10:1 Brothers, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God is for Israel, that they may be saved.
10:2 For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.
10:3 For being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they didn’t subject themselves to the righteousness of God.
10:4 For Christ is the fulfillment of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
10:5 For Moses writes about the righteousness of the law, “The one who does them will live by them.”
10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith says this, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down);
10:7 or, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead.)”
10:8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth, and in your heart;” that is, the word of faith, which we preach:
10:9 that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10:10 For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
10:11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed.”
10:12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich to all who call on him.
10:13 For, “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
10:14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in him whom they have not heard? How will they hear without a preacher?
10:15 And how will they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Good News of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”
10:16 But they didn’t all listen to the glad news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”
10:17 So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
10:18 But I say, didn’t they hear? Yes, most certainly, “Their sound went out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”
10:19 But I ask, didn’t Israel know? First Moses says, “I will provoke you to jealousy with that which is no nation, with a nation void of understanding I will make you angry.”
10:20 Isaiah is very bold, and says, “I was found by those who didn’t seek me. I was revealed to those who didn’t ask for me.”
10:21 But as to Israel he says, “All day long I stretched out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”
11:1 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.
11:2 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:
11:3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have broken down your altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.”
11:4 But how does God answer him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”
11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
11:6 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.
11:7 What then? That which Israel seeks for, that he didn’t obtain, but the chosen ones obtained it, and the rest were hardened.
11:8 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.”
11:9 David says, “Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, a stumbling block, and a retribution to them.
11:10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see. Bow down their back always.”
11:11 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.
11:12 Now if their fall is the riches of the world, and their loss the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness?
11:13 For I speak to you who are Gentiles. Since then as I am an apostle to Gentiles, I glorify my ministry;
11:14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh, and may save some of them.
11:15 For if the rejection of them is the reconciling of the world, what would their acceptance be, but life from the dead?
11:16 If the first fruit is holy, so is the lump. If the root is holy, so are the branches.
11:17 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;
11:18 don’t boast over the branches. But if you boast, it is not you who support the root, but the root supports you.
11:19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.”
11:20 True; by their unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by your faith. Don’t be conceited, but fear;
11:21 for if God didn’t spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.
11:22 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.
11:23 They also, if they don’t continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
11:24 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?
11:25 For I don’t desire you to be ignorant, brothers, 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,
11:26 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.
11:27 This is my covenant to them, when I will take away their sins.”
11:28 Concerning the Good News, they are enemies for your sake. But concerning the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sake.
11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
11:30 For as you in time past were disobedient to God, but now have obtained mercy by their disobedience,
11:31 even so these also have now been disobedient, that by the mercy shown to you they may also obtain mercy.
11:32 For God has shut up all to disobedience, that he might have mercy on all.
11:33 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!
11:34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”
11:35 “Or who has first given to him, and it will be repaid to him again?”
11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things. To him be the glory for ever! Amen.
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