MNT(i) 1 Then I ask, Did God cast off his people? No indeed. For I also am an Israelite, a son of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God did not cast off his people whom he foreknew. For do you not know what is said in the Scripture about Elijah? how he pleaded with God against Israel, saying, 3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, they have overthrown thine altars; And now I alone am left, and they seek my life. 4 But what was the answer of God to him? I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal. 5 In the same way also at this time there is a remnant chosen by gift of grace. 6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer of works; or else grace is no more grace. 7 What then? that which Israel has been seeking for, that he has not obtained; but the chosen have obtained it, and the rest have been hardened. 8 According as it is written, God has given them a spirit of slumber, Eyes that they should not see, Ears that they should not hear, unto this day. 9 As David says. Let their table be made a snare and a trap, And a stumbling-block and a recompense unto them; 10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, And bow thou down their backs forever. 11 I ask then, "Have they stumbled so as to fall?" No indeed; but by their lapse salvation has come unto Gentiles, "to provoke Israel to jealousy." 12 Now if their stumbling enriches the world, and their loss enriches the Gentiles, how much more must their fulness do! 13 For to you who are Gentiles I say that since I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I glorify my ministry, 14 if by any means I might "provoke to jealousy" my kinsmen, and save some among them. 15 For if their casting out is the reconciliation of the world to God, what will their restoration be but life out of death? 16 Now if the first-fruits of the dough Abraham and the Patriarchs are holy, so also is the whole mass their descendants. And if the root of a tree Abraham is holy, so also are the branches his descendants. 17 Supposing that some of the branches have been broken off, and you, although you were but a wild olive, have been grafted in among the branches and have become a partaker with them of the fatness of the olive tree, do not glory over the branches; 18 or if you are glorying, remember that it is not you who uphold the root, but the root which upholds you. 19 "Branches have been broken off," you say, "that I might be grafted in." 20 True, through their unbelief they were broken off, and by your faith you stand. Do not be puffed up, but fear; 21 for if God spared not the natural branches, neither will he spare you. 22 Fix your gaze, therefore, on the goodness and the severity of God; towards those who fell, severity, but towards you, God's goodness, if you continue stedfast in his goodness; otherwise you, too, will be cut off. 23 And they also those Jews, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in again; for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut out of that which is by nature a mere wild olive tree, and have been grafted, contrary to nature, into a fruitful olive tree, how much more shall these, the natural branches, be regrafted into their own olive tree? 25 For I would not, my brothers, have you ignorant of this hidden truth, for fear that you become wise in your own conceits. that a hardening in part has befallen Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles is come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written. The deliver will come from Zion, He will banish all ungodliness from Jacob; 27 This is my covenant with them, When I shall take away their sins. 28 In relation to the gospel, the Jews are God's enemies for your sake; but in relation to the election, they are dearly loved for their forefather's sake. 29 For no change of purpose can annul God's free gift and call. 30 And as in times past you were yourselves disobedient to God, but now, thanks to their disobedience, have obtained mercy; 31 even so they also have now been disobedient, that by the mercy shown to you they also may now obtain mercy. 32 For God has locked up all in the prison of disobedience, that upon all he may have mercy. 33 Oh, the depths of the riches, both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unfathomable are his judgments, and how unsearchable his paths! 34 Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counsellor? 35 Who has first given to Him, So as to receive payment in return? 36 For of him and through him, and for him, are all things. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.