NASB — Romans 11 — KJV

Israel Is Not Cast Away

1 I say then, God has not arejected His people, has He? bMay it never be! For cI too am an Israelite, Ia descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God ahas not rejected His people whom He bforeknew. cOr do you not know what the Scripture says in [the passage about] Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? 3 “Lord, aTHEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS, THEY HAVE TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY ARE SEEKING MY LIFE.” 4 But what Iis the divine response to him? “aI HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL.” 5 In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time aa remnant according to [God’s] Igracious choice. 6 But aif it is by grace, it is no longer Ion the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

[1] ILit of the seed of Abraham a1S 12:22; Jr 31:37; 33:24-26 bLk 20:16 c2Co 11:22; Php 3:5
[2] aPs 94:14 bRo 8:29 cRo 6:16
[3] a1K 19:10, 14
[4] ILit says a1K 19:18
[5] ILit choice of grace a2K 19:4; Ro 9:27
[6] ILit out of aRo 4:4

7 ¶ What then? What aIsrael is seeking, it has not obtained, but Ithose who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were bhardened; 8 just as it is written,
  “aGOD GAVE THEM A SPIRIT OF STUPOR,
  EYES TO SEE NOT AND EARS TO HEAR NOT,
  DOWN TO THIS VERY DAY.”
9 And David says,
  “aLET THEIR TABLE BECOME A SNARE AND A TRAP,
  AND A STUMBLING BLOCK AND A RETRIBUTION TO THEM.
  10aLET THEIR EYES BE DARKENED TO SEE NOT,
  AND BEND THEIR BACKS FOREVER.”

[7] ILit the election aRo 9:31 bMk 6:52; Ro 9:18; 11:25; 2Co 3:14
[8] aDt 29:4; Is 29:10; Mt 13:13f
[9] aPs 69:22
[10] aPs 69:23

11aI say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? bMay it never be! But by their transgression csalvation [has come] to the Gentiles, to dmake them jealous. 12 Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their Iafulfillment be! 13 But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as aI am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if somehow I might amove to jealousy bmy Ifellow countrymen and csave some of them. 15 For if their rejection is the areconciliation of the world, what will [their] acceptance be but blife from the dead? 16 If the afirst piece [of dough] is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.

[11] aRo 11:1 bLk 20:16 cAc 28:28 dRo 11:14
[12] IOr fullness aRo 11:25
[13] aAc 9:15
[14] ILit flesh aRo 11:11 bGn 29:14; 2S 19:12f; Ro 9:3 c1Co 1:21; 7:16; 9:22; 1Ti 1:15; 2:4; 2Ti 1:9; Tit 3:5
[15] aRo 5:11 bLk 15:24, 32
[16] aNu 15:18ff; Ne 10:37; Ezk 44:30

17 ¶ But if some of the abranches were broken off, and byou, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the Irich root of the olive tree, 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, [remember that] ait is not you who supports the root, but the root [supports] you. 19 aYou will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20 Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you astand by your faith. bDo not be conceited, but fear; 21 for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either. 22 Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s akindness, bif you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also cwill be cut off. 23 And they also, aif they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural [branches] be grafted into their own olive tree?

[17] ILit root of the fatness aJr 11:16; Jn 15:2 bEp 2:11ff
[18] aJn 4:22
[19] aRo 9:19
[20] aRo 5:2; 1Co 10:12; 2Co 1:24 bRo 12:16; 1Ti 6:17; 1P 1:17
[22] aRo 2:4 b1Co 15:2; He 3:6, 14 cJn 15:2
[23] a2Co 3:16

25 ¶ For aI do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this bmystery—so that you will not be cwise in your own estimation—that a partial dhardening has happened to Israel until the efullness of the Gentiles has come in; 26 and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,
  “aTHE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION,
  HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB.”
  27aTHIS IS IMY COVENANT WITH THEM,
  bWHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS.”
28 IFrom the standpoint of the gospel they are aenemies for your sake, but IIfrom the standpoint of [God’s] choice they are beloved for bthe sake of the fathers; 29 for the gifts and the acalling of God bare irrevocable. 30 For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. 32 For aGod has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.

[25] aRo 1:13 bMt 13:11; Ro 16:25; 1Co 2:7-10; Ep 3:3-5, 9 cRo 12:16 dRo 11:7 eLk 21:24; Jn 10:16; Ro 11:12
[26] aIs 59:20
[27] ILit the covenant from Me aIs 59:21; Jr 31:33, 34; He 8:10 bIs 27:9; He 8:12
[28] ILit According to the gospel IILit according to the election aRo 5:10 bDt 7:8; 10:15; Ro 9:5
[29] aRo 8:28; 1Co 1:26; Ep 1:18; 4:1, 4; Php 3:14; 2Th 1:11; 2Ti 1:9; He 3:1; 2P 1:10 bHe 7:21
[32] aRo 3:9; Ga 3:22f

33 ¶ Oh, the depth of athe riches Iboth of the bwisdom and knowledge of God! cHow unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For aWHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? 35 Or aWHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM ITHAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? 36 For afrom Him and through Him and to Him are all things. bTo Him [be] the glory Iforever. Amen.

