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But if this is by grace, then it is no longer on the basis of actions. Otherwise, grace would no longer be grace.

What, then, does this mean?[a] It means that Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking, but the selected group obtained it while the rest were hardened. As it is written,

“To this day God has put them into[b] deep sleep.
    Their eyes do not see, and their ears do not hear.”[c]

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  1. Romans 11:7 The Gk. lacks does this mean
  2. Romans 11:8 Lit. has given them a spirit of
  3. Romans 11:8 Cf. Deut 29:4; Isa 29:10

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