The Remnant of Israel
1I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 2God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: 3“Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”11:3 1 Kings 19:10,14? 4And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”11:4 1 Kings 19:18 5So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 6And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
7What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened, 8as it is written:
“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
eyes that could not see
and ears that could not hear,
to this very day.”11:8 Deut. 29:4; Isaiah 29:10
9And David says:
“May their table become a snare and a trap,
a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
10May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
and their backs be bent forever.”11:10 Psalm 69:22,23
11Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!
13I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry 14in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. 15For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 20Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. 21For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
22Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!
All Israel Will Be Saved
25I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 26and in this way11:26 Or and so all Israel will be saved. As it is written:
“The deliverer will come from Zion;
he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27And this is11:27 Or will be my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.”11:27 Isaiah 59:20,21; 27:9 (see Septuagint); Jer. 31:33,34
28As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. 30Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now11:31 Some manuscripts do not have now. receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 32For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.
33Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and11:33 Or riches and the wisdom and the knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
34“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”11:34 Isaiah 40:13
35“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”11:35 Job 41:11
36For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
Israel Nkae No
1Afei mibisa se, Onyankopɔn atow ne man akyene ana? Dabi da. Mʼankasa meyɛ Israelni na meyɛ Abraham aseni a mifi Benyamin abusua mu. 2Onyankopɔn ampo ne nkurɔfo a oyii wɔn mfiase no. Munim nea Kyerɛwsɛm no ka fa Elia ho sɛnea ɔkasa tiaa Israelfo wɔ Onyankopɔn anim se, 3“Awurade, wɔakum wʼadiyifo na wɔadwiriw wʼafɔremuka, na me nko na maka a wɔpɛ sɛ wokum me.” 4Mmuae bɛn na Onyankopɔn de maa no? Onyankopɔn kae se, “Mewɔ nnipa mpem ason a wɔnsom ɔbosom Baal.” 5Saa ara nso na ɛte nnɛ. Nnipa kakraa bi wɔ hɔ a Onyankopɔn nam ne dom so ayi wɔn. 6Yi a wayi wɔn no gyina nʼadom so na ɛnyɛ wɔn nnwuma so. Na sɛ Onyankopɔn yi a oyi nnipa no gyina wɔn nnwuma so a, ɛno de na adom no nyɛ adom turodoo.
7Ɛno de na ɛne dɛn? Nea Israelfo tiw akyi hwehwɛe no, wɔn nsa anka, na mmom kakraa a Onyankopɔn ayi wɔn no de, wɔn nsa kae. Wɔn a wɔaka no pirim wɔn koma 8sɛnea Kyerɛwsɛm no ka se,
“Onyankopɔn maa wɔn honhom a ɛyɛ bɔtee,
ani a ɛmma wonhu ade
aso a ɛmma wɔnte asɛm,
de besi nnɛ.”
9Na Dawid ka se,
“Ma wɔn didipon a esi wɔn anim nyi wɔn sɛ afiri
na wɔnhwehwe ase na wɔntwe wɔn aso!
10Ma wɔn ani so nyɛ wɔn kusuu na wɔanhu ade;
na wɔn akyi nkuntun afebɔɔ.”
11Afei mibisa se, bere a Yudafo yɛɛ bɔne no, ɛde wɔn kɔɔ ɔsɛe mu ana? Dabi! Amanamanmufo nam Yudafo no bɔne a wɔyɛɛ no so nyaa nkwagye. Eyi maa Yudafo no twee wɔn ho ninkunu. 12Yudafo no bɔne a wɔyɛɛ no de nnepa brɛɛ wiase na wɔn honhom mu hia a wodii no nso de ahonya brɛɛ amanamanmufo. Na ɛba sɛ Yudafo no mu bebree bɛka wɔn ho a nhyira mmoroso bɛn na ɛremma?
13Afei merekasa akyerɛ mo amanamanmufo: Esiane sɛ meyɛ amanamanmufo ɔsomafo nti, mehoahoa me ho wɔ adwuma a wɔde ahyɛ me nsa no ho. 14Sɛ ebetumi a, mɛma wɔn a wɔyɛ me nuanom Yudafo no kɔn adɔ nea mo amanamanmufo nsa aka yi bi, na wɔnam so agye wɔn mu bi nkwa. 15Na sɛ wɔn po a wɔpoo wɔn no ama Onyankopɔn ne wiasefo aka abɔ mu a, ɛno de sɛ Onyankopɔn twe wɔn bata ne ho a ɛbɛyɛ dɛn? Ɛbɛyɛ nkwa ama awufo. 16Sɛ wɔde brodo sin ma Onyankopɔn a, ɛno de, na ne mu nyinaa yɛ ne dea. Saa ara nso na sɛ dua no ntin yɛ kronkron a, ne mman no nyinaa nso yɛ kronkron.
