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Romans 11

God hath not cast off all Israel.

Romans 11:1 I Demaund then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid: for I also am an Israelite, of the seede of Abraham, of the tribe of Beniamin. Romans 11:2 God hath not cast away his people which he knew before. Know ye not what the Scripture sayth of Elias, howe hee communeth with God against Israel, saying, Romans 11:3 Lord, they haue killed thy Prophets, and digged downe thine altars: and I am left alone, and they seeke my life? Romans 11:4 But what saith the answere of God to him? I haue reserued vnto my selfe seuen thousand men, which haue not bowed the knee to Baal. Romans 11:5 Euen so then at this present time is there a remnant according to the election of grace. Romans 11:6 And if it be of grace, it is no more of workes: or els were grace no more grace: but if it be of workes, it is no more grace: or els were worke no more worke.

Some were elected, though the rest were hardened.

Romans 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that he sought: but the election hath obteined it, and the rest haue bene hardened, Romans 11:8 According as it is written, God hath giuen them the spirit of slumber: eyes that they should not see, and eares that they should not heare vnto this day. Romans 11:9 And Dauid sayth, Let their table be made a snare, and a net, and a stumbling blocke, euen for a recompence vnto them. Romans 11:10 Let their eyes be darkened that they see not, and bowe downe their backe alwayes. Romans 11:11 I demaund then, Haue they stumbled, that they should fall? God forbid: but through their fall, saluation commeth vnto the Gentiles, to prouoke them to follow them. Romans 11:12 Wherefore if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles, how much more shall their aboundance be? Romans 11:13 For in that I speake to you Gentiles, in as much as I am the Apostle of ye Gentiles, I magnifie mine office, Romans 11:14 To trie if by any meanes I might prouoke them of my flesh to follow them, and might saue some of them. Romans 11:15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiuing be, but life from the dead?

There is hope of their conversion.

Romans 11:16 For if the first fruites be holy, so is the whole lumpe: and if the roote be holy, so are the branches. Romans 11:17 And though some of the branches be broken off, and thou being a wilde Oliue tree, wast graft in for them, and made partaker of the roote, and fatnesse of the Oliue tree.

The Gentiles may not insult upon them:

Romans 11:18 Boast not thy selfe against the branches: and if thou boast thy selfe, thou bearest not the roote, but the roote thee. Romans 11:19 Thou wilt say then, The branches are broken off, that I might be graft in. Romans 11:20 Well: through vnbeliefe they are broken off, and thou standest by faith: bee not hie minded, but feare. Romans 11:21 For if God spared not the naturall branches, take heede, least he also spare not thee. Romans 11:22 Beholde therefore the bountifulnesse, and seueritie of God: towarde them which haue fallen, seueritie: but toward thee, bountifulnesse, if thou continue in his bountifulnesse: or els thou shalt also be cut off. Romans 11:23 And they also, if they abide not still in vnbeliefe, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graffe them in againe. Romans 11:24 For if thou wast cut out of the Oliue tree, which was wilde by nature, & wast graffed contrary to nature in a right Oliue tree, how much more shall they that are by nature, bee graffed in their owne Oliue tree? Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this secret (least ye should bee arrogant in your selues) that partly obstinacie is come to Israel, vntill the fulnesse of the Gentiles be come in.

for there is a promise of their salvation.

Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shalbe saued, as it is written, The deliuerer shall come out of Sion, and shall turne away the vngodlinesse from Iacob. Romans 11:27 And this is my couenant to them, When I shall take away their sinnes. Romans 11:28 As concerning the Gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloued for the fathers sakes. Romans 11:29 For the giftes and calling of God are without repentance. Romans 11:30 For euen as yee in times past haue not beleeued God, yet haue nowe obteined mercie through their vnbeliefe: Romans 11:31 Euen so nowe haue they not beleeued by the mercie shewed vnto you, that they also may obtaine mercie. Romans 11:32 For God hath shut vp all in vnbeliefe, that he might haue mercie on all.

God's judgments are unsearchable.

Romans 11:33 O the deepenesse of the riches, both of the wisdome, and knowledge of God! howe vnsearcheable are his iudgements, and his wayes past finding out! Romans 11:34 For who hath knowen the minde of the Lord? or who was his counsellour? Romans 11:35 Or who hath giuen vnto him first, and he shalbe recompensed? Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and for him are all things: to him be glory for euer. Amen.

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