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

  • Eric
    1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God for God is love. 1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
  • Lilian
    We must be Born Again in the Spirit and not in the flesh . For our flesh are sinful and will only die but only thru the Holy Spirit our body will be quicken up because of the righteousness. Thanks to the blood of Jesus. Amen
  • Craig
    Rom. 8:9b is very important, "if you have not the Spirit of Christ, you are none of his."
  • Ama
    for his word says seek ye first his kingdom, in seeking the kingdom on this earth is not easy lot of trials and temptations, but we should remember that he says in all things we are more than conquerors so we need not to be afraid but to wait for the all other things that is the glory that we will be getting after this, and it can never be compared to what we went through in seeking the kingdom.
  • Lilian
    Jesus had anointed us therefore no one can separate his anointed one from his love. For God is love we must love our neighbor as He loves us this is the strong words that he commanded us . Thanks to blood of Jesus that shed for us praise God forever amen
  • Dee.west
    When I read Romans 8:18, it reminds me of all the suffering we are required to endure. But, the one most glorious consolation for all that suffering, will be the revelation of Our soon coming King of God.

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