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

  • Alex
    Hiya Wayne GBU yes i see that but keep in mind that natural Israel will have to be bornagain there is no other way for them or the Gentiles to be Saved. Keep in mind that all the DISCIPLES were JEWS but they ALL had to be Bornagain of an Incorruptible SEED no EXCEPTIONS. Thats y there is no more jew or gentile all men carry the STAIN and the SPOT of Adam THUS ALL MEN WILL HAVE TO BE BORNAGAIN
  • A disciple
    For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. Gentiles who believe in Jesus Christ are not Israel's replacement! The neighboring countries presumed to usurp the holy land when Israel went into captivity. Instead of mourning they rejoiced!
  • Edna
    God provided thru faith the Jews first and the gentiles(he is no respect of persons) a way to eternal life .He has not forgotten the Jews, that well he deal with later. Until all the gentiles come in then all will be saved
  • 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...

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