Romans 11:13
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New International Version
I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry

New Living Translation
I am saying all this especially for you Gentiles. God has appointed me as the apostle to the Gentiles. I stress this,

English Standard Version
Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry

Berean Study Bible
I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,

Berean Literal Bible
Now I am speaking to you the Gentiles. Therefore indeed inasmuch as I am apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,

New American Standard Bible
But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,

King James Bible
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. In view of the fact that I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,

International Standard Version
I am speaking to you gentiles. Because I am an apostle to the gentiles, I magnify my ministry

NET Bible
Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Seeing that I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,

New Heart English Bible
For I speak to you who are Gentiles. Since then as I am an apostle to Gentiles, I glorify my ministry;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I say to you Gentiles, I who am an Apostle of the Gentiles, I honor my ministry.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now, I speak to you who are not Jewish. As long as I am an apostle sent to people who are not Jewish, I bring honor to my ministry.

New American Standard 1977
But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For (I call you Gentiles) inasmuch as I am truly the apostle of the Gentiles, my honorable ministry,

King James 2000 Bible
For I speak to you Gentiles, since I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify my office:

American King James Version
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify my office:

American Standard Version
But I speak to you that are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I glorify my ministry;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I say to you, Gentiles: as long indeed as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I will honour my ministry,

Darby Bible Translation
For I speak to you, the nations, inasmuch as I am apostle of nations, I glorify my ministry;

English Revised Version
But I speak to you that are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I glorify my ministry:

Webster's Bible Translation
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify my office:

Weymouth New Testament
But to you Gentiles I say that, since I am an Apostle specially sent to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry,

World English Bible
For I speak to you who are Gentiles. Since then as I am an apostle to Gentiles, I glorify my ministry;

Young's Literal Translation
For to you I speak -- to the nations -- inasmuch as I am indeed an apostle of nations, my ministration I do glorify;
Study Bible
The Ingrafting of the Gentiles
12But if their trespass means riches for the world, and their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring! 13I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14in the hope that I may provoke my own people to jealousy and save some of them.…
Cross References
Acts 9:15
"Go!" said the Lord. "This man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before the Gentiles and their kings, and before the people of Israel.

Romans 15:16
to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an acceptable offering to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
Treasury of Scripture

For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify my office:

the apostle.

Romans 15:16-19 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering …

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to him, Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel …

Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said…

Acts 22:21 And he said to me, Depart: for I will send you far hence to the Gentiles.

Acts 26:17,18 Delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom now I send you…

Galatians 1:16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; …

Galatians 2:2,7-9 And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel …

Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…

1 Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the …

2 Timothy 1:11,12 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher …

I magnify mine office. Rather, 'I honour my ministry,' [diakonia mou doxazo.]

(13-16) In this I am speaking to you Gentiles. It is you who will benefit by the restoration of the Jews. And this is the real reason why, as Apostle of the Gentiles, I make the most of my office. I do it in order to incite to emulation my own countrymen, knowing that the effects of their rejection lead us to infer the very happiest effects from their readmission. For their end will be as their beginning was. They began their career as the chosen people of God, and the conclusion of it will be still more glorious.

(13) For I speak to you Gentiles.--The connecting particles in this verse must be altered according to an amended reading. "For" should be omitted, a full stop placed after "Gentiles," and "then" inserted after "inasmuch." "I speak to you Gentiles"--spoken with something of a pause. "Inasmuch then" (or, in so far then) "as I am the Apostle of the Gentiles, I seek to do honour to my office. But not without an arrire-pense. My motive is at least partly to win over my own countrymen."

