Romans 11:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 11:13, NIV: I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry

Romans 11:13, ESV: Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry

Romans 11:13, KJV: For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

Romans 11:13, NASB: But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Therefore insofar as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry

Romans 11:13, NLT: I am saying all this especially for you Gentiles. God has appointed me as the apostle to the Gentiles. I stress this,

Romans 11:13, CSB: Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Insofar as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,

What does Romans 11:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul has been writing about God's relationship with His chosen people, Israel. He described how and why God hardened most Israelites to faith in Christ. God's purpose was, in part, to include Gentiles—non-Jews—in the promise of salvation through faith in Christ. In the previous verse, Paul introduced the idea that at some point in the future, the full inclusion of Israel to faith in Christ will result in great things for all people.

Now Paul addresses Gentiles directly, beginning a thought he will complete in the following verse. Paul describes his identity and purpose to be an apostle to the Gentiles. Christ Himself gave this role to Paul in Acts 9:15. Paul writes that he magnifies his ministry to take the good news about faith in Jesus to all Gentiles. In other words, he glorifies his ministry. He goes big. He works hard at it. He is bold and strategic and amplifies the message of God's grace for the Gentiles through faith in Christ.

In part, as Paul reveals in the next verse, he does this to provoke jealousy among his own Jewish people. He wants to see them saved, to have the same special relationship with God that the Gentiles have now received.