God did not reject his people,1 whom he foreknew.2 Don't you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah--how he appealed to God against Israel:
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"Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me" ?3
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And what was God's answer to him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal."4
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So too, at the present time there is a remnant5 chosen by grace.6
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And if by grace, then it is no longer by works;7 if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
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What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain,8 but the elect did. The others were hardened,9
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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,10 to this very day."11
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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,12 and their backs be bent forever."13
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Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all!14 Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles15 to make Israel envious.16
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But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles,17 how much greater riches will their fullness bring!
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