Romans 11:15
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New International Version
For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

New Living Translation
For since their rejection meant that God offered salvation to the rest of the world, their acceptance will be even more wonderful. It will be life for those who were dead!

English Standard Version
For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?

Berean Study Bible
For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

Berean Literal Bible
For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be if not life out from the dead?

New American Standard Bible
For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

King James Bible
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?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For if their rejection brings reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?

International Standard Version
For if their rejection results in reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance bring but life from the dead?

NET Bible
For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

New Heart English Bible
For if the rejection of them is the reconciling of the world, what would their acceptance be, but life from the dead?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if their rejection was the reconciliation for the world, how much greater therefore is their return, if not life from the dead?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If Israel's rejection means that the world has been brought back to God, what does Israel's acceptance mean? It means that Israel has come back to life.

New American Standard 1977
For if their rejection be the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For if the casting away of them is the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

King James 2000 Bible
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?

American King James Version
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?

American Standard Version
For if the casting away of them is the reconciling of the world, what'shall the receiving of them be , but life from the dead?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if the loss of them be the reconciliation of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

Darby Bible Translation
For if their casting away [be the] world's reconciliation, what [their] reception but life from among [the] dead?

English Revised Version
For if the casting away of them is the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

Webster's Bible Translation
For if the rejection of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

Weymouth New Testament
For if their having been cast aside has carried with it the reconciliation of the world, what will their being accepted again be but Life out of death?

World English Bible
For if the rejection of them is the reconciling of the world, what would their acceptance be, but life from the dead?

Young's Literal Translation
for if the casting away of them is a reconciliation of the world, what the reception -- if not life out of the dead?
Study Bible
The Ingrafting of the Gentiles
14in the hope that I may provoke my own people to jealousy and save some of them. 15For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16If the first part of the dough is holy, so is the whole batch; if the root is holy, so are the branches.…
Cross References
Luke 15:24
For this son of mine was dead and is alive again! He was lost and is found!' So they began to celebrate.

Luke 15:32
But it was fitting to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'"

Romans 5:11
Not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Romans 14:1
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on his opinions.

Romans 14:3
The one who eats everything must not belittle the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted him.
Treasury of Scripture

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?

the casting.

Romans 11:1,2,11,12 I say then, Has God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also …

the reconciling.

Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death …

Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, …

2 Corinthians 5:18-20 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus …

Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather …

Colossians 1:20,21 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to …

but.

Ezekiel 37:1-14 The hand of the LORD was on me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD…

Revelation 11:11 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered …

Revelation 20:4-6 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them…

(15) Reconciling of the world.--The gospel could not be preached to the Gentiles until it had first been offered to and rejected by the Jews. Hence the casting away of the Jews might be said to have caused the reconciling of the rest of the world.

Life from the dead.--The reconversion of the Jews will be a signal to inaugurate that reign of eternal life which will be ushered in by the resurrection from the dead.

Verse 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? The vivid force of this concluding expression is weakened by attempts to define what is exactly meant by it; as, for instance (as some interpret), that the general resurrection will come when the fulness of the Jews as well as the Gentiles has come in. It is best to leave the grandeur of the conception to be felt rather than explained. For if the casting away of them,.... This argument, as before, in Romans 11:12, is from the lesser to the greater, showing that as the Gentiles received present advantage through the rejection of the Jews, they would receive far greater at their future recovery, and which proves that their rejection is not final; for by "the casting away of them", is meant the rejection of the Jews, and refers to God's writing a "Lo-ammi", Hosea 1:9, upon them, and his taking away the Gospel from them, and which were the occasion of

the reconciling of the world, the Gentiles; not of God's drawing the scheme of their reconciliation in his Son; nor of the actual reconciliation of them by his sufferings and death; but of the Gospel, the word of reconciliation being carried among them upon the Jews' disbelief and contempt of it, which was made effectual by the power of divine grace, to the reconciling of them to God, to the, way of salvation by Christ; to be willing to serve him, and be saved by him; to, lay down their arms, surrender to his victorious grace, and become obedient to him both by word and deed; and if this was the case then, as it was, he asks

what shall the receiving of them be but life from the dead? By the receiving of them is meant the conversion of the Jews in the latter day, when they will be received by Christ, on whom they will look with an eye of faith, and mourn in an evangelical manner for their sins against him; who casts out none that come unto him, but receives them into his arms in the most kind and tender manner; and when they will be also openly received into the house and family of God, into the visible church of Christ; and as the apostle afterwards says, "be grafted into their own olive tree", Romans 11:24; and this their restoration will be as "life from the dead"; which regards not so much the quickening of the Jews themselves, though their conversion will be, as the conversion of every sinner is, a resurrection from the death of sin to a life of grace, and is so represented in Ezekiel 37:1, but rather the reviving the work of God among the Gentile churches, who having lain long in a dead, lifeless, lukewarm, and indifferent frame of spirit, will be aroused and quickened, at this wonderful work of grace upon the Jews; and besides it will be as unexpected by them, and as surprising to them, as a person's being raised from the dead would be; yea as joyful, and as welcome to them, as if a man received his nearest relation and friend from the dead; add to this, and which some of the ancients make to be the sense of the place, quickly after the conversion of the Jews, the fulness of the Gentiles being brought in, and nothing more to be done in a way of grace, the first resurrection from the dead will follow, and happy is he that will have part in it. 15. For if the casting away of them—The apostle had denied that they were east away (Ro 11:1); here he affirms it. But both are true; they were cast away, though neither totally nor finally, and it is of this partial and temporary rejection that the apostle here speaks.

be the reconciling of the—Gentile

world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?—The reception of the whole family of Israel, scattered as they are among all nations under heaven, and the most inveterate enemies of the Lord Jesus, will be such a stupendous manifestation of the power of God upon the spirits of men, and of His glorious presence with the heralds of the Cross, as will not only kindle devout astonishment far and wide, but so change the dominant mode of thinking and feeling on all spiritual things as to seem like a resurrection from the dead.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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