Romans 11:7

“What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for, but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded,”

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What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
- King James Version

What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

What then? that which Israel seeketh for, that he obtained not; but the election obtained it, and the rest were hardened:
- American Standard Version (1901)

What then? That which Israel was searching for he did not get, but those of the selection got it and the rest were made hard.
- Basic English Bible

What [is it] then? What Israel seeks for, that he has not obtained; but the election has obtained, and the rest have been blinded,
- Darby Bible

What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
- Webster's Bible

How then does the matter stand? It stands thus. That which Israel are in earnest pursuit of, they have not obtained; but God's chosen servants have obtained it, and the rest have become hardened.
- Weymouth Bible

What then? That which Israel seeks for, that he didn't obtain, but the chosen ones obtained it, and the rest were hardened.
- World English Bible

What thanne? Israel hath not getun this that he souyte, but eleccioun hath getun; and the othere ben blyndid.
- Wycliffe Bible

What then? What Israel doth seek after, this it did not obtain, and the chosen did obtain, and the rest were hardened,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 11:7


11:7 What then - What is the conclusion from the whole? It is this: that Israel in general hath not obtained justification; but those of them only who believe. And the rest were blinded - By their own wilful prejudice.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 11:7


Ro 11:7 What then? What is the inference from the fact that the greater part of Israel has fallen away? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for. It is that Israel has not obtained what it hoped and sought for, justification by the law, and is under condemnation, but the election hath obtained it. "The election" means "the elect", and this term is applied to all believers. Here it is limited to that portion of the elect people, Israel, which had accepted Christ, and hence were an elect remnant. That "election" does not mean a decree that an individual shall be eternally saved is shown by 2Pe 1:10. If an individual was elected before time began to eternal salvation by a divine decree, no act of his could render his election surer. The scriptural election is one that requires diligence on our part, and effort to keep from falling. The rest were blinded. Israel had eyes and saw not. See Isa 6:9 and see PNT "Mt 13:14". The Savior says they were blinded because they closed their eyes. It was their own act.

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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