11I ask, then, has God rejected his own people, the nation of Israel? Of course not! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham and a member of the tribe of Benjamin.G3004G3767G3361G683G2316G683G846G2992G3361G1096G1063G1473G2532G1510G2475G1537G4690G11G5443G958 2No, God has not rejected his own people, whom he chose from the very beginning. Do you realize what the Scriptures say about this? Elijah the prophet complained to God about the people of Israel and said,G2316G683G3756G683G846G2992G3739G4267G2228G1492G3756G5101G1124G3004G1722G2243G5613G1793G2316G2596G2474G3004 3"LORD, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too."G2962G615G4675G4396G2532G2679G4675G2379G2504G5275G3441G2532G2212G3450G5590 4And do you remember God's reply? He said, "No, I have 7,000 others who have never bowed down to Baal!"G235G5101G3004G5538G846G2641G1683G2035G435G3748G2578G3756G2578G1119G896 5It is the same today, for a few of the people of Israel have remained faithful because of God's grace - his undeserved kindness in choosing them.G3779G3767G1722G3568G2540G2532G1096G3005G2596G1589G5485 6And since it is through God's kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God's grace would not be what it really is—free and undeserved.G1161G1487G5485G2089G3765G1537G2041G1893G5485G1096G2089G3765G5485G1161G1487G1537G2041G2076G2089G3765G5485G1893G2041G2076G2089G3765G2041 7So this is the situation: Most of the people of Israel have not found the favor of God they are looking for so earnestly. A few have—the ones God has chosen—but the hearts of the rest were hardened.G5101G3767G2474G2013G3756G2013G5127G3739G1934G1161G1589G2013G1161G3062G4456 8As the Scriptures say, "God has put them into a deep sleep. To this day he has shut their eyes so they do not see, and closed their ears so they do not hear."G2531G1125G2316G1325G846G4151G2659G3788G991G3361G991G2532G3775G191G3361G191G2193G4594G2250 9Likewise, David said, "Let their bountiful table become a snare, a trap that makes them think all is well. Let their blessings cause them to stumble, and let them get what they deserve.G2532G1138G3004G1096G846G5132G1096G1519G3803G2532G1519G2339G2532G1519G4625G2532G1519G468G846 10Let their eyes go blind so they cannot see, and let their backs be bent forever."G4654G846G3788G4654G991G3361G991G2532G4781G846G3577G1275 11Did God's people stumble and fall beyond recovery? Of course not! They were disobedient, so God made salvation available to the Gentiles. But he wanted his own people to become jealous and claim it for themselves.G3004G3767G3361G4417G2443G4098G3361G1096G235G846G3900G4991G1484G1519G3863G846G3863 12Now if the Gentiles were enriched because the people of Israel turned down God's offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when they finally accept it.G1161G1487G3900G846G4149G2889G2532G2275G846G4149G1484G4214G3123G846G4138 13I am saying all this especially for you Gentiles. God has appointed me as the apostle to the Gentiles. I stress this,G1063G3004G5213G1484G1909G3745G3303G1473G1510G652G1484G1392G3450G1248 14for I want somehow to make the people of Israel jealous of what you Gentiles have, so I might save some of them.G1513G4458G3863G3450G4561G2532G4982G5100G1537G846 15For since their rejection meant that God offered salvation to the rest of the world, their acceptance will be even more wonderful. It will be life for those who were dead!G1063G1487G580G846G2643G2889G5101G4356G1508G2222G1537G3498 16And since Abraham and the other patriarchs were holy, their descendants will also be holy—just as the entire batch of dough is holy because the portion given as an offering is holy. For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be, too.G1161G1487G536G40G5445G2532G2532G1487G4491G40G2532G2798 17But some of these branches from Abraham's tree—some of the people of Israel—have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God's special olive tree.G1161G1536G2798G1575G1161G4771G5607G65G1461G1722G846G2532G4791G1096G4791G4491G2532G4096G1636 18But you must not brag about being grafted in to replace the branches that were broken off. You are just a branch, not the root.G2620G3361G2620G2798G1161G1487G2620G4771G941G3756G4491G235G4491G4571 19"Well," you may say, "those branches were broken off to make room for me."G2046G3767G2798G1575G2443G1473G1461 20Yes, but remember—those branches were broken off because they didn't believe in Christ, and you are there because you do believe. So don't think highly of yourself, but fear what could happen.G2573G570G1575G1161G4771G2476G4102G5309G3361G5309G235G5399 21For if God did not spare the original branches, he won't spare you either.G1063G1487G2316G5339G3756G5449G2798G2596G4458G3381G5339G3381G5339G3761G4675 22Notice how God is both kind and severe. He is severe toward those who disobeyed, but kind to you if you continue to trust in his kindness. But if you stop trusting, you also will be cut off.G1492G3767G5544G2532G663G2316G1909G4098G3303G663G1161G1909G4571G5544G1437G1961G5544G1893G4771G2532G1581 23And if the people of Israel turn from their unbelief, they will be grafted in again, for God has the power to graft them back into the tree.G1161G1565G2532G3362G1961G3362G570G1461G1063G2316G2076G1415G1461G846G1461G3825 24You, by nature, were a branch cut from a wild olive tree. So if God was willing to do something contrary to nature by grafting you into his cultivated tree, he will be far more eager to graft the original branches back into the tree where they belong.G1063G1487G4771G1581G1537G65G2596G5449G2532G1461G3844G5449G1519G2565G4214G3123G3778G2596G5449G1461G2398G1636 25I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ.G1063G2309G3756G80G5209G50G5124G3466G3363G5600G5429G3844G1438G3754G4457G575G3313G1096G2474G891G3739G4138G1484G1525 26And so all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say, "The one who rescues will come from Jerusalem, and he will turn Israel away from ungodliness.G2532G3779G3956G2474G4982G2531G1125G2240G1537G4622G4506G2532G654G763G575G2384 27And this is my covenant with them, that I will take away their sins."G2532G3778G3844G1700G1242G846G3752G851G846G266 28Many of the people of Israel are now enemies of the Good News, and this benefits you Gentiles. Yet they are still the people he loves because he chose their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.G2596G3303G2098G2190G1223G5209G1161G2596G1589G27G1223G3962G1223 29For God's gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.G1063G5486G2532G2821G2316G278 30Once, you Gentiles were rebels against God, but when the people of Israel rebelled against him, God was merciful to you instead.G1063G5618G2532G5210G4218G544G2316G1161G1653G3568G1653G5130G543 31Now they are the rebels, and God's mercy has come to you so that they, too, will share in God's mercy.G3779G544G3778G2532G3568G544G2443G5212G1656G846G2532G1653 32For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone.G1063G2316G4788G3956G1519G543G2443G1653G3956 33Oh, how great are God's riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!G5599G899G4149G2532G4678G2532G1108G2316G5613G419G846G2917G2532G846G3598G421 34For who can know the LORD's thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice?G1063G5101G1097G3563G2962G2228G5101G1096G846G4825 35And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back?G2228G5101G4272G846G2532G467G846G467 36For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.G3754G1537G846G2532G1223G846G2532G1519G846G3956G846G1391G1519G165G281
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