Romans 11:4

“But what saieth the answere of God vnto him? I haue reserued to my selfe seuen thousand men, who haue not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.”

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Other Translations

But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to [the image of] Baal.
- King James Version

But what is the divine response to him? "I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have left for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But what answer does God make to him? I have still seven thousand men whose knees have not been bent to Baal.
- Basic English Bible

But what says the divine answer to him? I have left to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed knee to Baal.
- Darby Bible

But what saith the answer of God to him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal.
- Webster's Bible

But what did God say to him in reply? "I have reserved for Myself 7,000 men who have never bent the knee to Baal."
- Weymouth Bible

But how does God answer him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal."
- World English Bible

But what seith Goddis answere to hym? Y haue left to me seuene thousyndes of men, that han not bowid her knees bifore Baal.
- Wycliffe Bible

but what saith the divine answer to him? `I left to Myself seven thousand men, who did not bow a knee to Baal.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 11:4


11:4 To Baal - Nor to the golden calves.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 11:4


Ro 11:4 Have not bowed the knee to Baal. See 1Ki 19:18. Baal was the principal deity of the Phoenicians, and represented the sun. Jezebel, the queen of Ahab, was a Phoenician, and sought to supplant the worship of Jehovah with the worship of Baal. Though it seemed as though she had succeeded, still there were those left who had not bowed the knee to the false God.

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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