Romans 11:21

“For if God spared not the natural branches, take heede least hee also spare not thee.”

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Other Translations

For if God spared not the natural branches, [take heed] lest he also spare not thee.
- King James Version

for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

for if God spared not the natural branches, neither will he spare thee.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For, if God did not have mercy on the natural branches, he will not have mercy on you.
- Basic English Bible

if God indeed has not spared the natural branches; lest it might be he spare not thee either.
- Darby Bible

For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
- Webster's Bible

Do not be puffed up with pride. Tremble rather--for if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will He spare you.
- Weymouth Bible

for if God didn't spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.
- World English Bible

but drede thou, for if God sparide not the kyndli braunchis, lest perauenture he spare not thee.
- Wycliffe Bible

for if God the natural branches did not spare -- lest perhaps He also shall not spare thee.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 11:21

11:21 Be not highminded, but fear - We may observe, this fear is not opposed to trust, but to pride and security.

People's Bible Notes for Romans 11:21

Ro 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, the Jews, but broke them off on account of their unbelief, certainly he would not spare the Gentile, not a natural branch, if he was an unbeliever.

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.
    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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