Romans 8:15

“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For ye haue not receiued the spirit of bondage againe to feare: but ye haue receiued the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, father.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For ye received not the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For you did not get the spirit of servants again to put you in fear, but the spirit of sons was given to you, by which we say, Abba, Father.
- Basic English Bible

For ye have not received a spirit of bondage again for fear, but ye have received a spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
- Darby Bible

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, by which we cry, Abba, Father.
- Webster's Bible

You have not for the second time acquired the consciousness of being--a consciousness which fills you with terror. But you have acquired a deep inward conviction of having been adopted as sons--a conviction which prompts us to cry aloud, "Abba! our Father!"
- Weymouth Bible

For you didn't receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!"
- World English Bible

For ye han not take eftsoone the spirit of seruage in drede, but ye han taken the spirit of adopcioun of sones, in which we crien, Abba, fadir.
- Wycliffe Bible

for ye did not receive a spirit of bondage again for fear, but ye did receive a spirit of adoption in which we cry, `Abba -- Father.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 8:15


8:15 For ye - Who are real Christians. Have not received the spirit of bondage - The Holy Ghost was not properly a spirit of bondage, even in the time of the Old Testament. Yet there was something of bondage remaining even in those who then had received the Spirit. Again - As the Jews did before. We - All and every believer. Cry - The word denotes a vehement speaking, with desire, confidence, constancy. Abba, Father - The latter word explains the former. By using both the Syriac and the Greek word, St. Paul seems to point out the joint cry both of the Jewish and gentile believers. The spirit of bondage here seems directly to mean, those operations of the Holy Spirit by which the soul, on its first conviction, feels itself in bondage to sin, to the world, to Satan, and obnoxious to the wrath of God. This, therefore, and the Spirit of adoption, are one and the same Spirit, only manifesting itself in various operations, according to the various circumstances of the persons.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 8:15


Ro 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage. The time is referred to when they were born again, and entered the kingdom of God. They did not receive the spirit of bondage, of slavery to sin, so that they would obey its dictates, and thus be in fear of death. Instead, they received the Holy Spirit according to promise (Ac 2:38). But ye have received the Spirit of adoption. The Spirit God bestows upon those who are accepted as his children. Paul was writing to the Romans, among whom the adoption of children, not their own by nature, was common. They would understand this to mean that those converted, or born again, are adopted as children of God; upon those thus adopted he bestows his Spirit; this Spirit in their hearts produces a loving trust that enables them to address God as Father. Abba, Father. "Abba", Chaldee for "Father".

Discussion for Romans 8

  • Irene123
    HOPE - Rom. 8:24 - Ps. 130; 1 Cor. 9:10 - Lk. 9:62
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 8:11 BUT IF THE SPIRIT --- OF HIM --- THAT RAISED UP JESUS FROM THE DEAD DWELL IN YOU HE THAT RAISED UP CHRIST FROM THE DEAD SHALL ALSO QUICKEN YOUR MORTAL BODIES BY HIS SPIRIT THAT DWELLETH IN YOU PSALM 119:107 I AM AFFLICTED VERY MUCH QUICKEN ME O LORD ACCORDING TO THY WORD*** PSALM 119:50 THIS IS ---MY COMFORT --- IN MY AFFLICTION FOR THY WORD HATH QUICKENED ME***
  • Steve morrow
    ROM 8:39--HOW DOES GOD DEFINE HIS LOVE--JOHN 15:9 AS THE FATHER HATH LOVED ME SO HAVE I LOVED YOU CONTINUE YE IN MY LOVE 15:10 IF YOU KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS YOU SHALL ABIDE IN MY LOVE EVEN AS I HAVE KEPT MY FATHERS COMMANDMENTS AND ABIDE IN HIS LOVE 1 JOHN 5:3 FOR THIS IS THE LOVE OF GOD THAT WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS AND HIS COMMANDMENTS ARE NOT GRIEVOUS PRO 3:5 LEAN NOT UNTO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING
  • Brodeirck Green
    The one thing that I know from my own experience with God is that He will always be there when I need Him. Other than turning your back on Him denouncing Him , there is no sin that He won't forgive you for, so in knowing that there should be NO ONE or NOTHING that will be able to seperate you from the Love of God.
  • Niveah Blanchard
    Life, Nor Death it is like you own star world like you can live but die
  • Vera Ship
    This verse is my life. No matter what comes my way I know God has my back. There is nothing that can make me doubt my God. He is my all in all. I can depend on him to deliver me out of my trials and tribulations. In doing so I have development in knowing who he is.

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