Let their eyes be darkened
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.
God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the
scripture saith of Elijah? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel
Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I
am left alone, and they seek my life.
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.
Did God reject his people?
Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the
election of grace.
No, he saved a remnant of them by grace.
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
(By grace, not by works. Otherwise grace isn't grace.
If it's by works, then it's not by grace. Otherwise work isn't work.)
What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the
election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
God blinded the rest of the Jews.
(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.
He made them sleep, so that their eyes wouldn't see
and their ears wouldn't hear.
And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a
recompence unto them:
Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back always.
As David said,
Let their eyes be darkened so they can't see.
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.
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?
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles,
I magnify mine office:
If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and
might save some of them.
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?
For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be
holy, so are the branches.
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;
Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the
root, but the root thee.
Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed
Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by
faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare
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.
And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in:
for God is able to graff them in again.
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?
Salvation came from the Gentiles,
to make the Jews jealous.
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.
God blinded the Jews to make room for the Gentiles.
And so all Israel
shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the
Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
All Israel will be saved.
As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching
the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes.
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
They are enemies of the gospel,
but I love them for their ancestors' sakes.
For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy
through their unbelief:
You used to disbelieve,
but now I'm showing you mercy because of their unbelief.
Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they
also may obtain mercy.
Now they don't believe,
so I'm showing them mercy because of your belief.
For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon
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!
For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory
for ever. Amen.
God has made everyone disbelieve,
so that he can have mercy on everyone.