Romans 11
Wycliffe's Bible
1Therefore I say, Whether God hath put away his people? God forbid. For I am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the lineage of Benjamin. (And so I say, Hath God discarded his people? God forbid. For I am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.) 2God hath not put away his people, which he before-knew. Whether ye know not, what the scripture saith in Elias? (Do ye not know, what the Scripture saith in the story about Elijah?) How he prayeth God against Israel, 3Lord, they have slain thy prophets, they have under-delved thine altars, and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 4But what saith God's answer to him? I have left to me seven thousands of men, that have not bowed their knees before Baal. 5So therefore also in this time, the remnants be made safe (And so also in this time, a remnant hath been saved), by the choosing of the grace of God. 6And if it be by the grace of God, it is not now of works; else grace is not now grace.

7What then? Israel hath not gotten this that he sought, but election hath gotten (it); and the others be blinded.

8As it is written, God gave to them a spirit of compunction, eyes that they see not, and ears, that they hear not, into this day.

9And David saith, Be the board of them made into a snare before them (Let their table, or their feasts, be made into a snare for them), and into catching, and into (a) cause of stumbling, and into yielding [again] to them.

10Be the eyes of them made dark, (so) that they see not; and bow thou down always the back of them.

11Therefore I say, Whether they offended so, that they should fall down? God forbid. But by the guilt of them health is made to heathen men, that they, (the Israelites), (pur)sue them (But because of their guilt, salvation hath come to the Gentiles, so that they, the Israelites, follow them). 12(So) That if the guilt of them be (the) riches of the world, and the making less, (or the diminishing), of them be (the) riches of heathen men, (or of the Gentiles), how much more the plenty of them? 13But I say to you, heathen men, for as long as I am (an) apostle of heathen men, I shall honour my ministry, (or my service), (But I say to you, Gentiles, that as long as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I shall give honour to my ministry.) 14if in any manner I stir my flesh for to follow, and that I make some of them safe (and that I save some of them). 15For if the loss of them is the reconciling of the world, what is the taking up [of them], but (the giving of) life of dead men? [+no but (the giving of) life to (the) dead?] (nothing less than the giving of life to the dead/the giving of life from the dead!) 16For if a little part of that that is tasted be holy, the whole gobbet is holy; and if the root is holy, also the branches.

17What if any of the branches be broken, when thou were a wild olive tree, art grafted, (or art set in), among them, and art made (a) fellow of the root, and of the fatness of the olive tree, 18do not thou have glory, (or boast), against the branches. For if thou gloriest (For if thou boastest), thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19Therefore thou sayest, The branches be broken, (so) that I be grafted in, (or so that I be inset).

20Well, for unbelief the branches be broken; but thou standest by faith. Do not thou understand, (or savour), high things, but dread thou (them) (but fear them), 21for if God spared not the kindly branches (for if God did not spare the natural branches), [see thou] lest peradventure he spare not thee. 22Therefore see the goodness, and the fierceness of God; yea, the fierceness into them that fell down, but the goodness of God into thee, if thou dwellest in goodness, else also thou shalt be cut down. 23Yea, and they shall be set in, (or they shall be inset), if they dwell not in unbelief. For God is mighty, to set them in again. 24For if thou art cut down of the kindly wild olive tree, and against kind art set into a good olive tree, how much more they that be by kind, shall be set in their olive tree? (For if thou art cut down from the naturally wild olive tree, and against nature art grafted into a good, or a cultivated, olive tree, how much more then they who be of that very nature, shall be able to be grafted into their olive tree?)

25But, brethren, I will not, that ye not know this mystery, that ye be not wise to yourselves; for blindness hath fallen a part in Israel, till that the plenty of heathen men entered, (But, brothers, I do not desire, that ye do not know this mystery, so that ye do not think yourselves to be wise; for blindness hath fallen in part upon Israel, until the multitude of the Gentiles have entered,)

26and so all Israel should be made safe. As it is written, He shall come of Sion, that shall deliver, and turn away the wickedness of Jacob, (or the unpiety of Jacob). (and so all Israel shall be saved. As it is written, He shall come from Zion, who shall deliver them, and shall take away wickedness, or impiety, from Jacob.)

27And this testament to them of me (And this is my covenant with them), when I shall do away their sins.

28After the gospel they be enemies for you, but they be most dearworthy by the election, (or after the election), for the fathers. 29And the gifts and the calling of God be without repenting, (or without revoking). 30And as sometime also ye believed not to God, but now ye have gotten mercy for the unbelief of them; 31so and these now believed not into your mercy, (so) that also they get mercy. 32For God closed all things together in unbelief [Forsooth God closed together all things in unbelief], (so) that he have mercy on all.

33O! the highness of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowing, (or of the knowledge), of God [+O! the depth of the riches of wisdom and knowing of God]; how incomprehensible be his dooms (how incomprehensible be his judgements), and his ways be unsearchable. 34For why who knew the wit of the Lord (For who knew the mind, or the thinking, of the Lord), or who was his counsellor? 35or who former gave to him (or who first gave to him), and (after) it shall be requited [again] to him? 36For of him, and by him, and in him be all things. To him be glory into worlds [of worlds] (To him be glory forever and ever). Amen.


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