Romans 11:16

“For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For if the first fruite bee holy, the lumpe is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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.

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