Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all!1 Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles2 to make Israel envious.3
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But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles,4 how much greater riches will their fullness bring!
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I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles,5 I make much of my ministry
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in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy6 and save7 some of them.
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For if their rejection is the reconciliation8 of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?9
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If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits10 is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.
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If some of the branches have been broken off,11 and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others12 and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,
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do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.13
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You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in."
Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith.14 Do not be arrogant,15 but be afraid.16
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For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
Consider therefore the kindness17 and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue18 in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.19
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And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.20
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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,21 how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!
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I do not want you to be ignorant22 of this mystery,23 brothers, so that you may not be conceited:24 Israel has experienced a hardening25 in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.26
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And so all Israel will be saved,27 as it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
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And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins."28
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As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies29 on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs,30
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for God's gifts and his call31 are irrevocable.32
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Just as you who were at one time disobedient33 to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience,
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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.
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