Romans, Chapter 11

11:1 I say then, Did God cast off his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
11:2 God did not cast off his people which he foreknew. Or don't you+ know what the Scripture says of Elijah? How he pleads with God against Israel:
11:3 Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have dug down your altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my soul.
11:4 But what does the answer of God say to him? I have left for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal.
11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
11:6 But if it is by grace, it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace.
11:7 What then? That which Israel seeks for, that he did not obtain; but the election obtained it, and the rest were hardened:
11:8 according to as it is written, God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear, to this very day.
11:9 And David says, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, And a stumbling block, and a recompense to them:
11:10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, And bow down their back always.
11:11 I say then, Did they stumble that they might fall? God forbid: but by their fall salvation [has come] to the Gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy.
11:12 Now if their fall is the riches of the world, and their loss the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness.
11:13 But I speak to you+ who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I glorify my service;
11:14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy [those who are] my flesh, and may save some of them.
11:15 For if the casting away of them [is] the reconciling of the world, what [will] the receiving [of them be], but life from the dead?
11:16 And if the first fruit is holy, so is the lump: and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
11:17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them, and became copartners with them of the root of the fatness of the olive tree;
11:18 do not glory over the branches: but if you glory, it is not you that bear the root, but the root you.
11:19 You will say then, Branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.
11:20 Very well; by their unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by your faith. Don't be highminded, but fear:
11:21 for if God didn't spare the natural branches, lest neither will he spare you.
11:22 See then the goodness and severity of God: toward those who fell, severity; but toward you, God's goodness, if you continue in his goodness: otherwise you also will be cut off.
11:23 And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
11:24 For if you were cut out of that which is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree; how much more will these, which are the natural [branches], be grafted into their own olive tree.
11:25 For I would not, brothers, have you+ ignorant of this mystery, lest you+ be wise in your+ own conceits, that a hardening in part has befallen Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;
11:26 and so all Israel will be saved: even as it is written, There will come out of Zion the Deliverer; He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
11:27 And this is my covenant to them, When I will take away their sins.
11:28 As concerning the good news, they are enemies for your+ sake: but as concerning the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sake.
11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are not repented of.
11:30 For as you+ in time past were disobedient to God, but now have obtained mercy by their disobedience,
11:31 even so have these also now been disobedient, that by the mercy shown to you+ they also may now obtain mercy.
11:32 For God has shut up all to disobedience, that he might have mercy on all.
11:33 Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past tracing out!
11:34 For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?
11:35 Or who has first given to him, and it will be recompensed to him again?
11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things. To him [be] the glory forever. Amen.

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