1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For even I verily am an Israelite of the seed of Abraham, and of the tribe of Benjamin; 2 God hath not cast away his people which he knew before. Either know ye not what the scripture saith by the mouth of Elijah, how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,
3 "Lord they have killed thy prophets and digged down thine altars: and I am left only, and they seek my life."
4 But what saith the answer of God to him again? "I have reserved unto me seven thousand men which have not bowed their knees to Baal." 5 Even so at this time is there a remnant left through the election of grace. 6 If it be of grace, then is it not of works. For then were grace no more grace. If it be by the deserving of works, then is it no more grace. For then were deserving no longer deserving.
7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that that he sought. No but yet the election hath obtained it. The remnant are blinded, 8 according as it is written, "God hath given them the spirit of unquietness: eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear, even unto this day."
9 And David saith, "Let their table be made a snare to take them withal, and an occasion to fall, and a reward unto them. 10 Let their eyes be blinded that they see not: and ever bow down their backs."
11 I say then, Have they therefore stumbled that they should but fall only? God forbid: but through their fall is salvation happened unto the gentiles for to provoke them withal. 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 should it be so if they all believed?
13 I speak to you gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the gentiles I will magnify mine office 14 that I might provoke them which are my flesh: and might save some of them. 15 For if the casting away of them, be the reconciling of the world: what shall the receiving of them be, but life again from death? 16 For if one piece be holy, the whole heap is holy. And if the root be holy, the branches are holy also.
17 Though some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, art graft in among them, and made partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 boast not thyself against the branches. For if thou boast thyself, remember that thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, "The branches are broken off, that I might be graft in." 20 Thou sayest well: because of unbelief they are broken off, and thou standest steadfast in faith. Be not high minded, but fear: 21 seeing that God spared not the natural branches, lest haply he also spare not thee. 22 Behold the kindness and rigorousness of God: on them which fell, rigorousness: but towards thee, kindness; if thou continue in his kindness. Or else thou shalt be hewn off, 23 and they if they bide not still in unbelief shall be grafted in again. For God is of power to graft them in again. 24 For if thou wast cut out of a natural wild olive tree, and wast grafted contrary to nature in a true olive tree: how much more shall the natural branches be graffed in their own olive tree again?
25 I would not that this secret should be hid from you my brethren, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits: that partly blindness is happened in Israel, until the fullness of the gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved. As it is written, "There shall come out of Zion he that doth deliver, and shall turn away the ungodliness of Jacob. 27 And this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins."
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sake: but as touching the election, they are loved for the fathers' sake. 29 For verily the gifts and calling of God are such, that it cannot repent him of them. 30 For look, as ye in time past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 31 even so, now, have they not believed the mercy which is happened unto you; that they also may obtain mercy. 32 God hath wrapped all nations in unbelief, that he might have mercy on all.
33 O the deepness of the abundant wisdom and knowledge of God: how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out. 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who was his counselor? 35 Other who hath given unto him first, that he might be recompensed again? 36 For of him, and through him, and for him are all things. To him be glory forever Amen.