AUV(i) 2 God did not reject His people whom He knew previously. Or, do you not know what the Scriptures say in the passage where Elijah pleads with God against Israel? 3 [I Kings 19:10], “Lord, they [i.e., the Israelites] have killed your prophets and have destroyed your altars; I am the only one left and they are trying to kill me, too.” 4 But how did God answer him? [I Kings 19:18 says], “I [i.e., God] have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed their knee [in worship] to Baal [Note: “Baal” was a term used for one of the idols worshiped in Elijah’s day by Canaanites and others in Palestine]. 5 So, now also, there is a small minority which has been selected by God’s unearned favor [i.e., to be saved]. 6 And if [they were selected] by God’s unearned favor, [then] the choice is not based on the good that people may do. Otherwise, God’s favor would not be [really] unearned.