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Romans 11:29 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For the gifts and the calling of God are not repented of.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For the gifts and calling of God [are] without repentance.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For the gifts and calling of God [are] without repentance.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For the gifts and the calling of God [are] not subject to repentance.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For, not to be regretted, are the gifts and the calling of God:—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for unrepented of [are] the gifts and the calling of God;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For Aloha turneth not in his gift and in his vocation.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For God is not changeable in his free gift and in his calling.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
gifts 5486
{5486} Prime
From G5483; a (divine) gratuity, that is, deliverance (from danger or passion); (specifically) a (spiritual) endowment, that is, (subjectively) religious qualification, or (objectively) miraculous faculty.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
calling 2821
{2821} Prime
From a shorter form of G2564; an invitation (figuratively).
of God 2316
{2316} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
[are] without repentance. 278
{0278} Prime
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and a presumed derivative of G3338; irrevocable.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Romans 11:28-29.

Romans 11:29

_ _ For the gifts and calling — “and the calling”

_ _ of God are without repentance — “not to be,” or “cannot be repented of.” By the “calling of God,” in this case, is meant that sovereign act by which God, in the exercise of His free choice, “called” Abraham to be the father of a peculiar people; while “the gifts of God” here denote the articles of the covenant which God made with Abraham, and which constituted the real distinction between his and all other families of the earth. Both these, says the apostle, are irrevocable; and as the point for which he refers to this at all is the final destiny of the Israelitish nation, it is clear that the perpetuity through all time of the Abrahamic covenant is the thing here affirmed. And lest any should say that though Israel, as a nation, has no destiny at all under the Gospel, but as a people disappeared from the stage when the middle wall of partition was broken down, yet the Abrahamic covenant still endures in the spiritual seed of Abraham, made up of Jews and Gentiles in one undistinguished mass of redeemed men under the Gospel — the apostle, as if to preclude that supposition, expressly states that the very Israel who, as concerning the Gospel, are regarded as “enemies for the Gentiles’ sakes,” are “beloved for the fathers’ sakes”; and it is in proof of this that he adds, “For the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance.” But in what sense are the now unbelieving and excluded children of Israel “beloved for the fathers’ sakes?” Not merely from ancestral recollections, as one looks with fond interest on the child of a dear friend for that friend’s sake [Dr. Arnold] — a beautiful thought, and not foreign to Scripture, in this very matter (see 2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8) — but it is from ancestral connections and obligations, or their lineal descent from and oneness in covenant with the fathers with whom God originally established it. In other words, the natural Israel — not “the remnant of them according to the election of grace,” but THE NATION, sprung from Abraham according to the flesh — are still an elect people, and as such, “beloved.” The very same love which chose the fathers, and rested on the fathers as a parent stem of the nation, still rests on their descendants at large, and will yet recover them from unbelief, and reinstate them in the family of God.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Romans 11:1-32.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Romans 11:29

For the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance — God does not repent of his gifts to the Jews, or his calling of the gentiles.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Romans 11:29

(15) For the gifts and calling of God [are] without repentance.

(15) The reason or proof: because the covenant made with that nation of everlasting life cannot be frustrated or in vain.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Numbers 23:19 God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
Malachi 3:6 For I [am] the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
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