Romans 11-13 Bible in Basic English

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The Remnant of Israel

11 1  So I say, Has God put his people on one side? Let there be no such thought. For I am of Israel, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2  God has not put away the people of his selection. Or have you no knowledge of what is said about Elijah in the holy Writings? how he says words to God against Israel, 3  Lord, they have put your prophets to death, and made waste your altars, and now I am the last, and they are searching for me to take away my life. 4  But what answer does God make to him? I have still seven thousand men whose knees have not been bent to Baal. 5  In the same way, there are at this present time some who are marked out by the selection of grace. 6  But if it is of grace, then it is no longer of works: or grace would not be grace. 7  What then? That which Israel was searching for he did not get, but those of the selection got it and the rest were made hard. 8  As it was said in the holy Writings, God gave them a spirit of sleep, eyes which might not see, and ears which have no hearing, to this day. 9  And David says, Let their table be made a net for taking them, and a stone in their way, and a punishment: 10  Let their eyes be made dark so that they may not see, and let their back be bent down at all times.

The Salvation of the Gentiles

11  So I say, Were their steps made hard in order that they might have a fall? In no way: but by their fall salvation has come to the Gentiles, so that they might be moved to envy. 12  Now, if their fall is the wealth of the world, and their loss the wealth of the Gentiles, how much greater will be the glory when they are made full? 13  But I say to you, Gentiles, in so far as I am the Apostle of the Gentiles, I make much of my position: 14  If in any way those who are of my flesh may be moved to envy, so that some of them may get salvation by me. 15  For, if by their putting away, the rest of men have been made friends with God, what will their coming back again be, but life from the dead? 16  And if the first-fruit is holy, so is the mass: and if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17  But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, an olive-tree of the fields, were put in among them, and were given a part with them in the root by which the olive-tree is made fertile, 18  Do not be uplifted in pride over the branches: because it is not you who are the support of the root, but it is by the root that you are supported. 19  You will say, Branches were broken off so that I might be put in. 20  Truly, because they had no faith they were broken off, and you have your place by reason of your faith. Do not be lifted up in pride, but have fear; 21  For, if God did not have mercy on the natural branches, he will not have mercy on you. 22  See then that God is good but his rules are fixed: to those who were put away he was hard, but to you he has been good, on the condition that you keep in his mercy; if not, you will be cut off as they were. 23  And they, if they do not go on without faith, will be united to the tree again, because God is able to put them in again. 24  For if you were cut out of a field olive-tree, and against the natural use were united to a good olive-tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be united again with the olive-tree which was theirs?

The Restoration of Israel

25  For it is my desire, brothers, that this secret may be clear to you, so that you may not have pride in your knowledge, that Israel has been made hard in part, till all the Gentiles have come in; 26  And so all Israel will get salvation: as it is said in the holy Writings, There will come out of Zion the One who makes free; by him wrongdoing will be taken away from Jacob: 27  And this is my agreement with them, when I will take away their sins. 28  As far as the good news is in question, they are cut off from God on account of you, but as far as the selection is in question, they are loved on account of the fathers. 29  Because God's selection and his mercies may not be changed. 30  For as you, in time past, were not under the rule of God, but now have got mercy through their turning away, 31  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. 32  For God has let them all go against his orders, so that he might have mercy on them all.

33  O how deep is the wealth of the wisdom and knowledge of God! no one is able to make discovery of his decisions, and his ways may not be searched out. 34  Who has knowledge of the mind of the Lord? or who has taken part in his purposes? 35  Or who has first given to him, and it will be given back to him again? 36  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things. To him be the glory for ever. So be it.

Exhortations for Christian Living

12 1  For this reason I make request to you, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you will give your bodies as a living offering, holy, pleasing to God, which is the worship it is right for you to give him. 2  And let not your behaviour be like that of this world, but be changed and made new in mind, so that by experience you may have knowledge of the good and pleasing and complete purpose of God. 3  But I say to every one of you, through the grace given to me, not to have an over-high opinion of himself, but to have wise thoughts, as God has given to every one a measure of faith. 4  For, as we have a number of parts in one body, but all the parts have not the same use, 5  So we, though we are a number of persons, are one body in Christ, and are dependent on one another; 6  And having different qualities by reason of the grace given to us, such as the quality of a prophet, let it be made use of in relation to the measure of our faith; 7  Or the position of a Deacon of the church, let a man give himself to it; or he who has the power of teaching, let him make use of it; 8  He who has the power of comforting, let him do so; he who gives, let him give freely; he who has the power of ruling, let him do it with a serious mind; he who has mercy on others, let it be with joy. 9  Let love be without deceit. Be haters of what is evil; keep your minds fixed on what is good. 10  Be kind to one another with a brother's love, putting others before yourselves in honour; 11  Be not slow in your work, but be quick in spirit, as the Lord's servants; 12  Being glad in hope, quiet in trouble, at all times given to prayer, 13  Giving to the needs of the saints, ready to take people into your houses. 14  Give blessing and not curses to those who are cruel to you. 15  Take part in the joy of those who are glad, and in the grief of those who are sorrowing. 16  Be in harmony with one another. Do not have a high opinion of yourselves, but be in agreement with common people. Do not give yourselves an air of wisdom. 17  Do not give evil for evil to any man. Let all your business be well ordered in the eyes of all men. 18  As far as it is possible for you be at peace with all men. 19  Do not give punishment for wrongs done to you, dear brothers, but give way to the wrath of God; for it is said in the holy Writings, Punishment is mine, I will give reward, says the Lord. 20  But if one who has hate for you is in need of food or of drink, give it to him, for in so doing you will put coals of fire on his head. 21  Do not let evil overcome you, but overcome evil by good.

13 1  Let everyone put himself under the authority of the higher powers, because there is no power which is not of God, and all powers are ordered by God. 2  For which reason everyone who puts himself against the authority puts himself against the order of God: and those who are against it will get punishment for themselves. 3  For rulers are not a cause of fear to the good work but to the evil. If you would have no fear of the authority, do good and you will have praise; 4  For he is the servant of God to you for good. But if you do evil, have fear; for the sword is not in his hand for nothing: he is God's servant, making God's punishment come on the evil-doer. 5  So put yourselves under the authority, not for fear of wrath, but because you have the knowledge of what is right. 6  For the same reason, make payment of taxes; because the authority is God's servant, to take care of such things at all times.

7  Give to all what is their right: taxes to him whose they are, payment to him whose right it is, fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour is to be given. 8  Be in debt for nothing, but to have love for one another: for he who has love for his neighbour has kept all the law. 9  And this, Do not be untrue in married life, Do not put to death, Do not take what is another's, Do not have desire for what is another's, and if there is any other order, it is covered by this word, Have love for your neighbour as for yourself. 10  Love does no wrong to his neighbour, so love makes the law complete.

11  See then that the time has come for you to be awake from sleep: for now is your salvation nearer than when you first had faith. 12  The night is far gone, and the day is near: so let us put off the works of the dark, arming ourselves with light, 13  With right behaviour as in the day; not in pleasure-making and drinking, not in bad company and unclean behaviour, not in fighting and envy. 14  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not give thought to the flesh to do its desires.

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