Deliverance from Bondage

Therefore there is now no (A)condemnation at all for those who are (B)in (C)Christ Jesus. For (D)the law of the Spirit of life [a]in (E)Christ Jesus (F)has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For (G)what the Law could not do, [b](H)weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in (I)the likeness of [c]sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the (J)requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us who (K)do not walk [d]according to the flesh but [e]according to the Spirit. For those who are in accord with the flesh set their minds on (L)the things of the flesh, but those who are in accord with the Spirit, (M)the things of the Spirit. (N)For the mind [f]set on the flesh is (O)death, but the mind [g]set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind [h]set on the flesh is (P)hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are (Q)in the flesh cannot please God.

However, you are not (R)in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God (S)dwells in you. But (T)if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10 (U)If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is [i]alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who (V)raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, (W)He who raised (X)Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies [j]through His Spirit who dwells in you.

12 So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13 for (Y)if you are living in accord with the flesh, you are going to die; but if by the Spirit you are (Z)putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are (AA)being led by the Spirit of God, these are (AB)sons and daughters of God. 15 For you (AC)have not received a spirit of slavery [k]leading to fear again, but you (AD)have received [l]a spirit of adoption as sons and daughters by which we cry out, “(AE)Abba! [m]Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself (AF)testifies with our spirit that we are (AG)children of God, 17 and if children, (AH)heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, (AI)if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (AJ)are not worthy to be compared with the (AK)glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the (AL)eagerly awaiting creation waits for (AM)the revealing of the (AN)sons and daughters of God. 20 For the creation (AO)was subjected to (AP)futility, not willingly, but (AQ)because of Him who subjected it, [n]in hope 21 that (AR)the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation (AS)groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 (AT)And not only that, but also we ourselves, having (AU)the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves (AV)groan within ourselves, (AW)waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons and daughters, (AX)the redemption of our body. 24 For (AY)in hope we have been saved, but (AZ)hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But (BA)if we hope for what we do not see, through perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

Our Victory in Christ

26 Now in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for (BB)we do not know what to pray for as we should, but (BC)the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with [o]groanings too deep for words; 27 and (BD)He who searches the hearts knows what (BE)the mind of the Spirit is, because He (BF)intercedes for the [p]saints according to the will of God.

28 And we know that [q]God [r]causes (BG)all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are (BH)called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He (BI)foreknew, He also (BJ)predestined to become (BK)conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the (BL)firstborn among many brothers and sisters; 30 and these whom He (BM)predestined, He also (BN)called; and these whom He called, He also (BO)justified; and these whom He justified, He also (BP)glorified.

31 (BQ)What then shall we say to these things? (BR)If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who (BS)did not spare His own Son, but (BT)delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring charges against (BU)God’s elect? (BV)God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who (BW)condemns? Christ Jesus is He who (BX)died, but rather, was [s](BY)raised, who is (BZ)at the right hand of God, who also (CA)intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from (CB)the love of [t]Christ? Will (CC)tribulation, or trouble, or (CD)persecution, or (CE)famine, or (CF)nakedness, or (CG)danger, or sword? 36 Just as it is written:

(CH)For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We were regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly (CI)conquer through (CJ)Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither (CK)death, nor life, nor (CL)angels, nor principalities, nor (CM)things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from (CN)the love of God that is (CO)in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Deep Concern for Israel

(CP)I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying; my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For (CQ)I could [u]wish that I myself were (CR)accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my countrymen, my kinsmen (CS)according to the flesh, who are (CT)Israelites, to whom belongs (CU)the adoption as sons and daughters, (CV)the glory, (CW)the covenants, (CX)the giving of the Law, (CY)the temple service, and (CZ)the promises; whose are (DA)the fathers, and (DB)from whom is the [v]Christ according to the flesh, (DC)who is over all, (DD)God (DE)blessed [w]forever. Amen.

But it is not as though (DF)the word of God has failed. (DG)For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; nor are they all children (DH)because they are Abraham’s [x](DI)descendants, but: “[y](DJ)through Isaac your [z]descendants shall be named.” That is, it is not the children of the flesh [aa]who are (DK)children of God, but the (DL)children of the promise are regarded as [ab](DM)descendants. For this is the word of promise: “(DN)At this time I will come, and Sarah will have a son.” 10 (DO)And not only that, but there was also (DP)Rebekah, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; 11 for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that (DQ)God’s purpose according to His choice would [ac]stand, not [ad]because of works but [ae]because of Him who calls, 12 it was said to her, “(DR)The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written: “(DS)Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”

14 (DT)What shall we say then? (DU)There is no injustice with God, is there? [af](DV)Far from it! 15 For He says to Moses, “(DW)I will have mercy on whomever I have mercy, and I will show compassion to whomever I show compassion.” 16 So then, it does not depend on the person who [ag]wants it nor the one who [ah](DX)runs, but on (DY)God who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “(DZ)For this very reason I raised you up, in order to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed [ai]throughout the earth.” 18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He (EA)hardens whom He desires.

