But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
What then? Israel failed to obtain what it sought. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened,
as it is written, "God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that should not see and ears that should not hear, down to this very day."
And David says, "Let their table become a snare and a trap, a pitfall and a retribution for them;
let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs for ever."
So I ask, have they stumbled so as to fall? By no means! But through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous.
Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!
Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry
in order to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them.
For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?
If the dough offered as first fruits is holy, so is the whole lump; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.