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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
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.
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.
Ethelware's comment on 2014-02-24 19:32:30:
ETHEL comment for V 26 OUR infirmities may refer to the presence of sin GROANINGs The spirit also groans along with creation and the believer The spirits interpretation of the believer innermost feelings which cannot be put into words The spirit search the heart
Kingsley's comment on 2014-01-24 03:17:41:
We as humans are limited by our senses,even when we pray,we do so according to our feelings,but when we pray in tongues, we are praying mysteries, praying the will of God. We are fixing things in the realm of the spirit which are not revealed to our senses.
Israel's comment on 2013-05-28 14:33:14:
I think the difference of the word intercession in the greek gives some light to this as well. The Greek word for Intercession in verse 26 is slightly different than in verse 27. The main difference is the preposition 'Huper', which is part of the word Intercession in verse 26, but not in verse 27. Since the preposition 'Huper' means both: In Behalf Of and Above in Time, honor, and position; this intercession is that of the Holy Spirit's (which is Above us in time, honor and position) and intercedes with our spirit. And since the Holy Spirit knows our infirmities and our hearts in creates this intercesssion. Any Opinions??
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