I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,
 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling block, and a recompence unto them:
 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.