What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain.(A) The elect among them did, but the others were hardened,(B) as it is written:

“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
    eyes that could not see
    and ears that could not hear,(C)
to this very day.”[a](D)

And David says:

“May their table become a snare and a trap,
    a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,(E)
    and their backs be bent forever.”[b](F)

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  1. Romans 11:8 Deut. 29:4; Isaiah 29:10
  2. Romans 11:10 Psalm 69:22,23

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