14 For (A)as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For (B)you did not receive the spirit of bondage again (C)to fear, but you received the (D)Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, (E)“Abba,[a] Father.” 16 (F)The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then (G)heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, (H)if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

From Suffering to Glory

18 For I consider that (I)the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For (J)the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For (K)the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of [b]corruption into the glorious (L)liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation (M)groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have (N)the firstfruits of the Spirit, (O)even we ourselves groan (P)within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the (Q)redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but (R)hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For (S)we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but (T)the Spirit Himself makes intercession [c]for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

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  1. Romans 8:15 Lit., in Aram., Father
  2. Romans 8:21 decay
  3. Romans 8:26 NU omits for us