Romans 11 TNIV

The Remnant of Israel

1 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means!1 I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham,2 from the tribe of Benjamin.3

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2 God did not reject his people,4 whom he foreknew.5 Don't you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah--how he appealed to God against Israel:

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      3 "Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me"a ?6

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        • a 11:3 - 1 Kings 19:10,14
          4 And what was God's answer to him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal."b7

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            • b 11:4 - 1 Kings 19:18
              5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant8 chosen by grace.9

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              6 And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works;10 if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

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              7 What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain.11 The elect among them did, but the others were hardened,12

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              8 as it is written: "God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear,13 to this very day."c14

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                • c 11:8 - Deut. 29:4; Isaiah 29:10
                  9 And David says: "May their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
                  10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,15 and their backs be bent forever."d16

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                    • d 11:10 - Psalm 69:22,23

                      Ingrafted Branches

                      11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all!17 Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles18 to make Israel envious.19

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                          12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles,20 how much greater riches will their fullness bring!

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                              13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles,21 I make much of my ministry

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                              14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy22 and save23 some of them.

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                              15 For if their rejection brought reconciliation24 to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?25

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                              16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits26 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,27 and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others28 and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,

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                              18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.29

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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.30 Do not be arrogant,31 but tremble.32

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                              21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
                              22 Consider therefore the kindness33 and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue34 in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.35

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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.36

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                              24 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,37 how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!

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                              All Israel Will Be Saved

                              25 I do not want you to be ignorant38 of this mystery,39 brothers and sisters, so that you may not think you are superior:40 Israel has experienced a hardening41 in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,42

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                              26 and in this waye all Israel will be saved.43 As it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.

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                              27 And this isf my covenant with them when I take away their sins."g44

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                                • f 11:27 - Or "will be"
                                • g 11:27 - Isaiah 59:20,21; 27:9 (see Septuagint); Jer. 31:33,34
                                  28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies45 for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs,46

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                                  29 for God's gifts and his call47 are irrevocable.48

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                                  30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient49 to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience,

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                                  31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may nowh receive mercy as a result of God's mercy to you.

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                                    • h 11:31 - Some manuscripts do not have "now."
                                      32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience50 so that he may have mercy on them all.

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                                      33 Oh, the depth of the riches51 of the wisdom andi knowledge of God!52 How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!53

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                                        • i 11:33 - Or "riches and the wisdom and the"
                                          34 "Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?"j54

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                                          35 "Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?"k55

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                                          36 For from him and through him and to him are all things.56 To him be the glory forever! Amen.57

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