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.

Discussion for Romans 11

  • Skell
    Romans is our doctrine for today , we are in the But Now. For those that are looking for doctrine in the time past ,acts, or ages to come, are missing what God is doing today. Romans through Philemon have very different language than the rest of the bible, his writing were given to him from the Risen Lord, its for the Gentile the Body of Christ.
    Romans 2-16, Marinotha
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Eternal truths- Of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever.
  • Ray321
    Romans 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: God gave Paul an OFFICE. Paul speaks to the Gentiles, hear what he has to say...
  • Lu2677
    Bruce,John 6:44"draw"is a call, high calling of God. Romans 11:29 "For the gifts and calling of God, are without repentance." Apparently God called you with a"tug of the heart", but you cannot go around saying that it would happen to everyone that he calls.If this is what you are saying you are in breach of Ro.11:29, you are implying that one should repent/not saved; if they did not feel a tug.
  • Andy
    Sentinel God,s gift of salvation is a gift you cannot work to get it.
    You become born again you are changed this will produce in you a desire to serve God and do works. Works come as a result of a relationship with God not the other way around.
    Jesus death on the cross paid our debt no work we can ever do can equal His sacrifice
  • Irene123
    Child of God - We, the Gentiles, were grafted in. God DOES NOT think like we think. He has provided FULL salvation for us , just as He did for Israel in the O.T. When we are saved we are granted the FULL benefits of that salvation. God is NO respecter of persons, Rom. 2:11; Jas, 2:9; Pro 24:3. No, we are indeed NOT 'step-children'. He wants all to be saved and come to the KNOWLEDGE of the truth.

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