Romans 11:20
New International Version
Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble.

New Living Translation
Yes, but remember—those branches were broken off because they didn’t believe in Christ, and you are there because you do believe. So don’t think highly of yourself, but fear what could happen.

English Standard Version
That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear.

Berean Study Bible
That is correct: They were broken off because of unbelief, but you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid.

Berean Literal Bible
Rightly so: They were broken off by the unbelief, but you stand by faith. Do not be high minded, but be afraid.

King James Bible
Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

New King James Version
Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear.

New American Standard Bible
Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear;

NASB 1995
Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear;

NASB 1977
Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear;

Amplified Bible
That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand by your faith [as believers understanding the truth of Christ’s deity]. Do not be conceited, but [rather stand in great awe of God and] fear [Him];

Christian Standard Bible
True enough; they were broken off because of unbelief, but you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but beware,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
True enough; they were broken off by unbelief, but you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid.

American Standard Version
Well; by their unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by thy faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Fine, 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.

Contemporary English Version
That's true enough. But they were cut away because they did not have faith, and you are where you are because you do have faith. So don't be proud, but be afraid.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Well: because of unbelief they were broken off. But thou standest by faith: be not highminded, but fear.

English Revised Version
Well; by their unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by thy faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

Good News Translation
That is true. They were broken off because they did not believe, while you remain in place because you do believe. But do not be proud of it; instead, be afraid.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That's right! They were broken off because they didn't believe, but you remain on the tree because you do believe. Don't feel arrogant, but be afraid.

International Standard Version
That's right! They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you remain only because of faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid!

Literal Standard Version
By unbelief they were broken off, and you have stood by faith; do not be high-minded, but be fearing;

NET Bible
Granted! They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but fear!

New Heart English Bible
True; by their unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear;

Weymouth New Testament
This is true; yet it was their unbelief that cut them off, and you only stand through your faith.

World English Bible
True; by their unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by your faith. Don't be conceited, but fear;

Young's Literal Translation
by unbelief they were broken off, and thou hast stood by faith; be not high-minded, but be fearing;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Ingrafting of the Gentiles
19You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 20That is correct: They were broken off because of unbelief, but you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. 21For if God did not spare the natural branches, He will certainly not spare you either.…

Cross References
Romans 5:2
through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Romans 11:21
For if God did not spare the natural branches, He will certainly not spare you either.

Romans 12:3
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but think of yourself with sober judgment, according to the measure of faith God has given you.

Romans 12:16
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but enjoy the company of the lowly. Do not be conceited.

1 Corinthians 10:12
So the one who thinks he is standing firm should be careful not to fall.

1 Corinthians 15:1
Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, and in which you stand firm.

2 Corinthians 1:24
Not that we lord it over your faith, but we are fellow workers with you for your joy, because it is by faith that you stand firm.


Treasury of Scripture

Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Be not high minded, but fear:

Well.

John 4:17,18
The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: …

James 2:19
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

because.

Romans 3:3
For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

Acts 13:46,47
Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles…

Acts 18:6
And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

and.

Romans 5:1,2
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: …

2 Chronicles 20:20
And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

Isaiah 7:9
And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.

Be.

Romans 11:18
Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Romans 12:16
Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

Psalm 138:6
Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

but.

Proverbs 28:14
Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Isaiah 66:2
For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

1 Corinthians 10:12
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.









Verses 20, 21. - Well - the fact of the case is as you say; but why? - because of unbelief they were broken off; and thou standest by faith. Be not high-minded, but fear: for if God spared not the natural branches, neither will he spare thee. (So, rather than as in the Authorized Version, according to the best-supported readings.) Thou art on thy trial, as they were, and alike liable to be broken off for the like cause; their present rejection should inspire in thee, not boast-fullness, but fear. The question has been raised whether St. Paul (using, as he does, the terms σὺ and τινες τῶς κλάδων) has now the election and final salvation of individuals in view, or still only the calling to a state of salvation of races or communities of men - of the Jewish race on the one hand, and Gentile Churches on the other. The whole purport of this section of the Epistle (ch. 9, 10, 11.) seems to demand the latter view. (As to σὺ, see on ver. 17.) Besides, if by the broken-off branches were meant simply individual unbelievers, how could we explain their being "grafted in again" (vers. 23, 24), seeing that the contemplated restoration is regarded in vers. 25, 26 as something that is to take place in the possibly distant future, after "the fulness of the Gentiles" has come in? Thus this passage is really irrelevant to any doctrines about individual election and salvation that may have been built upon it. It is, however, important as confirming the general view of Divine election not being irrespective of the conditions of human faith and perseverance.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
That is correct:
καλῶς (kalōs)
Adverb
Strong's 2573: Well, nobly, honorably, rightly. Adverb from kalos; well.

They were broken off
ἐξεκλάσθησαν (exeklasthēsan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1575: To break off. From ek and klao; to exscind.

because of
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

unbelief,
ἀπιστίᾳ (apistia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 570: Unbelief, unfaithfulness, distrust. From apistos; faithlessness, i.e. disbelief, or unfaithfulness.

but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

you
σὺ (sy)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

stand
ἕστηκας (hestēkas)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 2476: A prolonged form of a primary stao stah'-o; to stand, used in various applications.

by faith.
πίστει (pistei)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4102: Faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.

{Do} not
μὴ (mē)
Adverb
Strong's 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

be arrogant,
ὑψηλὰ (hypsēla)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 5308: High, lofty. From hupsos; lofty.

but
ἀλλὰ (alla)
Conjunction
Strong's 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

be afraid.
φοβοῦ (phobou)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 5399: From phobos; to frighten, i.e. to be alarmed; by analogy, to be in awe of, i.e. Revere.


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