What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain,1 but the elect did. The others were hardened,2
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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,3 to this very day."4
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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,5 and their backs be bent forever."6
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Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all!7 Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles8 to make Israel envious.9
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But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles,10 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,11 I make much of my ministry
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in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy12 and save13 some of them.
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