19 (EB)You will say to me then, “(EC)Why does He still find fault? For (ED)who has resisted His will?” 20 On the contrary, who are you, [aj](EE)you foolish person, who (EF)answers back to God? (EG)The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 Or does the potter not have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one object [ak]for honorable use, and another [al]for common use? 22 [am]What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with great (EH)patience objects of wrath (EI)prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so to make known (EJ)the riches of His glory upon (EK)objects of mercy, which He (EL)prepared beforehand for glory, 24 namely us, whom He also (EM)called, (EN)not only from among Jews, but also from among Gentiles, 25 as He also says in Hosea:

(EO)I will call those who were not My people, ‘My people,’
And her who was not beloved, ‘beloved.’”
26 (EP)And it shall be that in the place where it was said to them, ‘you are not My people,’
There they shall be called sons of (EQ)the living God.”

27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “(ER)Though the number of the sons of Israel may be (ES)like the sand of the sea, only (ET)the remnant will be saved; 28 (EU)for the Lord will execute His word on the earth, [an]thoroughly and [ao]quickly.” 29 And just as Isaiah foretold:

(EV)If (EW)the Lord [ap]of armies had not left us [aq](EX)descendants,
(EY)We would have become like Sodom, and would have [ar]been like Gomorrah.”

30 (EZ)What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, but (FA)the righteousness that is [as]by faith; 31 however, Israel, (FB)pursuing a law of righteousness, did not (FC)arrive at that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it [at]by faith, but as though they could [au]by works. They stumbled over (FD)the stumbling stone, 33 just as it is written:

(FE)Behold, I am laying in Zion (FF)a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense,
(FG)And the one who believes in Him (FH)will not be [av]put to shame.”


  1. Romans 8:2 Or has set you free in Christ Jesus
  2. Romans 8:3 Lit in which it was weak
  3. Romans 8:3 Lit flesh of sin
  4. Romans 8:4 Or in accordance with
  5. Romans 8:4 Or in accordance with
  6. Romans 8:6 Lit of the
  7. Romans 8:6 Lit of the
  8. Romans 8:7 Lit of the
  9. Romans 8:10 Lit life
  10. Romans 8:11 One early ms because of
  11. Romans 8:15 Lit for fear again
  12. Romans 8:15 Or the Spirit
  13. Romans 8:15 Gr translation of the Aramaic Abba provided by Paul
  14. Romans 8:20 Or in hope; because the creation
  15. Romans 8:26 Lit wordless groanings
  16. Romans 8:27 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  17. Romans 8:28 One early ms He; i.e., God
  18. Romans 8:28 Or in all things works together with those...for good
  19. Romans 8:34 One early ms raised from the dead
  20. Romans 8:35 Two early mss God
  21. Romans 9:3 Lit pray
  22. Romans 9:5 I.e., Messiah
  23. Romans 9:5 Lit unto the ages
  24. Romans 9:7 Lit seed
  25. Romans 9:7 Lit in
  26. Romans 9:7 Lit seed
  27. Romans 9:8 Lit these
  28. Romans 9:8 Lit seed
  29. Romans 9:11 Lit remain
  30. Romans 9:11 Lit from
  31. Romans 9:11 Lit from
  32. Romans 9:14 Lit May it never happen!
  33. Romans 9:16 Or wills nor
  34. Romans 9:16 I.e., to win mercy or favor
  35. Romans 9:17 Lit in all
  36. Romans 9:20 Lit O
  37. Romans 9:21 Lit for honor
  38. Romans 9:21 Lit for dishonor
  39. Romans 9:22 Lit But
  40. Romans 9:28 Lit finishing it
  41. Romans 9:28 Lit cutting it short
  42. Romans 9:29 Gr sabaoth, for Heb tsebaoth (armies)
  43. Romans 9:29 Lit seed
  44. Romans 9:29 Lit been made like
  45. Romans 9:30 Lit out of
  46. Romans 9:32 Lit out of
  47. Romans 9:32 Lit out of
  48. Romans 9:33 Or disappointed

In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time (A)a remnant according to God’s [a]gracious choice. But (B)if it is by grace, it is no longer [b]on the basis of works, since otherwise grace is no longer grace.

What then? What (C)Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but [c]those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were (D)hardened; just as it is written:

(E)God gave them a spirit of stupor,
Eyes to see not and ears to hear not,
Down to this very day.”

And David says,

(F)May their table become a snare and a trap,
And a stumbling block and a retribution to them.
10 (G)May their eyes be darkened to see not,
And bend their backs continually.”

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  1. Romans 11:5 Lit choice of grace
  2. Romans 11:6 Lit out of
  3. Romans 11:7 Lit the election

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