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.32
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:
"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 ?64
And what was God's answer to him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal."b75
So too, at the present time there is a remnant8 chosen by grace.96
And if by grace, then it is no longer by works;10 if it were, grace would no longer be grace.c7
What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain,11 but the elect did. The others were hardened,128
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."d149
And David says: "May their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,15 and their backs be bent forever."e16
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.1912
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!