Romans 11:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 11:14, NIV: in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them.

Romans 11:14, ESV: in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them.

Romans 11:14, KJV: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.

Romans 11:14, NASB: if somehow I may move my own people to jealousy and save some of them.

Romans 11:14, NLT: for I want somehow to make the people of Israel jealous of what you Gentiles have, so I might save some of them.

Romans 11:14, CSB: if I might somehow make my own people jealous and save some of them.

What does Romans 11:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This completes Paul's thought begun in the previous verse. He cited his calling as an apostle to the Gentiles (Acts 9:15). Though Paul himself was a "Hebrew among Hebrews" (Philippians 3:4–7), he was converted (Acts 9:1–6) in order to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the non-Jewish people: the Gentiles. An apostle is a person sent to represent another with an important message. In Paul's case, that message is that the Gentiles can be saved and come into relationship with God through faith in Christ.

Paul now declares that he magnifies—he works hard at—this ministry, in part, to help save some of his fellow Jews. How would that work? His aim is to provoke the Jews to become jealous of the special relationship the Gentiles now have with God through faith in Christ. Paul wants his fellow Jewish people to see that and want it too. Some will come to faith in Christ in that way, Paul believes.