Romans 11:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 11:12, NIV: But 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!

Romans 11:12, ESV: Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!

Romans 11:12, KJV: 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?

Romans 11:12, NASB: Now if their wrongdoing proves to be riches for the world, and their failure, riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be!

Romans 11:12, NLT: Now if the Gentiles were enriched because the people of Israel turned down God's offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when they finally accept it.

Romans 11:12, CSB: Now if their transgression brings riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fullness bring!

What does Romans 11:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul introduced an important idea in the previous verse: The sin of Israel in rejecting faith in Christ resulted in the opportunity for all Gentiles to be saved through faith in Christ. Now Paul asks one of his "how much more" questions.

If Israel's sin brought the riches of sharing in God's glory to the world, and if Israel's failure to believe brought those riches to all the Gentiles, then how much more will Israel's full inclusion in Christ mean for all of us? Put another way, if Israel's sin can result in that kind of glory, then imagine how much glory will result when Israel accepts Christ!

Paul will finally answer this question in verse 15. There, he will write that Israel's acceptance of Christ will mean life from the dead for all who trust in Christ. He will clarify that idea in the following verses, but the central idea is this: God has hardened most Israelites to faith in Christ for a time, but He will eventually bring many Israelites to faith in Christ. The result, mysteriously for now, will be life from death for all of us.