Romans 11:18
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New International Version
do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.

New Living Translation
But you must not brag about being grafted in to replace the branches that were broken off. You are just a branch, not the root.

English Standard Version
do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.

New American Standard Bible
do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.

King James Bible
Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
do not brag that you are better than those branches. But if you do brag--you do not sustain the root, but the root sustains you.

International Standard Version
do not boast about being better than the other branches. If you boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.

NET Bible
do not boast over the branches. But if you boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not boast against the branches; but if you boast, were you not supported by the roots, rather than the root being supported by you?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So don't brag about being better than the other branches. If you brag, remember that you don't support the root, the root supports you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
do not boast against the branches. But if thou boast, know that thou dost not bear the root, but the root thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Boast not against the branches. But if you boast, you bear not the root, but the root you.

American King James Version
Boast not against the branches. But if you boast, you bore not the root, but the root you.

American Standard Version
glory not over the branches: but if thou gloriest, it is not thou that bearest the root, but the root thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Darby Bible Translation
boast not against the branches; but if thou boast, [it is] not *thou* bearest the root, but the root thee.

English Revised Version
glory not over the branches: but if thou gloriest, it is not thou that bearest the root, but the root thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Boast not against the branches. But if thou boastest, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Weymouth New Testament
beware of glorying over the natural branches. Or if you are so glorying, do not forget that it is not you who uphold the root: the root upholds you.

World English Bible
don't boast over the branches. But if you boast, it is not you who support the root, but the root supports you.

Young's Literal Translation
do not boast against the branches; and if thou dost boast, thou dost not bear the root, but the root thee!
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Boast not against the branches,.... Those that were broken off: the apostle would not have them vaunt it over them, despise them, and trample upon them; but pity them, and pray for and be abundantly thankful and humbled before God, under a sense of Ida sovereign and distinguishing grace, who had settled them in a Gospel church state, who were before comparable to a wild olive tree; and much less should they glory over the believing Jews, among whom they were, there being no difference between them, for they were all one in Christ Jesus:

but if thou boast; but if such a vain temper of mind should prevail, he suggests they would do well to sit down and consider what little reason they had on their side to glory; and if such glorying and boasting, one against another was lawful, the Jews had the greatest reason for it; for, adds the apostle,

thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. The Jews received no advantages from the Gentiles, but on the contrary the Gentiles from the Jews, to whom were committed the oracles of God, and by whom they were faithfully kept and transmitted to the Gentiles; the Gospel itself came out first from among them; the first preachers of it were Jews, who carried it into the Gentile world, where it was greatly succeeded to the conversion of many, who by this means were brought into a Gospel church state, and so enjoyed all the privileges they did: yea, Christ himself, according to the flesh, came of them, was sent unto them, was the minister of them, lived and died among them, and wrought out the great salvation for his people; hence "salvation" itself is said to be "of the Jews", John 4:22, so that the root and foundation of all their enjoyments were from the Jews, and not those of the Jews from them; hence there was no room, nor reason, for boasting against them, and vaunting it over them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. Boast not against the—rejected

branches. But if thou—"do"

boast—remember that

thou bearest not—"it is not thou that bearest"

the root, but the root thee—"If the branches may not boast over the root that bears them, then may not the Gentile boast over the seed of Abraham; for what is thy standing, O Gentile, in relation to Israel, but that of a branch in relation to the root? From Israel hath come all that thou art and hast in the family of God; for "salvation is of the Jews" (Joh 4:22).

Romans 11:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Ingrafting of the Gentiles
17But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, 18do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you. 19You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in."…
Cross References
John 4:22
You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.

Acts 25:7
When Paul came in, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him. They brought many serious charges against him, but they could not prove them.
Treasury of Scripture

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Boast not.

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1 Kings 20:11 And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that …

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Matthew 26:33 Peter answered and said to him, Though all men shall be offended …

Luke 18:9-11 And he spoke this parable to certain which trusted in themselves …

1 Corinthians 10:12 Why let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

thou bearest.

Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the …

Zechariah 8:20-23 Thus said the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there …

John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must …

Galatians 3:29 And if you be Christ's, then are you Abraham's seed, and heirs according …

Ephesians 2:19,20 Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow …

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