do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.119
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.2 Do not be arrogant,3 but be afraid.421
For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
Consider therefore the kindness5 and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue6 in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.723
And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.824
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,9 how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!
I do not want you to be ignorant10 of this mystery,11 brothers, so that you may not be conceited:12 Israel has experienced a hardening13 in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.1426
And so all Israel will be saved,15 as it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
And this isa my covenant with them when I take away their sins."b1628
As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies17 on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs,18