1: I ask then, Did God reject his people? May it never be! For I also am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2: God didn't reject his people, which he foreknew. Or don't you know what the Scripture says about Elijah? How he pleads with God against Israel: 3: "Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have broken down your altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life." 4: But how does God answer him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to 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 it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. 7: What then? That which Israel seeks for, that he didn't obtain, but the elect obtained it, and the rest were hardened. 8: According as it is written, "God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear, to this very day." 9: David says, "Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, A stumbling block, and a retribution to them. 10: Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see. Bow down their back always." 11: I ask then, did they stumble that they might fall? May it never be! But by their fall salvation has come to the Gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy. 12: Now if their fall is the riches of the world, and their loss the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness? 13: For I speak to you who are Gentiles. Since then as I am an apostle to Gentiles, I glorify my ministry; 14: if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh, and may save some of them. 15: For if the rejection of them is the reconciling of the world, what would their acceptance be, but life from the dead? 16: If the first fruit is holy, so is the lump. If the root is holy, so are the branches. 17: But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them, and became partaker with them of the root and of the richness of the olive tree; 18: don't boast over the branches. But if you boast, it is not you who support the root, but the root supports you. 19: You will say then, "Branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in." 20: True; by their unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by your faith. Don't be conceited, but fear; 21: for if God didn't spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. 22: See then the goodness and severity of God. Toward those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in his goodness; otherwise you also will be cut off. 23: They also, if they don't continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24: For if you were cut out of that which is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree, how much more will these, which are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? 25: For I don't desire, brothers, to have you ignorant of this mystery, so that you won't be wise in your own conceits, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, 26: and so all Israel will be saved. Even as it is written, "There will come out of Zion the Deliverer, And he will turn away ungodliness from Jacob. 27: This is my covenant to them, When I will take away their sins." 28: Concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But concerning the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sake. 29: For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30: For as you in time past were disobedient to God, but now have obtained mercy by their disobedience, 31: even so these also have now been disobedient, that by the mercy shown to you they may also obtain mercy. 32: For God has shut up all to disobedience, that he might have mercy on all. 33: Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past tracing out! 34: "For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?" 35: "Or who has first given to him, And it will be repaid to him again?" 36: For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things. To him be the glory for ever! Amen.