Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1But I say, "Has God thrust away his people?" God forbid! I am also from Israel, from the seed of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 2God has not thrust away his people, who were known to him from the first, or do you not know the Scriptures in which Elijah spoke when he complained to God about Israel and he said: 3"My Lord, they have murdered your Prophets and they have toppled your altars, and I am left alone, and they seek my life"? 4It was said to him by revelation*, "Behold, I have left for myself 7000 men who have not bowed their knees and worshiped Baal." 5In the same way also at this time there is a remnant left in The Election of grace. 6But if it is by grace, it is not from works, or else grace is not grace. But if it is by works, it is not from grace, or else work is not work.
7Why therefore has not Israel found that which it was seeking, but The Election has found it and the rest of them were blinded in their hearts,
8According to what is written: "God gave them a spirit of frustration, and eyes that will not observe and ears that will not hear", even until today? *
9And again David said, "Their table shall be a trap before them and their reward, a stumbling block.
10Let their eyes be darkened, lest they see, and may their back always be bent over." *
11But I say, Did they stumble so that they would fall? God forbid! But by their offense, life came to the Gentiles, to their envy. 12And if their offense was wealth to the world, and their condemnation is wealth to the Gentiles, how much more therefore, their fullness? 13But I say to you Gentiles, I who am an Apostle of the Gentiles, I honor my ministry. 14Perhaps I may make my kindred jealous, and I may save some of them. 15For if their rejection was the reconciliation for the world, how much greater therefore is their return, if not life from the dead? 16But if the first fruits are holy, so is the substance. And if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17And if some of the branches were cut off and you, a wild olive tree, were grafted in their place, and you have become a partaker of the roots and of the fat of the olive tree, 18Do not boast against the branches; but if you boast, were you not supported by the roots, rather than the root being supported by you? 19Doubtless you will say, "The branches were cut off that I might be grafted in their place." 20Fine, these were cut off because they did not believe, but you have stood by faith. Do not be lifted up in your mind, but stand in awe. 21For if God did not show pity upon the natural branches, surely he will not show pity upon you. 22Behold therefore, the sweetness and the hardness of God; on those who fell, hardness, and on you, sweetness, if you abide in his sweetness, but if not, you will also be cut off. 23And if they do not continue in their utter lack of faith, they will also be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24For if you who are from a wild olive tree, which is your natural condition, were cut off and are grafted into the good olive tree apart from your natural condition, how much more will those surely be grafted into the olive tree of their own nature?
25I want you to know my brethren, this mystery, lest you would be wise in your own opinion, that blindness of heart has for a little time come to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles will come in.
26And then all Israel shall have life, according to what is written: "The Savior shall come from Zion and he shall turn away evil from Jacob,
27And then they shall have the covenant which comes from my presence, whenever I shall have forgiven* their sins."
28But they are enemies in The Gospel for your sake, and in The Election they are beloved because of The Patriarchs. 29For God does not change in his gifts and in his callings. 30Just as you also were not obeying God from the first and now you have been favored because of their disobedience, 31So also these have not obeyed, now mercy is upon you so that there shall be mercy upon them also. 32For God has shut every person into disobedience so that he shall have mercy upon every person.
33Oh, the depth of the wealth, the wisdom and the knowledge of God, for man has not searched his judgment and his ways are not traced! 34For who has known the mind of THE LORD JEHOVAH, or who has been a counselor to him? 35And who has first given to him and then has received from him? 36Because all is from him, and all is by him, and all is in his hand, that to him would be praises and blessings to the eternity of eternities. Amen.