[33] IOr and the wisdom aRo 2:4; Ep 3:8 bEp 3:10; Col 2:3 cJb 5:9; 11:7; 15:8
[34] aIs 40:13f; 1Co 2:16
[35] ILit and it will be paid back aJb 35:7; 41:11
[36] ILit to the ages a1Co 8:6; 11:12; Col 1:16; He 2:10 bRo 16:27; Ep 3:21; Php 4:20; 1Ti 1:17; 2Ti 4:18; 1P 4:11; 5:11; 2P 3:18; Jde 25; Rv 1:6; 5:13; 7:12


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God hath not cast off all Israel.

1 ¶ I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, [of] the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, 3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved 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 election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then [is it] no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if [it be] of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

[1] 1S 12:22; 2K 23:27; Ps 77:7; 89:31; 94:14; Jr 31:36; 33:24; Ho 9:17; Am 9:8; Ac 22:3; 26:4; Ro 3:4; 9:3; 2Co 11:22; Php 3:5.
[2] Gn 44:15; Ex 32:1; Nu 16:15; Ne 9:30; Jr 18:19; Lk 4:1; Jn 4:1, 11; Ac 3:17; 7:40; 13:48; 15:18; Ro 8:29; 9:6, 23; 1Co 6:2; 15:15; Php 1:22; He 1:1; 1P 1:2.
[3] 1K 18:4, 13, 30; 19:10; Ne 9:26; Jr 2:30.
[4] Nu 25:3; Dt 4:3; Jg 2:13; 1K 16:31; 19:18; 2K 10:19; Jr 19:5; Ho 2:8; 13:1; Zp 1:4.
[5] Ro 9:11, 27; 11:6, 28; Ep 1:5.
[6] Dt 9:4; Ro 3:27; 4:4; 5:20; 1Co 15:10; Ga 2:21; 5:4; Ep 2:4; 2Ti 1:9; Tit 3:5.

Some were elected, though the rest were hardened.

7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded 8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. 9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence 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? God forbid: but [rather] through their fall salvation [is come] unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. 12 Now if the fall of them [be] the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? 13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify 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 reconciling of the world, what [shall] the receiving [of them be], but life from the dead?

[7] Pv 1:28; Is 6:10; 44:18; Mt 13:14; Lk 13:24; Jn 12:40; Ro 3:9; 6:15; 8:28; 9:18, 23, 31; 10:3; 11:5; 1Co 10:19; 2Co 3:14; 4:4; Ep 1:4; Php 1:18; 2Th 2:10, 13; He 12:17; 1P 1:2.
[8] Dt 29:4; 2K 17:34, 41; Is 6:9; 29:10; Jr 5:21; Ezk 12:2; Mk 4:11; Lk 8:10; Ac 28:26; 2Co 3:14.
[9] Dt 6:10; 32:13, 35; 1S 25:36; Jb 20:20; Ps 28:4; 69:22; Pv 1:32; Is 8:13; 59:18; 66:9; Lk 12:20; 16:19; 1Ti 6:17; He 2:2.
[10] Dt 28:64; Ps 69:23; Is 51:23; 65:12; Zc 11:17; Ro 1:21; 11:8; Ep 4:18; 2P 2:4, 17; Jde 1:6, 13.
[11] Ezk 18:23, 32; 33:11; Ac 13:42, 46; 18:6; 22:18; 28:24; Ro 10:19; 11:12, 14, 31.
[12] Is 11:11; 12:1; 60:1; 66:8; Mi 4:1; 5:7; Zc 2:11; 8:20; Ro 9:23; 11:15, 25, 33; Ep 3:8; Col 1:27; Rv 11:15.
[13] Ac 9:15; 13:2; 22:21; 26:17; Ro 15:16; Ga 1:16; 2:2, 7; Ep 3:8; 1Ti 2:7; 2Ti 1:11.
[14] Ro 9:3; 11:11; 1Co 7:16; 9:20; 1Ti 4:16; 2Ti 2:10; Phm 1:12; Jm 5:20.
[15] Ezk 37:1; Dn 9:24; Ro 5:10; 11:1, 11; 2Co 5:18; Ep 1:10; Col 1:20; Rv 11:11; 20:4.

There is hope of their conversion.

16 For if the firstfruit [be] holy, the lump [is] also [holy]: and if the root [be] holy, so [are] the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

[16] Gn 17:7; Ex 22:29; 23:16, 19; Lv 23:10; Nu 15:17; Dt 18:4; 26:10; Ne 10:35; Pv 3:9; Jr 2:21; Ezk 44:30; Ro 11:17; 1Co 7:14; Jm 1:18; Rv 14:4.
[17] Dt 8:8; Jg 9:8; Ps 52:8; 80:11; Is 6:13; 27:11; Jr 11:16; Ezk 15:6; Jna 1:16; Zc 4:3; Mt 8:11; 21:43; Jn 15:6; Ac 2:39; Ga 2:15; Ep 2:11; 3:6; Col 2:13; Rv 11:4.

