ROMAS 11, 7-32REV. RALPH WARDLAW, D.D.Romans 11 7—32.**
WhAt then? Isrftel hath not obtuned that which he seeketh for; bnt theelection hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded (according as it is written^God bath given them the spirit of slnmber, eyes that they should not see, andears that they should not hear) unto this day. And David saith, Let their tablebe made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompense unto them,let their eyes be darkened that they may not see, and bow down their back al-way. I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: butrather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke themto jealousy. ow, if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the dimin-ishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? ForI speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I mag-nify mine office; if by any means I may provoke to emulation them which aremy flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them bethe reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life fromthe dead? For if the first-fiTiit be holy, the lump is also holy; and if the rootbe holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, andthou, being a wild olive-ti-ee, wert graffed in among them, and with them par-takest of the root and fatness of the olive-tree; boast not against the branches'but if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt saythen. The branches were broken o£f, that I might be gra£fed in. Well; becauseof unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not high-minded,but fear: for if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also sparenot thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them whichfell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness; other-wise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief,shall be graffed in : for God is able to graff them in again. For if thou wert cutout of the olive-tree, which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to na-ture into a good olive-tree; how much more shall these, which be the naturalbranches, be graffed into their own olive-tree? For I would not, brethren, thatye should be ignorant of this mystery, (lest ye should be wise in your own con-ceits,) that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gen-in. A2 LECTURE XLIX.