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.
111:1 a 1Sa 12:22; Yer 31:37 b 2Ko 11:22 c Baf 3:5Kale ka mbuuze: Katonda yeegoberako ddala abantu be? Kikafuuwe. Kubanga nange ndi Muyisirayiri, era muzzukulu wa Ibulayimu, ow’omu kika kya Benyamini. 211:2 Bar 8:29Katonda tasuulanga bantu be, be yalonda okuva ku lubereberye. Oba temumanyi ekyawandiikibwa ekyogera ku Eriya bwe yeegayirira Katonda nga yeemulugunya olwa Isirayiri? 311:3 1Bk 19:10, 14Yagamba nti, “Mukama, basse bannabbi bo ne bamenyaamenya n’ebyoto byo. Nze nzekka nze nsigaddewo, ate bannoonya okunzita.” 411:4 1Bk 19:18Naye Katonda yamuddamu atya? Yamugamba nti: “Neesigalizzaawo abasajja kasanvu abatafukaamirira Baali.” 511:5 Bar 9:27Era bwe kityo ne mu biro bino waliwo ekitundu ekyasigalawo abaalondebwamu olw’ekisa. 611:6 Bar 4:4Naye obanga lwa kisa, si lwa bikolwa nate, kubanga ekisa kyandibadde tekikyali kisa.
711:7 a Bar 9:31 b nny 25; Bar 9:18Kale tugambe ki? Abayisirayiri baalemwa okufuna kye baali banoonya, wabula be yalondamu be baakifuna, abalala ne bakakanyazibwa, emitima, 811:8 a Mat 13:13-15 b Ma 29:4; Is 29:10nga bwe kyawandiikibwa nti,
“Katonda yabawa omwoyo ogw’okubongoota,
n’aleetera amaaso gaabwe obutalaba,
n’amatu gaabwe obutawulira
9Ne Dawudi yagamba nti,
“Leka ekijjulo kyabwe kibafuukire omutego, era ekitimba,
eky’okubatega era empeera ebasaanira.
1011:10 Zab 69:22, 23Amaaso gaabwe ka gabeeko ekifu, baleme okulaba.
Era batambule nga bakootakoota emirembe n’emirembe.”
1111:11 a nny 1 b Bik 13:46 c Bar 10:19Kale ka mbuuze, kyebaava beesittala balyoke bagwe? Kikafuuwe. Naye olw’okwonoona kwabwe, obulokozi kyebwava bujja eri Abaamawanga, Abayudaaya balyoke bakwatibwe obuggya. 1211:12 nny 25Kale obanga okwonoona kwabwe kutegeeza bugagga eri ensi, n’okulemwa kwabwe nga kutegeeza bugagga eri Abaamawanga, okuganyulwa kwabwe tekulisingawo!
1311:13 Bik 9:15Kaakano njogera gye muli Abaamawanga, nga bwe ndi omutume eri Abaamawanga, ngulumiza obuweereza bwange, 1411:14 a nny 11; Bar 10:19 b 1Ko 1:21; 1Ti 2:4; Tit 3:5singa kisoboka nkwase baganda bange obuggya abamu ku bo basobole okulokolebwa. 1511:15 a Bar 5:10 b Luk 15:24, 32Kubanga obanga okugobebwa kwabwe kwe kutabaganya ensi, okusembezebwa kwabwe kulitegeeza ki, bwe kutaliwa bafu bulamu? 1611:16 Lv 23:10, 17; Kbl 15:18-21Kale kaakano obanga ekitole ky’eŋŋano ekandiddwa ne kiweebwayo ng’ekibala ekibereberye kitukuvu, n’eŋŋaano yonna ntukuvu; era obanga ekikolo kitukuvu, n’amatabi matukuvu.
