Romans 11:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 11:4, NIV: And what was God's answer to him? 'I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.'

Romans 11:4, ESV: But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”

Romans 11:4, KJV: But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.

Romans 11:4, NASB: But what is the divine response to him? 'I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL.'

Romans 11:4, NLT: And do you remember God's reply? He said, 'No, I have 7,000 others who have never bowed down to Baal!'

Romans 11:4, CSB: But what was God's answer to him? I have left seven thousand for myself who have not bowed down to Baal.

What does Romans 11:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This passage continues to prove that Israel has not been entirely abandoned by God. Even though they have rejected Christ, God has not given up on His promises to them. Nor has He changed their status as His chosen people.

The previous verse quoted Elijah's words to God in 1 Kings 19:10. Elijah complained, in essence, that he was the last Israelite left who remained faithful to God and did not worship Baal. In this verse, Paul quotes God's reply to Elijah, found in 1 Kings 19:18. God says that He has kept for Himself 7,000 men who have not bowed to Baal. They remained faithful to God. Elijah was not alone, after all.

Paul will show that the same is true of Israel in his day. Though most of Israel has missed the righteousness of God by rejecting faith in Christ, a remnant of Israelites is faithful to God in and through Christ.