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1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? 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 alone, and they seek my life. 4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of 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 is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. 7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. 8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. 9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: 10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. 11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. 12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? 13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: 14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation 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 from the dead? 16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. 24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? 25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. 30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. 33 O the depth of the riches both of the 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 hath been his counsellor? 35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

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1 angela h = "Throughout the whole Bible God has tried to lead His people in His will. He often refers to them as stiff-necked, meaning they are stubborn.God always promises that a remnant (few) of the Israelites will be in His plans even through eternity. See Revelation 7:1-8 and chapter 14 of Revelation. God has no intention on "casting away His people"."
2 Sara Di Diego = "This is referring to the last chapter, Romans 10, in which Paul prophesied that the Jews would be rejected by God and that the Gentiles would be exalted.  Now Paul proclaims that some Jews would be saved, since he, himself, is an Israelite who follows Jesus.Work Cited:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/peoples-new-testament/romans/11.html"
3 Sara Di Diego = "There is proof of Paul to be an Israelite, in Philippians 3:5."
4 Deena E = "Paul is referring to 1 Kings 19:Elijah, God's anointed prophet, was praying that God would rise up against the people of Israel because they killed all of God's prophets and he was the only one left. But God responded in justice and grace."
5 Cary W = "These two verses strike at the heart of every encrusted religion, specifically that of the Jews, for they supposed themselves chosen in observing the laws of God.Yet Paul reminds us that work of Christ in atonement and reconciliation removes the stain of sin and unrighteousness, but only if we come as helpless children, entering into the the presence and kingdom of God by grace and mercy, not by our own efforts or works.It is the reminder that only God is good; man is too easily tempted by pride and selfish motivations.  Grace undoes us completely, leaving us open to let Him enter our lives, unhindered and unconstrained.  Oh lavish on us Thy love, grace and mercy, that we may be, in this world, offering only love, grace and mercy.  Amen!"
6 angela h = "The Jews were allowed to fall so that the Gentiles would have a chance at salvation. God being omniscient, already knew who would and who would not accept Christ. He also knows that it will take more provoking for some than others.We don't always understand God's ways, but rest assured, He is much wiser than we will ever be. See Isaiah 55:8-9. "
7 Sara Di Diego = "Their eyes will be darkened because they love darkness instead of light, since they did not choose to follow Jesus.  And they bow their backs due to their bondage of sin, that they will not be able to relinquish.Work Cited:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/peoples-new-testament/romans/11.html"
8 angela h = "Paul is saying he'll use whatever works to win the Jews to Jesus. If it is a sort of competition with the Gentiles, so be it."
9 Sara Di Diego = "The Greek word used for "the world" was kosmos, which means "mankind".  Thus, the Jews' stubbornness to not welcome the word of God blessed the rest of mankind, as they were given a chance to become God's people.Work Cited:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/scofield-reference-notes/romans/romans-11.html"
10 Cary W = "God knows the hearts of men, and that when a grace or privelege is removed how it can be the very thing that gets their attention and draws them back to repentance, faith and devotion."
11 angela h = "The Jews will be saved because they first rejected Jesus. "
12 angela h = "Jesus is the first fruit of the dead. See 1 Corinthians 15:20.Jesus is the root as well. He is certainly holy."
13 angela h = "The broken off branches are the unbelieving Jews. Gentiles (anyone who is not a Jew) are the wild olive trees.Grafting is a technique used to cross pollinate trees. A branch will be will be cut at an angle and then replaced with a branch (also cut at an angle) from a different type of tree. The two branches will be bound together with tape or fabric until they begin to grow together. The grafted branch becomes part of the tree. The Gentiles are now coheirs with the Jews. We both partake of Jesus and His salvation."
14 angela h = "We should never belittle Jews for rejecting Jesus. We should be mindful that their rejection is what lead to us receiving the gospel.We should remember that God is the supply and we are partakers, not the other way around."
15 angela h = "Be careful! We should never think we are better than Jews. We should respect them as God's people.  if God cast away His very own children for disbelief, we He not do the same to us?"
16 angela h = "Here Paul gives the two extremes of God. He tells us of God's severity-(cutting off of the unbelieving Jews)-and of His goodness-(grafting us in).Paul also warns that if we take our salvation for granted we could be cut off too."
17 angela h = "The unbelieving Jews can still be saved!!!!!!"
18 angela h = "God did not cast the Jews away, just to save us. He wants His chosen people to enjoy the Prince of Peace, just as we do. He is waiting with open arms for them to believe and repent. Once they are saved they fit right in, because the olive tree is their origin."
19 angela h = "Paul is not hiding the fact that what he is trying to explain is a mystery.It seems that God has a plan to save the Jews. It will have to (according to scripture) be through Jesus (see John 14:6), but we are not privy to all of the information. God has in fact made a covenant with them (see Psalm 14:7). God does not lie. See Numbers 23:19."
20 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Paul admits that "all Israel will be saved". This theme is repeated time and again in the Hebrew scriptures that God has not abandoned the nation of Israel. Just as parents punish a child whom they love, so too, God chastises Israel because they are the "servant" and "firstborn son" of the God of Israel and they are expected to act holy because "the Lord thy God is holy". When Israel acts in a manner that is unbecoming, they are punished more harshly than other nations."
21 angela h = "At this time the Jews still reject Jesus as the Christ. Make no misiake....God still loves the Jews. "
22 angela h = "God still has a plan and although we don' t fully understand we should realize that He is in control. He has always been in control and at no time has He ever not been in control."
23 Cary W = "Even if we have strayed from our first love and calling in Jesus, and even if we have messed up in fulfilling His High calling for us (and it is most likely that we have in some big or small way, being what we are), we are promised here, that when God calls, He also draws and equips us to do His perfect, good and true will.We must get back up each time we fall, thanking God for His unending grace and patience, and recommit daily to His pleasure and purposes, just as Christ continually did."
24 Cary W = "It is good to remind ourselves continually, especially in dry times that God does not take back His gifts, calling and anointing upon our life.  They are still ours, still kept safe and protected.  Again, during such times, we must stir up the gifts and callings of the Holy Spirit in our life so that we may not fall into error or weakness."
25 angela h = "We have the opportunity for salvation because the Jews did not believe. We can now witness to the Jews that they may get salvation through Jesus.God wants each and every human being to be saved! See 2 Peter 3:9."
26 Cary W = "People will know we are messengers of God by the love, grace, mercy, wisdom, discernment and compassion that we extend and demonstrate.  Then they will be all ears to hear the gospel of God."
27 angela h = "Paul is commenting on the greatness of God. We can't even scratch the surface to just how wonderful He is. This is reminiscent of Job chapters 38-41 where God answers Job with a series of questions. (Very worthwhile reading!)"
28 angela h = "1 John 4:19 says "We love Him, because He first loved us"He had each and every one of us on His mind while His Son was nailed to the cross over 2000 years ago. That is how much He loves us."
29 angela h = "John 1:1-3 says "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things wee made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made."The triune God made every one of us. He wants us all to be reconciled to Him."