Psalm 79-80Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
Faith amid Confusion
A psalm of Asaph.
1 God, the nations have invaded your inheritance,
5 How long, Lord? Will you be angry forever?
9 God of our salvation, help us—
12 Pay back sevenfold to our neighbors
A Prayer for Restoration
For the choir director: according to “The Lilies.” A testimony of Asaph. A psalm.
1 Listen, Shepherd of Israel,
4 Lord God of Armies,
8 You dug up a vine from Egypt;
12 Why have you broken down its walls
Romans 11:1-18Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
Israel’s Rejection Not Total
11 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? Absolutely not! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Or don’t you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he pleads with God against Israel? 3 Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars. I am the only one left, and they are trying to take my life![a] 4 But what was God’s answer to him? I have left seven thousand for myself who have not bowed down to Baal.[b] 5 In the same way, then, there is also at the present time a remnant chosen by grace. 6 Now if by grace, then it is not by works; otherwise grace ceases to be grace.[c]
7 What then? Israel did not find what it was looking for, but the elect did find it. The rest were hardened, 8 as it is written,
God gave them a spirit of stupor,
9 And David says,
Let their table become a snare and a trap,
Israel’s Rejection Not Final
11 I ask, then, have they stumbled so as to fall? Absolutely not! On the contrary, by their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel jealous. 12 Now if their transgression brings riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fullness bring!
13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Insofar as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if I might somehow make my own people[f] jealous and save some of them. 15 For if their rejection brings reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? 16 Now if the firstfruits are holy, so is the whole batch. And if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17 Now if some of the branches were broken off, and you, though a wild olive branch, were grafted in among them and have come to share in the rich root[g] of the cultivated olive tree, 18 do not boast that you are better than those branches. But if you do boast—you do not sustain the root, but the root sustains you.