Romans 11:4
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New International Version
And what was God's answer to him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal."

New Living Translation
And do you remember God's reply? He said, "No, I have 7,000 others who have never bowed down to Baal!"

English Standard Version
But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”

New American Standard Bible
But what is the divine response to him? "I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL."

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But what was God's reply to him? I have left 7,000 men for Myself who have not bowed down to Baal.

International Standard Version
But what was the divine reply to him? "I have reserved for myself 7,000 people who have not knelt to worship Baal."

NET Bible
But what was the divine response to him? "I have kept for myself seven thousand people who have not bent the knee to Baal."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
It was said to him by revelation, “Behold, I have left for myself 7000 men who have not bowed their knees and worshiped Baal.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But what was God's reply? God said, "I've kept 7,000 people for myself who have not knelt to worship Baal."

Jubilee Bible 2000
But what did the answer of God say unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee before Baal.

King James 2000 Bible
But what says 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.

American King James Version
But what said the answer of God to him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.

American Standard Version
But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have left for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But what saith the divine answer to him? I have left me seven thousand men, that have not bowed their knees to Baal.

Darby Bible Translation
But what says the divine answer to him? I have left to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed knee to Baal.

English Revised Version
But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have left for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal.

Webster's Bible Translation
But what saith the answer of God to him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal.

Weymouth New Testament
But what did God say to him in reply? "I have reserved for Myself 7,000 men who have never bent the knee to Baal."

World English Bible
But how does God answer him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal."

Young's Literal Translation
but what saith the divine answer to him? 'I left to Myself seven thousand men, who did not bow a knee to Baal.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:1-10 There was a chosen remnant of believing Jews, who had righteousness and life by faith in Jesus Christ. These were kept according to the election of grace. If then this election was of grace, it could not be of works, either performed or foreseen. Every truly good disposition in a fallen creature must be the effect, therefore it cannot be the cause, of the grace of God bestowed on him. Salvation from the first to the last must be either of grace or of debt. These things are so directly contrary to each other that they cannot be blended together. God glorifies his grace by changing the hearts and tempers of the rebellious. How then should they wonder and praise him! The Jewish nation were as in a deep sleep, without knowledge of their danger, or concern about it; having no sense of their need of the Saviour, or of their being upon the borders of eternal ruin. David, having by the Spirit foretold the sufferings of Christ from his own people, the Jews, foretells the dreadful judgments of God upon them for it, Ps 69. This teaches us how to understand other prayers of David against his enemies; they are prophecies of the judgments of God, not expressions of his own anger. Divine curses will work long; and we have our eyes darkened, if we are bowed down in worldly-mindedness.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But what saith the answer of God unto him?.... The divine response, or oracle, the , "Bath Kol", or voice from heaven; the still small voice of the Lord, which Elijah heard, 1 Kings 19:12,

I have reserved to myself; for his worship and service, to be partakers of his grace, inheritors of his kingdom, to show forth his praise, and for his name's sake, for his honour and glory: these he reserved in eternal election, in the council and covenant of peace; separated them in time from others by his grace, and preserved them from the general defection and apostasy: even

seven thousand men: meaning either that precise and exact number, which was but small in comparison of the very large multitude of persons that were in the ten tribes, or else a certain number for an uncertain:

who have not bowed the knee; a sign of reverence and adoration:

to the image of Baal; Jezebel's god, the god of the Zidonians; a name common to many of the "deities" of the Gentiles, and signifies "lord", or "master"; we read of "Baalim" in the plural number, for there were "lords many" of this name: in the Greek text the article is of the feminine gender, wherefore our translators have supplied the word image. This word has, in the Septuagint version, sometimes a feminine article as here; see 2 Kings 21:3; but in 1 Kings 19:18, from whence this passage is taken, the article is masculine, as it is also in Judges 2:11, and in other places. This deity being either of both sexes, or of no distinguished sex; or it may be, the reason it has so often a feminine article is, because it was a young heifer, or in the form of one; so in the history of Tobias 1:5, it is said, that "all the tribes which apostatized together sacrificed", , "to Baal the heifer". The apostle's view in mentioning this instance is to show, that when the church and cause of God are at the lowest, God has always some true worshippers of him; and that he never casts away his foreknown people, whose numbers are generally more than they are thought to be by the saints themselves; good men, as Elijah, may be mistaken in this matter; all which he accommodates to the then present state of God's people, in Romans 11:5.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. seven thousand, that have not bowed the knee to Baal—not "the image of Baal," according to the supplement of our version.

Romans 11:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Remnant of Israel
3"Lord, THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS, THEY HAVE TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY ARE SEEKING MY LIFE." 4But what is the divine response to him? "I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL." 5In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God's gracious choice.…
Cross References
1 Kings 19:10
He replied, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too."

1 Kings 19:18
Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel--all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him."

Isaiah 4:3
Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem.
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But what said the answer of God to him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.

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1 Kings 19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which …

Baal.

Numbers 25:3 And Israel joined himself to Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD …

Deuteronomy 4:3 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all …

Judges 2:13 And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.

1 Kings 16:31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk …

2 Kings 10:19,20 Now therefore call to me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, …

Jeremiah 19:5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons …

Hosea 2:8 For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and …

Hosea 13:1 When Ephraim spoke trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when …

Zephaniah 1:4 I will also stretch out my hand on Judah, and on all the inhabitants …

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