Israel Not Rejected
1I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
2God has not rejected His people whom He knew beforehand. Or do you not know what the Scripture says about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?
3“Adonai, they have killed your prophets, they have destroyed your altars; I alone am left, and they are seeking my life.”
4But what is the divine response to him? “I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”
5So in the same way also at this present time there has come to be a remnant according to God’s gracious choice.
6But if it is by grace, it is no longer by works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
7What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained; but the elect obtained it, and the rest were hardened—
8just as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes not to see and ears not to hear, until this very day.”
9And David says, “Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
10Let their eyes be darkened so they do not see, and bend their back continually.”
11I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their false step salvation has come to the Gentiles, to provoke Israel to jealousy.
12Now if their transgression leads to riches for the world, and their loss riches for the Gentiles, then how much more their fullness!
13But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Insofar as I am an emissary to the Gentiles, I spotlight my ministry
14if somehow I might provoke to jealousy my own flesh and blood and save some of them.
15For if their rejection leads to the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
16If the firstfruit is holy, so is the whole batch of dough; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17But if some of the branches were broken off and you—being a wild olive—were grafted in among them and became a partaker of the root of the olive tree with its richness,
18do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, it is not you who support the root but the root supports you.
19You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”
20True enough. They were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but fear—
21for if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will He spare you.
22Notice then the kindness and severity of God: severity toward those who fell; but God’s kindness toward you, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you too will be cut off!
23And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in; for God is able to graft them in again.
24For if you were cut out of that which by nature is a wild olive tree, and grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?
The Mystery Revealed!
25For I do not want you, brothers and sisters, to be ignorant of this mystery—lest you be wise in your own eyes—that a partial hardening has come upon Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;
26and in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer shall come out of Zion. He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.
27And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”
28Concerning the Good News, they are hostile for your sake; but concerning chosenness, they are loved on account of the fathers—
29for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
30For just as you once were disobedient to God but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience,
31in like manner these also have now been disobedient with the result that, because of the mercy shown to you, they also may receive mercy.
32For God has shut up all in disobedience, so that He might show mercy to all.
33O the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how incomprehensible His ways!
34For “who has known the mind of Adonai, or who has been His counselor?”
35Or “who has first given to Him, that it shall be repaid to him?”
36For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.