Romans 11:18

“Boast not against the branches: but if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.”

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Other Translations

Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
- King James Version

do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, {remember that} it is not you who supports the root, but the root {supports} you.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

glory not over the branches: but if thou gloriest, it is not thou that bearest the root, but the root thee.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do not be uplifted in pride over the branches: because it is not you who are the support of the root, but it is by the root that you are supported.
- Basic English Bible

boast not against the branches; but if thou boast, [it is] not *thou* bearest the root, but the root thee.
- Darby Bible

Boast not against the branches. But if thou boastest, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
- Webster's Bible

beware of glorying over the natural branches. Or if you are so glorying, do not forget that it is not you who uphold the root: the root upholds you.
- Weymouth Bible

don't boast over the branches. But if you boast, it is not you who support the root, but the root supports you.
- World English Bible

nyle thou haue glorie ayens the braunchis. For if thou gloriest, thou berist not the roote, but the roote thee.
- Wycliffe Bible

do not boast against the branches; and if thou dost boast, thou dost not bear the root, but the root thee!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 11:18


11:18 Boast not against the branches - Do not they do this who despise the Jews? or deny their future conversion?


People's Bible Notes for Romans 11:18


Ro 11:18 Boast not against the branches. There is too much of this in the prejudice against the Jewish race. Thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. The riches of graces of the Gentile Christian are due to the fact that he is "grafted in" upon the Abrahamic stock, and becomes his child by faith.

Discussion for Romans 11

  • Vanessa
    God made a promise to Abraham he being the olive tree, the Church his people would be saved, by their boasting of being God's chosen we gentiles being heathens would never be worthy of God's grace, why God broke branches off, so we should live grateful,humble and walk in faith, giving thanks to the Father always , die to our fleshly ways so we may be saved, don't be boastful we can be cut off
  • 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.

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