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.
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,
Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left
alone, and they seek my life.
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.
Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election
And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But
if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election
hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
(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.
And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock,
and a recompence unto them:
Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back
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
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?
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I
magnify mine office:
If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save
some of them.
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?
For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so
are the branches.
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
Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but
the root thee.
Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not
highminded, but fear:
For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not
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.
And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is
able to graff them in again.
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?
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.
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:
For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the
election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes.
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through
Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may
For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable
are his judgements, and his ways past finding out!
For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever.