Romans 11:16

“For if the first fruite bee holy, the lumpe is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.”

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Other Translations

For if the firstfruit [be] holy, the lump [is] also [holy]: and if the root [be] holy, so [are] the branches.
- King James Version

If the first piece {of dough} is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And if the firstfruit is holy, so is the lump: and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And if the first-fruit is holy, so is the mass: and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
- Basic English Bible

Now if the first-fruit [be] holy, the lump also; and if the root [be] holy, the branches also.
- Darby Bible

For if the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
- Webster's Bible

Now if the firstfruits of the dough are holy, so also is the whole mass; and if the root of a tree is holy, so also are the branches.
- Weymouth Bible

If the first fruit is holy, so is the lump. If the root is holy, so are the branches.
- World English Bible

For if a litil part of that that is tastid be hooli, the hool gobet is hooli; and if the roote is hooli, also the braunchis.
- Wycliffe Bible

and if the first-fruit [is] holy, the lump also; and if the root [is] holy, the branches also.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 11:16


11:16 And this will surely come to pass. For if the first fruits be holy, so is the lump - The consecration of them was esteemed the consecration of all and so the conversion of a few Jews is an earnest of the conversion of all the rest. And if the root be holy - The patriarchs from whom they spring, surely God will at length make their descendants also holy.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 11:16


Ro 11:16 For if the firstfruit [be] holy. See Nu 15:18-21. Some explain the first fruits by Abraham and the patriarchs. It probably refers, rather, to the Jewish Christians, "the election by grace" (Ro 11:5). If a portion of the nation has been saved, it is an assurance that the whole nation can be saved. And if the root [be] holy. The root may refer to Abraham. The figure is that of a tree, with the patriarchs for the root. "Holy" is used in the sense of acceptable to God, a common sense in the Scriptures. In Ro 11:17 the figure of the root, the stalk and the tree, is expanded.

Discussion for Romans 11

  • Eric
    On the second paragraph of this chapter's commentary, I beg to differ. One Abraham is not the root but Christ is. We are are grafted in Christ as the olive tree for He alone is Holy and hence if the root be holy so are the branches. Second we are saved by grace hence made heirs through the faith of Christ and not Abraham, Abraham was mere man like the rest of us. John 1:12, we are children of God.
  • LYLE R SHORT
    The olive tree analogy is speaking only of Israel and Gentiles who became part of Israel. That has to be the case since the body of Christ never had or has conditional salvation, but Israel did. To truly understand this chapter one has to know all the rest of Paul's epistles. Israel, the body of Christ and the little flock of faithful Jews are separate entities.
  • Bob
    In it's context, Romans 9, 10 and 11 is to and about the nation of Israel, how they had it's standing with God, how they lost its' special standing when they rejected Christ and how they will be born again during Christ's second coming. They were born the first time in Exodus 4:22 when they were delivered out of Egypt and received the Old Covenant, they will be required to be born again.
  • D W L
    Amen, Alex Jesus said you Must be Born Again. Very easy to see there is no debate or what we think it’s MUST.
  • BSP
    Verse 33: there is no end to what we can learn about Jehovah God’s thoughts, words, or ways.
  • Gonzalo
    As silly humans we try to rationalize, dispute, make arguments, make our own private interpretations , But in verse : 33--- O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! is the answer, we will never understand his ways.---There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD..

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