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1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people
? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God hath not cast away his people
which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias
? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying,
3 Lord, they have kill
ed thy prophet
s, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand
men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant
according to the election of grace.
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
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