Romans 8:26

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Likewise the spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what wee should pray for as wee ought: but the spirit it selfe maketh intercession for vs with groanings, which cannot bee vttered.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for {us} with groanings too deep for words;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And in like manner the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself maketh intercession for `us' with groanings which cannot be uttered;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And in the same way the Spirit is a help to our feeble hearts: for we are not able to make prayer to God in the right way; but the Spirit puts our desires into words which are not in our power to say;
- Basic English Bible

And in like manner the Spirit joins also its help to our weakness; for we do not know what we should pray for as is fitting, but the Spirit itself makes intercession with groanings which cannot be uttered.
- Darby Bible

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
- Webster's Bible

In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness; for we do not know what prayers to offer nor in what way to offer them. But the Spirit Himself pleads for us in yearnings that can find no words,
- Weymouth Bible

In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don't know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can't be uttered.
- World English Bible

And also the spirit helpith oure infirmyte; for what we schulen preie, as it bihoueth, we witen not, but the ilke spirit axith for vs with sorewyngis, that moun not be teld out.
- Wycliffe Bible

And, in like manner also, the Spirit doth help our weaknesses; for, what we may pray for, as it behoveth [us], we have not known, but the Spirit himself doth make intercession for us with groanings unutterable,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 8:26


8:26 Likewise the Spirit - Nay, not only the universe, not only the children of God, but the Spirit of God also himself, as it were, groaneth, while he helpeth our infirmities, or weaknesses. Our understandings are weak, particularly in the things of God our desires are weak; our prayers are weak. We know not - Many times. What we should pray for - Much less are we able to pray for it as we ought: but the Spirit maketh intercession for us - In our hearts, even as Christ does in heaven. With groanings - The matter of which is from ourselves, but the Spirit forms them; and they are frequently inexpressible, even by the faithful themselves.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 8:26


Ro 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity. While we are waiting in hope, but suffering, the Spirit is a helper of our weakness. It not only strengthens us, but helps us in prayer. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. We often do not know, in our ignorance, what is best. This is especially true in the times of the greatest trial. It was even an experience of our Lord in extremity (Joh 12:27,28) and of Paul (Php 1:22,23). But the Spirit itself. "The Spirit himself" (Revised Version). Observe the climax: The creation groans; we ourselves groan; the Spirit himself groans. The Spirit within us intercedes by groaning which are his, in that they are prompted by the Spirit. Augustine says: ``It is not in himself, nor in the substance of the Eternal and Blessed Trinity that he groans, but in us because he makes us groan.'' Groanings which cannot be uttered. Speechless groanings.

Discussion for Romans 8

  • Bob DeHaan
    This chapter of Romans I had not read in some time. I feel convicted that I need to better listen to the Holy Spirit than to the flesh. We Are so easily distracted from God's calling in our life because the world is constantly sucking us away from the Spirit.O Lord help me to study and walk tall as an overcomer in Christ. I stand each day on your promises.Thank you for your mercy and grace.
  • Librarygal143
    Nothing shall separate us, Praise Jesus!
  • Grace
    yes nothing, nothing at all can be in position to separate us from the love God whether death, persistent trails, lack sickness in this world. trails are always with us so we have to endure and look unto the cross. so if you are to forsake Christ it means it will be on a daily basis.
  • Geraldine cole
    We must be ready when he call us don't let no one come between u and God no matter what no one .u no family will try to break your spirit when they are unsaved but test the spirit see if it be of God then bind up the devil u see the devil want to steal your gifts and your gifts that Jesus has given us is in our spirit and out gifts are the works he has told us to do in this life Amen
  • BSP
    Verses 38 and 39 show that absolutely nothing, not even death itself, can separate us from God's love. That is such a comforting thought of how deep and powerful God's love is.
  • Bob Hucik
    There's more than sufficient evidence in this chapter of this letter to satisfy all who hunger for righteousness. Article 30 explains that if one repents, is baptized in the NAME of the Lord Jesus Christ you WILL receive the Holy Ghost. With the very Spirit of God residing in the one who follows Him they will they will diligently seek to see His Face and follow Him as a bride to wed Him-TRUE LOVE!

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