17Wɔapenpan ngodua a wɔahyɛ da adua no mman no bi agu, na wɔde ngodua a wɔanhyɛ da annua no mman abɛhyɛ nʼanan mu. Mo amanamanmufo no te sɛ ngodua a wɔanhyɛ da annua, nanso afei de, mo ne Yudafo no nyinaa nya Onyankopɔn dom a wɔde adom wɔn no pɛ. 18Nanso monhwɛ yiye na moanhoahoa mo ho sɛ wɔde mo asi mman a wɔapenpan no anan mu. Monkae sɛ moyɛ mman kɛkɛ, na monyɛ ntin. 19Na mobɛka se, “Eye, wobubuu mman no sɛ wɔmfa me nsi wɔn anan mu.” 20Yiw, nanso monkae sɛ wɔpenpan saa mman a ɛyɛ Yudafo no, efisɛ wɔannye Onyankopɔn anni, na mugye di nti na mowɔ hɔ. Mommma mo ho so, na mmom munsuro nea ebetumi asi. 21Na sɛ Onyankopɔn amfa Yudafo a wɔte sɛ ngodua pa mman no bɔne ankyɛ wɔn a, mususuw sɛ ɔde mo bɔne bɛkyɛ mo ana?
22Enti monhwɛ Onyankopɔn ayamye ne ne denyɛ. Ɔyɛ den wɔ wɔn a wɔyɛɛ asoɔden no so, nanso ne yam ye ma mo wɔ bere a mode mo ho ato nʼayamye so. Na sɛ moamfa mo ho anto no so a, saa ara na wɔbɛpenpan mo. 23Na sɛ Yudafo no gye di bio a, Onyankopɔn bɛsan de wɔn ayɛ dua no mman bio. Obetumi ayɛ saa. 24Na sɛ Onyankopɔn pɛɛ sɛ ɔde mo a moyɛ wuram ngodua mman bɛfam dua papa a ɔno ankasa adua ho de, anka ɛmfa ɔkwan mu a, ɛno de, ɔbɛpɛ no mmoroso sɛ ɔde Yudafo no bɛfam dua a ɛyɛ wɔn ankasa de no ho.
Onyankopɔn Ahummɔbɔ Wɔ Hɔ Ma Obiara
25Me nuanom, ahintasɛm bi wɔ hɔ a mepɛ sɛ mote ase, sɛnea monnyɛ ahantan na monhoahoa mo ho. Yudafo no mu bi apirim wɔn koma, nanso sɛ amanamanmufo no nyinaa dan ba Kristo nkyɛn a ɛto betwa. 26Enti Israelfo nyinaa benya nkwagye. Mokae nea adiyifo no kaa wɔ eyi ho?
“Agyenkwa no befi Sion aba,
na obeyi amumɔyɛsɛm nyinaa afi Yakob asefo mu.
27Na medi apam a mene wɔn ayɛ no so
na mapepa wɔn bɔne.”
28Yudafo no bebree ayɛ Asɛmpa no atamfo. Na mo, amanamanmufo anya so mfaso, efisɛ Onyankopɔn de nʼakyɛde no ama mo. Nanso Yudafo yɛ ne man a wapaw wɔn ara, esiane bɔ a wahyɛ wɔn nenanom nti, 29efisɛ wɔrennan Onyankopɔn akyɛde ne ne frɛ no ani. 30Na mo amanamanmufo de, bere a atwam no mu, moyɛɛ asoɔden tiaa Onyankopɔn, nanso Yudafo no poo nʼahummɔbɔ no nti Onyankopɔn huu mo mmɔbɔ mmom. 31Saa ara nso na esiane adom a moanya no nti, mprempren, Yudafo no nso ayɛ asoɔden atia Onyankopɔn. Nanso nna bi akyi no wɔn nso benya Onyankopɔn adom no. 32Onyankopɔn aka nnipa nyinaa ahyɛ wɔn asoɔden ase sɛnea ɔbɛyɛ adom ama obiara.
33Ao Onyankopɔn ahonya ne nyansa ne nimdeɛ bun a mu dɔ!
Hena na obetumi ahu nʼatemmu mu pɛɛpɛe,
na wahu nea nʼakwan nenam.
34“Hena na onim Awurade adwene
anaasɛ hena na ɔyɛ ne fotufo?”
35“Hena na wama Onyankopɔn biribi kan
a ɛsɛ sɛ Onyankopɔn tua no so ka?”
36Efisɛ ade nyinaa fi ne mu na ɛba, na ɛnam ne so na ɛba, na ɛbɛsan akɔ ne nkyɛn bio.
Ɔno na anuonyam wɔ no daa daa. Amen.