God hath not cast off all Israel.
Romans 11:1 I say, then, Did God cast away His people? let it not be! for I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin: Romans 11:2 God did not cast away His people whom He knew before; have ye not knownin Elijahwhat the Writing saith? how he doth plead with God concerning Israel, saying, Romans 11:3 'Lord, Thy prophets they did kill, and Thy altars they dug down, and I was left alone, and they seek my life;' Romans 11:4 but what saith the divine answer to him? 'I left to Myself seven thousand men, who did not bow a knee to Baal.' Romans 11:5 So then also in the present time a remnant according to the choice of grace there hath been; Romans 11:6 and if by grace, no more of works, otherwise the grace becometh no more grace; and if of works, it is no more grace, otherwise the work is no more work.
Some were elected, though the rest were hardened.
Romans 11:7 What then? What Israel doth seek after, this it did not obtain, and the chosen did obtain, and the rest were hardened, Romans 11:8 according as it hath been written, 'God gave to them a spirit of deep sleep, eyes not to see, and ears not to hear,'unto this very day, Romans 11:9 and David saith, 'Let their table become for a snare, and for a trap, and for a stumbling-block, and for a recompense to them; Romans 11:10 let their eyes be darkenednot to behold, and their back do Thou always bow down.' Romans 11:11 I say, then, Did they stumble that they might fall? let it not be! but by their fall the salvation [is] to the nations, to arouse them to jealousy; Romans 11:12 and if the fall of them [is] the riches of a world, and the diminution of them the riches of nations, how much more the fulness of them? Romans 11:13 For to you I speakto the nationsinasmuch as I am indeed an apostle of nations, my ministration I do glorify; Romans 11:14 if by any means I shall arouse to jealousy mine own flesh, and shall save some of them, Romans 11:15 for if the casting away of them [is] a reconciliation of the world, what the receptionif not life out of the dead?
There is hope of their conversion.
Romans 11:16 and if the first-fruit [is] holy, the lump also; and if the root [is] holy, the branches also. Romans 11:17 And if certain of the branches were broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wast graffed in among them, and a fellow-partaker of the root and of the fatness of the olive tree didst become
The Gentiles may not insult upon them:
Romans 11:18 do not boast against the branches; and if thou dost boast, thou dost not bear the root, but the root thee! Romans 11:19 Thou wilt say, then, 'The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in;' right! Romans 11:20 by unbelief they were broken off, and thou hast stood by faith; be not high-minded, but be fearing; Romans 11:21 for if God the natural branches did not sparelest perhaps He also shall not spare thee. Romans 11:22 Lo, then, goodness and severity of Godupon those indeed who fell, severity; and upon thee, goodness, if thou mayest remain in the goodness, otherwise, thou also shalt be cut off. Romans 11:23 And those also, if they may not remain in unbelief, shall be graffed in, for God is able again to graff them in; Romans 11:24 for if thou, out of the olive tree, wild by nature, wast cut out, and, contrary to nature, wast graffed into a good olive tree, how much rather shall they, who [are] according to nature, be graffed into their own olive tree? Romans 11:25 For I do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, of this secretthat ye may not be wise in your own conceitsthat hardness in part to Israel hath happened till the fulness of the nations may come in;
for there is a promise of their salvation.
Romans 11:26 and so all Israel shall be saved, according as it hath been written, 'There shall come forth out of Sion he who is delivering, and he shall turn away impiety from Jacob, Romans 11:27 and this to them [is] the covenant from Me, when I may take away their sins.' Romans 11:28 As regards, indeed, the good tidings, [they are] enemies on your account; and as regards the choicebeloved on account of the fathers; Romans 11:29 for unrepented of [are] the gifts and the calling of God; Romans 11:30 for as ye also once did not believe in God, and now did find kindness by the unbelief of these: Romans 11:31 so also these now did not believe, that in your kindness they also may find kindness; Romans 11:32 for God did shut up together the whole to unbelief, that to the whole He might do kindness.
God's judgments are unsearchable.
Romans 11:33 O depth of riches, and wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable His judgments, and untraceable His ways! Romans 11:34 for who did know the mind of the Lord? or who did become His counsellor? Romans 11:35 or who did first give to Him, and it shall be given back to him again? Romans 11:36 because of Him, and through Him, and to Him [are] the all things; to Him [is] the gloryto the ages. Amen.