Romans 11:1-31 NIV

The Remnant of Israel

1 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means!1 I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham,2 from the tribe of Benjamin.3

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2 God did not reject his people,4 whom he foreknew.5 Don't you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah--how he appealed to God against Israel:

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      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"a ?6

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        • a 11:3 - 1 Kings 19:10,14
          4 And what was God's answer to him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal."b7

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            • b 11:4 - 1 Kings 19:18
              5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant8 chosen by grace.9

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              6 And if by grace, then it is no longer by works;10 if it were, grace would no longer be grace.c

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                • c 11:6 - Some manuscripts "be grace. But if by works, then it is no longer grace; if it were, work would no longer be work."
                  7 What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain,11 but the elect did. The others were hardened,12

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                      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,13 to this very day."d14

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                        • d 11:8 - Deut. 29:4; Isaiah 29:10
                          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 darkened so they cannot see,15 and their backs be bent forever."e16

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                            • e 11:10 - Psalm 69:22,23

                              Ingrafted Branches

                              11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all!17 Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles18 to make Israel envious.19

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                                  12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles,20 how much greater riches will their fullness bring!

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                                      13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles,21 I make much of my ministry

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                                      14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy22 and save23 some of them.

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                                      15 For if their rejection is the reconciliation24 of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?25

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                                      16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits26 is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.

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                                      17 If some of the branches have been broken off,27 and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others28 and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,

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                                      18 do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.29

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                                      19 You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in."
                                      20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith.30 Do not be arrogant,31 but be afraid.32

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                                      21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
                                      22 Consider therefore the kindness33 and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue34 in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.35

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                                      23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.36

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                                      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,37 how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!

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                                      All Israel Will Be Saved

                                      25 I do not want you to be ignorant38 of this mystery,39 brothers, so that you may not be conceited:40 Israel has experienced a hardening41 in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.42

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                                      26 And so all Israel will be saved,43 as it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.

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                                      27 And this isf my covenant with them when I take away their sins."g44

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                                        • f 11:27 - Or "will be"
                                        • g 11:27 - Isaiah 59:20,21; 27:9; Jer. 31:33,34
                                          28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies45 on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs,46

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                                          29 for God's gifts and his call47 are irrevocable.48

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                                          30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient49 to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience,

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                                          31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may nowh receive mercy as a result of God's mercy to you.

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                                            • h 11:31 - Some manuscripts do not have "now."