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except they be sent: as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things | 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel ; for Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report 2 17 So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 18 But I say, Have they not heard : Yes, verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. 19 But I say, Did not Israel know : First, Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. 20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. 21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.
people which he foreknew, Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias 2 how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, 3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars ; and I am left alone, and they seek my life 2 4. But what saith the answer of God unto him 2 I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. 5 Even so them, at this present time also, there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace : otherwise work is no more work. 7 What then 2 Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for ; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded 8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear) unto this day. 9 And David saith, Let, their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling-block, and a recompence unto them : 10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. O O.
11 I say then, Have they stumbled, that they should fall ? God forbid : but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. 12 Now, if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them, the riches of the Gentiles, how much more their fulness * 13 For I speak to you, Gentiles; inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office; 14 Is by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. 15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead 2 16 For if the first-fruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou being a wild olive-tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive-tree; 18 Boast not against the branches: but if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief
they were broken off, and thout standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear : 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take beed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold, therefore,the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in : for God is able to graff them in again. 24 For, if thou wert cut out of the olive-tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature, into a good olive-tree; how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive-tree ? 25 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 fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved : as it is written, There shall come out of Sion, the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. 30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief; 31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. 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! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord 2 or who hath been his counsellor 2 35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again : 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
CHAP. XII. LovE REQUIRE D.
I BESEECH you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye trans
formed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office; 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. * 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith ; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching ; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation; he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity ; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil: cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another : 11 Not slothful in business; servent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer ; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them which persecute you : bless, and curse In Ot. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. o, 7 Recompense to no man evil for evil, Provide things honest in the sight of all Inlen. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath : for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lor D. 20 Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink : for in so doing, thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God; the powers that be, are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever, therefore, resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God; and they that resist, shall receive to themselves damnation : 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same : 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid ; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For, for this cause pay ye tribute also : for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render, therefore, to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that lovcth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false wit
ness, Thou shalt not covet : and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour : therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. 11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep : for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us, therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk honestly as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying: 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
let not him which eateth not, judge him that eateth : for God hath received him. 4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth ; yea, he shall be holden up : for God is able to make him stand. 5 One man esteemeth one day above another; another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord ; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. 7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord ; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord : whether we live, therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. 10 But why dost thou judge thy brother 3 or why dost thou set at nought thy brother ? for we shall all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall