Romans 11:13-23 NIV

13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles,1 I make much of my ministry

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14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy2 and save3 some of them.

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15 For if their rejection is the reconciliation4 of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?5

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16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits6 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,7 and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others8 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.9

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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.10 Do not be arrogant,11 but be afraid.12

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21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
22 Consider therefore the kindness13 and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue14 in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.15

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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.16

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