Israel was chosen (foreordained) according to the election of grace—But some harden their hearts against it—The Gentiles are adopted into the house of Israel—The gospel goes preferentially to the Gentiles until the fulness of the Gentiles.
1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? aGod forbid. For I also am an bIsraelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God hath not cast away his apeople which he bforeknew. cWot ye not what the scripture saith of dElias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,
3 Lord, they have akilled thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am bleft alone, and they seek my life.
4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have areserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the aelection of grace.
6 And if by agrace, then is it no more of bworks: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest awere blinded
8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of aslumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not bhear;) unto this day.
9 And David saith, Let their table be made a asnare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a brecompence unto them:
10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? aGod forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to bjealousy.
12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the adiminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
13 For I speak to you aGentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I bmagnify mine office:
14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
15 For if the casting away of them be the areconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the aroot be holy, so are the branches.
17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive atree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
18 aBoast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.
20 Well; because of aunbelief they were bbroken off, and thou standest by cfaith. Be not highminded, but dfear:
21 For if God spared not the anatural branches, take heed lest he also bspare not thee.
22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own aconceits; that bblindness in part is happened to Israel, until the cfulness of the dGentiles be come in.
26 And so all aIsrael shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of bSion the cDeliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27 For this is my acovenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
30 For as ye in times past ahave not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their bunbelief:
31 Even so have these also now not abelieved, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
32 For God hath aconcluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
33 O the depth of the ariches both of the bwisdom and cknowledge of God! how dunsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past efinding out!
34 For who hath known the amind of the Lord? or who hath been his bcounsellor?
35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
36 For of him, and athrough him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.