Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
And if by grace, then is it
no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be
of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather
through their fall salvation is come
unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
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?
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are
my flesh, and might save some of them.
For if the casting away of them be
the reconciling of the world, what shall
the receiving of them be
, but life from the dead?