Future Glory

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (A)are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for (B)the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation (C)was subjected to futility, not willingly, but (D)because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that (E)the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that (F)the whole creation (G)has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have (H)the firstfruits of the Spirit, (I)groan inwardly as (J)we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, (K)the redemption of our bodies. 24 For (L)in this hope we were saved. Now (M)hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we (N)wait for it with patience.

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For (O)we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but (P)the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And (Q)he who searches hearts knows what is (R)the mind of the Spirit, because[a] the Spirit (S)intercedes for the saints (T)according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together (U)for good,[b] for (V)those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he (W)foreknew he also (X)predestined (Y)to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be (Z)the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also (AA)justified, and those whom he justified he also (AB)glorified.

God's Everlasting Love

31 What then shall we say to these things? (AC)If God is for us, who can be[c] against us? 32 (AD)He who did not spare his own Son but (AE)gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? (AF)It is God who justifies. 34 (AG)Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—(AH)who is at the right hand of God, (AI)who indeed is interceding for us.[d] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

(AJ)“For your sake (AK)we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than (AL)conquerors through (AM)him who loved us.

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 8:27 Or that
  2. Romans 8:28 Some manuscripts God works all things together for good, or God works in all things for the good
  3. Romans 8:31 Or who is
  4. Romans 8:34 Or Is it Christ Jesus who died… for us?

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