18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (A)are not worthy to be compared with the (B)glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the (C)eagerly awaiting creation waits for (D)the revealing of the (E)sons and daughters of God. 20 For the creation (F)was subjected to (G)futility, not willingly, but (H)because of Him who subjected it, [a]in hope 21 that (I)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 (J)groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 (K)And not only that, but also we ourselves, having (L)the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves (M)groan within ourselves, (N)waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons and daughters, (O)the redemption of our body. 24 For (P)in hope we have been saved, but (Q)hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But (R)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 (S)we do not know what to pray for as we should, but (T)the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with [b]groanings too deep for words; 27 and (U)He who searches the hearts knows what (V)the mind of the Spirit is, because He (W)intercedes for the [c]saints according to the will of God.

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  1. Romans 8:20 Or in hope; because the creation
  2. Romans 8:26 Lit wordless groanings
  3. Romans 8:27 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people

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