Modern Literal Version
[Romans 11]

     11:1 Therefore I say, God has not thrust away his people, has he? Let it not happen! For* I am also an Israelite, from the seed of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 11:2 God did not thrust away his people which he knew beforehand. Or do youĎ not know what the Scripture says by Elijah? How he petitions God against Israel, saying, 11:3 'Lord, they have killed your prophets and have made ruins of your altars, and I am left alone and they are seeking my life.' {1Ki. 19:10,14}11:4 But what does the divine-answer say to him? 'I have left to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal.' {1Ki. 19:18}11:5 Therefore so there has also become a remnant according to the chosen of grace in this current time. 11:6 But if it is by grace, it is no more from works, otherwise grace becomes grace no more. But if it is from works, no more is it grace; otherwise work is work no more. 11:7 Therefore what? What Israel is seeking after, it did not obtain this, but the chosen obtained it and the rest were hardened; 11:8 just-as it has been written, 'God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes in order that they should not see and ears in order that they should not hear, until this very day.' {Isa 29:10}11:9 And David says, 'Let their table become*for a snare and *for a trap and *for an offense and *for a repayment to them. 11:10 Let their eyes be darkened not to see and may you always bow down their backs.'{Psa 69:22-23}

     11:11 Therefore I say, They have not tripped in order that they might fall, have they? Let it not happen! But salvation has come to the Gentiles in their trespass, *that* they might provoke them to jealousy. 11:12 Now if their trespass is the riches of the world and their loss is the riches of the Gentiles; how much more is their fullness? 11:13 For* I speak to youĎ who are Gentiles, inasmuch as I am indeed an apostle of Gentiles, I glorify my service; 11:14 if somehow I provoke to jealousythose who are my flesh and might save some out of them. 11:15 For* if the casting away of them isthe reconciliation of the world, what is the receiving of them, except life from the dead?

     11:16 Now if the first-fruit is holy, also is the batch and if the root is holy, also are the branches. 11:17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became a fellow partner of the root and of the plumpness of the olive tree among them. 11:18 Do not boast against the branches, but if you are boasting against them, you are not bearing the root, but the root bears you. 11:19 Therefore you will say, Branches were broken off, in order that I might be grafted in. 11:20 Well; they were broken off in their unbelief but you are standing in the faith. Do not be cavalier, but fear; 11:21 for* if God did not spare the natural branches, lest neither will he be sparing you. 11:22 Therefore, behold the kindness and severity of God, indeed severity upon those who fell, but kindness upon you, if you remain in the kindness of God: otherwise you also will be cut off. 11:23 And also those will be grafted in, if they do not remain in their unbelief; for* God is able to graft them in again. 11:24 For* if you were cut off from what is according to nature a wild olive tree and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree; how much more will these, which are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

     11:25 For* brethren, I do not wish youĎ to be ignorant of this mystery (that* youĎ may not be tooprudent with yourselves), that a hardening has become partially to Israel, till the fullness of the Gentiles should enter; 11:26 and thus all spiritual Israel will be saved, just-as it has been written, 'There will come out of Zion, he who rescues and he will turn away ungodliness from Jacob. 11:27And this is my covenant* with them, whenever I take away their sins.' {Isa 59:20-21, 27:9}11:28According to the good-news they are indeed enemies because of youĎ, but according to the choice, they are beloved because of the fathers. 11:29 For* the gifts* and the calling {Or: invitation; and in all other instances in the MLV} of God are unregrettable. 11:30 For* just-as youĎ were also previously disobedient to God, but now youĎ were shown-mercy by their disobedience, 11:31 so now these also were disobedient in yourĎ mercy, in order that they might also be shown-mercy.11:32 For* God has locked up together all to disobedience, in order that he might show-mercy upon all.

     11:33 O the depth of the riches, and of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and untraceable his ways! 11:34 For* who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become his counselor? 11:35 Or who has first-given to him and it will be repaid to him again?11:36It is because all things are from him and through him and to him. The glory is for him, forever. Amen.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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