough to be his counselor? 34 "Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?"
35 And who could ever give him so much that he would have to pay it back? 35 "Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?"
36 For everything comes from him; everything exists by his power and is intended for his glory. To him be glory evermore. Amen. 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.