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Romans 11:31

    Romans 11:31 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    even so have these also now been disobedient, that by the mercy shown to you they also may now obtain mercy.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So in the same way these have gone against the orders of God, so that by the mercy given to you they may now get mercy.

    Webster's Revision

    even so have these also now been disobedient, that by the mercy shown to you they also may now obtain mercy.

    World English Bible

    even so these also have now been disobedient, that by the mercy shown to you they may also obtain mercy.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    even so have these also now been disobedient, that by the mercy shewn to you they also may now obtain mercy.

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 11:31

    Even so have these also - In like manner the Jews are, through their infidelity, shut out of the kingdom of God: -

    That through your mercy - But this exclusion will not be everlasting; but this will serve to open a new scene when, through farther displays of mercy to you Gentiles, they also may obtain mercy - shall be received into the kingdom of God again; and this shall take place whenever they shall consent to acknowledge the Lord Jesus, and see it their privilege to be fellow heirs with the Gentiles of the grace of life.

    As sure, therefore, as the Jews were once in the kingdom, and the Gentiles were not; as sure as the Gentiles are now in the kingdom, and the Jews are not; so surely will the Jews be brought back into that kingdom.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 11:31

    Even so have these ... - That is, the Jews.

    That through your mercy ... - The immediate effect of the unbelief of the Jews was to confer salvation on the Gentiles, or to open the way for the preaching of the gospel to them. But its remote effect would be to secure the preaching of the gospel again to the Jews. Through the mercy, that is, the compassion or deep feeling of the converted Gentiles; through the deep and tender pity which they would feel for the blinded and degraded Jews: the gospel should be again carried to them, and they should be recalled to the long lost favor of God. Each party should thus cause salvation to come to the other - the Jews to the Gentiles by their unbelief; but the Gentiles, in their turn, to the Jews by their belief. We may here learn,

    (1) That the Jews are to be converted by the instrumentality of the Gentiles. It is not to be by miracle, but by the regular and common way in which God blesses people.

    (2) that this is to be done by the mercy, or compassion of the Gentiles; by their taking pity on the lost and wretched condition of the Jewish people.

    (3) it is to be when the abundance of the Gentiles - that is, when great numbers of the Gentiles - shall be called in.

    It may be asked here whether the time is not approaching for the Gentiles to make efforts to bring the Jews to the knowledge of the Messiah. Hitherto those efforts have been unsuccessful; but it will not always be so; the time is coming when the promises of God in regard to them shall be fulfilled. Christians shall be moved with deep compassion for the degraded and forsaken Jews, and they shall be called into the kingdom of God, and made efficient agents in extending the gospel through the whole world. May the time soon come when they shall feel as they should, for the rejected and forsaken children of Abraham, and when their labors for their conversion shall be attended with success.