The Gentiles may not insult upon them:

18 Boast 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 graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, [take heed] lest he also spare 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 graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. 24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural [branches], be graffed 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 conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

[18] 1K 20:11; Pv 16:18; Zc 8:20; Mt 26:33; Lk 18:9; Jn 10:16; Ro 3:27; 4:16; 11:20; 1Co 10:12; Ga 3:29; Ep 2:19.
[19] Ro 11:11, 17, 23.
[20] 2Ch 20:20; Ps 138:6; Pv 28:14, 26; Is 2:11, 17; 7:9; 66:2; Hab 2:4; Zp 3:11; Lk 18:14; Jn 4:17; Ac 13:46; 18:6; Ro 3:3; 5:1; 11:18; 12:16; 1Co 10:12; 16:13; 2Co 1:24; 10:5; Php 2:12; Col 2:7; 2Th 2:4; 2Ti 3:3; He 3:12, 19; 4:1, 6, 11; Jm 2:19; 4:6; 1P 1:17; 5:5, 9, 12; Rv 3:17; 18:7.
[21] Jr 25:29; 49:12; Ro 8:32; 11:17, 19; 1Co 10:1; 2P 2:4; Jde 1:5.
[22] Nu 14:18; Dt 32:39; Jsh 23:15; Ps 58:10; 78:49; 136:15; Is 66:14; Ezk 3:20; 18:24; 33:17; Mt 3:9; Lk 8:15; Jn 8:31; 15:2, 4; Ac 11:23; 14:22; Ro 2:4, 7; 9:22; 1Co 15:2; Ga 6:9; 1Th 3:5, 8; He 3:6, 14; 10:23, 35; 1Jn 2:19; Jde 1:20; Rv 2:5.
[23] Zc 12:10; Mt 23:39; 2Co 3:16.
[24] Ro 11:17, 30.
[25] Ps 22:27; 72:8, 17; 107:43; 127:1; Pv 3:5; 26:12, 16; Is 2:1; 5:21; 60:1; 66:18; Ho 14:9; Mi 4:1; Zc 8:20; 14:9; Lk 21:24; Ro 11:7; 12:16; 16:25; 1Co 10:1; 12:1; 2Co 3:14; Ep 3:3, 9; 2P 3:8; Rv 7:9; 10:7; 11:15; 20:2.

for there is a promise of their salvation.

26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this [is] my covenant 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 have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

[26] Ps 14:7; 106:47; Is 11:11; 45:17; 54:6; 59:20; Jr 3:17; 30:17; 31:31; 32:37; 33:24; Ezk 34:22; 37:21; 39:25; 40:1; Ho 3:5; Jol 3:16; Am 9:14; Mi 7:15; Zp 3:12; Zc 10:6; Mt 1:21; Ac 3:26; Tit 2:14.
[27] Is 27:9; 43:25; 55:3; 59:21; Jr 31:31; 32:38; 50:20; Ezk 36:25; Ho 14:2; Jn 1:29; He 8:8; 10:16.
[28] Gn 26:4; 28:14; Lv 26:40; Dt 4:31; 7:7; 8:18; 9:5; 10:15; Ps 105:8; Is 41:8; Jr 31:3; Mi 7:20; Mt 21:43; Lk 1:54, 68; Ac 13:45; 14:2; 18:6; Ro 11:7, 11, 30; 1Th 2:15.
[29] Nu 23:19; Ho 13:14; Mal 3:6.
[30] Ro 11:11, 31; 1Co 6:9; 7:25; 2Co 4:1; Ep 2:1, 12, 19; Col 3:7; 1Ti 1:18; Tit 3:3; 1P 2:10.
[31] Ro 10:16; 11:15, 25.
[32] Jn 1:7; 12:32; Ro 3:9, 22; Ga 3:22; 1Ti 2:4.

God's judgments are unsearchable.

33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? 35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, [are] all things: to whom [be] glory for ever. Amen.

[33] Jb 5:9; 9:10; 11:7; 26:14; 33:13; 37:19, 23; Ps 36:6; 40:5; 77:19; 92:5; 97:2; 107:8; Pv 25:3; Ec 3:11; Dn 4:35; Ro 2:4; 9:23; Ep 1:7; 2:7; 3:8, 10, 16, 18; Col 1:27; 2:2.
[34] Jb 15:8; 36:22; Is 40:13; Jr 23:18; 1Co 2:16.
[35] Jb 35:7; 41:11; Mt 20:15; 1Co 4:7.
[36] 1Ch 29:11; Ps 29:1; 33:6; 96:7; 115:1; Pv 16:4; Is 42:12; Dn 2:20; 4:3, 34; Mt 6:13; Lk 2:14; 19:38; Ac 17:25, 28; Ro 16:27; 1Co 8:6; Ga 1:5; Ep 3:21; 4:6; Php 4:20; Col 1:15; 1Ti 1:17; 6:16; 2Ti 4:18; He 13:21; 1P 5:11; 2P 3:18; Jde 1:25; Rv 1:5; 4:10; 5:12; 7:10; 19:1, 6; 21:6.


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