ROMANS 11:20



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“Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:”

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Romans 11:20 Translation & Meaning

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Well; καλῶς· Well (usually morally) Well
because of τῇ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) because
unbelief ἀπιστίᾳ Faithlessness, i.e., (negatively) disbelief (lack of Christian faith), or (positively) unfaithfulness (disobedience) unbelief
they were broken off, ἐξεκλάσθησαν To exscind broken off
and δὲ But, and, etc and
thou σὺ Thou thou
standest ἕστηκας To stand (transitively or intransitively), used in various applications (literally or figuratively) standest
by τῇ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) by
faith. πίστει Persuasion, i.e., credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself faith
Be ὑψηλοφρόνει, To be lofty in mind, i.e., arrogant Be
not μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether not
highminded, ὑψηλοφρόνει, To be lofty in mind, i.e., arrogant highminded
but ἀλλὰ Properly, other things, i.e., (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations) but
fear: φοβοῦ· To frighten, i.e., (passively) to be alarmed; by analogy, to be in awe of, i.e., revere fear

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  • 18  Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

  • 19  Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.

  • 20  Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

  • 21  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

  • 22  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.


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