1711:17 a Yer 11:16; Yk 15:2 b Bik 2:39; Bef 2:11-13Naye obanga amatabi agamu gaawogolebwa, ate nga ggwe eyali omuzeyituuni ogw’omu nsiko wasimbibwa ku kikolo kyagwo, n’ogabana ku bugimu bw’ekikolo ky’omuzeyituuni, 1811:18 Yk 4:22teweenyumiririzanga ku matabi ago; naye bwe weenyumirizanga, jjukira nga si gwe owaniridde ekikolo, naye ekikolo kye kikuwaniridde. 19Oyinza okwogera nti, “Amatabi gaawogolwako, ndyoke nsimbibweko.” 2011:20 a 1Ko 10:12; 2Ko 1:24 b Bar 12:16; 1Ti 6:17 c 1Pe 1:17Ky’oyogedde kiba kituufu. Weewaawo gaawogolwako lwa butakkiriza, kyokka ggwe onywedde lwa kukkiriza. Teweenyumirizanga, naye otyanga. 21Kuba obanga Katonda teyasaasira matabi ga buzaaliranwa, nammwe ayinza obutabasaasira.
2211:22 a Bar 2:4 b 1Ko 15:2; Beb 3:6 c Yk 15:2Kale mufumiitirize ku kisa n’obukambwe bwa Katonda. Aba mukambwe eri abo abaagwa, naye n’aba wa kisa eri ggwe, bwe weeyongera okunywerera mu kisa kye, kubanga naawe bw’otonywere oliwogolwako. 2311:23 2Ko 3:16Era n’abo oluvannyuma bwe balikkiriza, balizzibwako ku nduli kubanga Katonda ayinza okubazaako kuli. 24Kuba obanga ggwe mu buzaaliranwa bwo gwe eyawogolwa ku muzeyituuni, wazzibwa ku muzeyituuni ogutali gwa buzaaliranwa bo, abo ab’obuzaaliranwa tebalisinga nnyo okuzzibwa ku muzeyituuni gwabwe bo?
2511:25 a Bar 1:13 b Bar 16:25 c Bar 12:16 d nny 7; Bar 9:18 e Luk 21:24Kubanga ssaagala mmwe abooluganda obutamanya kyama kino nga mwelowooza okuba ab’amagezi, ng’abamu ku Bayisirayiri bwe baakakanyaza emitima gyabwe, okutuusa mmwe Abaamawanga, lwe muliyingira. 26N’oluvannyuma Isirayiri yenna alirokolebwa, ng’Ekyawandiikibwa bwe kigamba nti,
“Omulokozi aliva mu Sayuuni,
era aliggyawo obutatya Katonda mu bazzukulu ba Yakobo.
2711:27 Is 27:9; Beb 8:10, 12Era eyo ye ndagaano yange nabo,
bwe ndibaggyako ebibi byabwe.”
2811:28 a Bar 5:10 b Ma 7:8; 10:15; Bar 9:5Mu njiri balabe ku lwammwe, naye mu kulondebwa baagalwa olwa bajjajjaabwe. 2911:29 a Bar 8:28 b Beb 7:21Kubanga Katonda bw’agabira abantu ebirabo oba bw’abayita, teyejjusa. 3011:30 Bef 2:2Kuba nga mmwe edda bwe mwajeemera Katonda, kyokka kaakano nga musaasiddwa olw’obujeemu bw’Abayudaaya, 31bwe batyo nabo kaakano bajeemu, eri ekyo ekyali okusaasira gye muli, balyoke basaasirwe. 3211:32 Bar 3:9Kubanga Katonda yaleka abantu bonna mu bujeemu alyoke abakwatirwe ekisa.
3311:33 a Bar 2:4 b Zab 92:5 c Yob 11:7Kale nga Katonda wa kitalo,
ng’amagezi ge mangi n’okutegeera kwe kungi era n’obugagga bungi;
ensala ye ey’emisango nga tekeberekeka, n’amakubo ge tegekkaanyizika.
3411:34 Is 40:13, 14; Yob 15:8; 36:22; 1Ko 2:16“Kubanga ani ayinza okutegeera okulowooza kwa Mukama?
Oba ani ayinza okumuluŋŋamya?”
3511:35 Yob 35:7“Oba ani eyali asoose okumuwa ekintu,
3611:36 a 1Ko 8:6; Bak 1:16; Beb 2:10 b Bar 16:27Kubanga byonna biva gy’ali, era biyita mu ye era bidda gy’ali.
Ekitiibwa kibe gy’ali emirembe gyonna. Amiina.