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Romans 11:25-36 The Passion Translation (TPT)

The Mystery of Israel’s Restoration

25 My beloved brothers and sisters, I want to share with you[a] a mystery[b] concerning Israel’s future. For understanding this mystery will keep you from thinking you already know everything.

A partial and temporary hardening[c] to the gospel has come over Israel, which will last until the full number of non-Jews has come into God’s family. 26 And then God will bring all of Israel to salvation! The prophecy will be fulfilled that says:

“Coming from Zion will be the Savior,
    and he will turn Jacob away from evil.[d]
27 For this is my covenant promise with them
    when I forgive their sins.”[e]

28 Now, many of the Jews are opposed to the gospel, but their opposition has opened the door of the gospel to you who are not Jewish. Yet they are still greatly loved by God because their ancestors were divinely chosen to be his. 29 And when God chooses someone and graciously imparts gifts to him, they are never rescinded.[f]

30 You who are not Jews were once rebels against God, but now, because of their disobedience, you have experienced God’s tender mercies. 31 And now they are the rebels, and because of God’s tender mercies to you, you can open the door to them to share in and enjoy what God has given to us!

32 Actually, God considers all of humanity to be prisoners of their unbelief, so that he can unlock our hearts and show his tender mercies to all who come to him.

33 Who could ever wrap their minds around the riches of God, the depth of his wisdom, and the marvel of his perfect knowledge? Who could ever explain the wonder of his decisions[g] or search out the mysterious way he carries out his plans?

34 For who has discovered how the Lord thinks
    or is wise enough to be the one
    to advise him in his plans?[h]

35 Or:

“Who has ever first given something to God
    that obligates God to owe him something in return?”[i]

36 And because God is the source and sustainer of everything, everything finds fulfillment in him. May all praise and honor be given to him forever! Amen!


  1. Romans 11:25 The Greek text contains a litotes, a double negative: “I don’t want you to not know.”
  2. Romans 11:25 The Greek word for mystery, mystērion, is found twenty-eight times in the New Testament. It means a sacred secret, something that God has hidden from ancient times and that can only be revealed by God. Jesus teaches us that these mysteries are meant for us to perceive as part of our kingdom birthright. See Matt. 13:11. The mystery Paul unfolds for us here is the partial insensitivity of Israel, as well as her future salvation as part of God’s eternal plan for the nations.
  3. Romans 11:25 The Greek word for hardening, porosis, can also mean stubbornness, an unwillingness to learn something new.
  4. Romans 11:26 The Aramaic can also mean “the evil one.” See Isa. 59:20-21.
  5. Romans 11:27 See Isa. 27:9.
  6. Romans 11:29 Or “the grace-gifts and calling of God are void of regret and without change in purpose.” See Isa. 27:9; Jer. 31:33-34.
  7. Romans 11:33 Or “judgments,” which does not necessarily imply something negative.
  8. Romans 11:34 See Isa. 40:13.
  9. Romans 11:35 See Job 41:11.
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