The remnant (Rom 9:27)

“Isaiah cried out

Concerning Israel.

‘Though the number

Of the children of Israel

Be as the sands of the sea,

Only a remnant of them

Will be saved.’”

Ἡσαΐας δὲ κράζει ὑπὲρ τοῦ Ἰσραήλ Ἐὰν ᾖ ὁ ἀριθμὸς τῶν υἱῶν Ἰσραὴλ ὡς ἡ ἄμμος τῆς θαλάσσης, τὸ ὑπόλειμμα σωθήσεται·

Paul now cited Isaiah (Ἡσαΐας), chapter 10:22 that is like Hosea, chapter 1:10.  Isaiah cried out (δὲ κράζει) concerning Israel (ὑπὲρ τοῦ Ἰσραήλ).  “Though the number (Ἐὰν ᾖ ὁ ἀριθμὸς) of the children or sons of Israel (τῶν υἱῶν Ἰσραὴλ) be as the sands (ὡς ἡ ἄμμος) of the sea (τῆς θαλάσσης), only a remnant (τὸ ὑπόλειμμα) of them will be saved (σωθήσεται).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ὑπόλειμμα, that means a remnant, left behind, or left surviving.  Although Israel would have been as numerous as the sands of the sea, only a remnant of them would return from their exile.  Only a few of the Israelites would be saved.  Paul used this citation from Isaiah to point out that not all the Israelites were saved after the exile.  Have you ever heard of the remnant, the few who will be left as survivors?

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