Verses 13, 14. - But (δὲ is better supported than γὰρ) I speak to you the Gentiles. Inasmuch (or, so far) then (οϋν, which is not in the Textus Receptus, being read, and so connecting this clause with what follows) as I am an apostle of the Gentiles, I glorify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy (in the Authorized Version, emulation, but it is the same word as in ver. 11) my flesh (i.e. my kindred), and may save some of them. To the Gentiles, whom he now directly addresses, he thus intimates that, though he is especially their apostle, yet beyond them he has his own countrymen still in view, whose conversion, through theirs, he has ever close to his heart. I glorify (δοξάζω) my ministry - i.e, my apostleship to the Gentiles - may mean that I add glory to it, if I may, through it, attain that further purpose. For I speak to you Gentiles,.... The church at Rome, as the primitive churches for the most part did, consisted of Jews and Gentiles; hence the apostle sometimes addresses the one, as in Romans 2:17, and sometimes the other, as here; and this he does to observe unto them the grace and goodness of God, in enriching them with the Gospel of salvation; and that they might not despise the Jews, from whom it first came out, and through whose fall it came to them, and was preached among them by some of that nation:

in as much as I am the apostle of the Gentiles. He was ordained and set apart by God, in his eternal purposes, to be a teacher of the Gentiles; he was sent immediately by Christ to bear his name among them, though not among them only, to the exclusion of the people of Israel; he chiefly preached the Gospel to them, though sometimes to the Jews also; and the success of his ministry was mostly among the uncircumcision, though he sought by all ways and means to gain both Jews and Gentiles: hence he addresses the Gentiles with greater freedom and boldness, because he was their apostle, and had been so useful among them; and is a reason why we Gentiles should have a special regard to his writings; for though every word of God is pure, and all Scripture is divinely inspired, and is profitable on one account or other; nor is any part of it to be slighted and neglected; yet as Paul's epistles are written chiefly to the Gentile churches, excepting that to the Hebrews, and which some question whether it is his, they ought especially to be attended to by us; though, alas, of all the inspired writings they are had in the least esteem:

I magnify mine office: not himself, for he was not of a self-exalting spirit, but humble and lowly minded, ready at all times to own himself to be less than the least of saints and the chief of sinners; but his office, which he had received from Christ, as an instance of his grace and favour. This was magnified partly by the miracles, signs, and wonders done by him, in proof, and for the confirmation of his apostleship; and partly by his constant, diligent, and faithful preaching of the Gospel: as also by the unwearied pains he took to spread it far and near; and likewise by the numbers of souls he was the means of bringing to the knowledge of Christ; and it was no small accession of glory to his office, as an apostle of the Gentiles, that he was an instrument of the conversion of many among the Jews. 13, 14. I speak—"am speaking"

to you Gentiles—another proof that this Epistle was addressed to Gentile believers. (See on [2249]Ro 1:13).

I magnify—"glorify"

mine office—The clause beginning with "inasmuch" should be read as a parenthesis.11:11-21 The gospel is the greatest riches of every place where it is. As therefore the righteous rejection of the unbelieving Jews, was the occasion of so large a multitude of the Gentiles being reconciled to God, and at peace with him; the future receiving of the Jews into the church would be such a change, as would resemble a general resurrection of the dead in sin to a life of righteousness. Abraham was as the root of the church. The Jews continued branches of this tree till, as a nation, they rejected the Messiah; after that, their relation to Abraham and to God was, as it were, cut off. The Gentiles were grafted into this tree in their room; being admitted into the church of God. Multitudes were made heirs of Abraham's faith, holiness and blessedness. It is the natural state of every one of us, to be wild by nature. Conversion is as the grafting in of wild branches into the good olive. The wild olive was often ingrafted into the fruitful one when it began to decay, and this not only brought forth fruit, but caused the decaying olive to revive and flourish. The Gentiles, of free grace, had been grafted in to share advantages. They ought therefore to beware of self-confidence, and every kind of pride or ambition; lest, having only a dead faith, and an empty profession, they should turn from God, and forfeit their privileges. If we stand at all, it is by faith; we are guilty and helpless in ourselves, and are to be humble, watchful, afraid of self-deception, or of being overcome by temptation. Not only are we at first justified by faith, but kept to the end in that justified state by faith only; yet, by a faith which is not alone, but which worketh by love to God and man.
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