And now (kai ta nun). Accusative plural neuter article of general reference in contrast with men in verse Matthew 21 . Paul shows modesty (Bengel) in the mild contrast. No loss of life (apobolh psuch oudemia). Old word from apoballw, to throw away, only twice in N.T. Romans 11:15 (rejection) and here. He had foretold such loss of life as likely (verse Romans 10 ), but he now gives his reason for his changed view.