Romans 8:23

“And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And not only they, but our selues also which haue the first fruites of the spirit, euen we our selues groane within our selues, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for {our} adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for `our' adoption, `to wit', the redemption of our body.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And not only so, but we who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we have sorrow in our minds, waiting for the time when we will take our place as sons, that is, the salvation of our bodies.
- Basic English Bible

And not only [that], but even *we* ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, we also ourselves groan in ourselves, awaiting adoption, [that is] the redemption of our body.
- Darby Bible

And not only they, but ourselves also, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
- Webster's Bible

And more than that, we ourselves, though we possess the Spirit as a foretaste and pledge of the glorious future, yet we ourselves inwardly sigh, as we wait and long for open recognition as sons through the deliverance of our bodies.
- Weymouth Bible

Not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for adoption, the redemption of our body.
- World English Bible

And not oneli it, but also we vs silf, that han the first fruytis of the spirit, and we vs silf sorewen with ynne vs for the adopcioun of Goddis sonys, abidynge the ayenbiyng of oure bodi.
- Wycliffe Bible

And not only [so], but also we ourselves, having the first-fruit of the Spirit, we also ourselves in ourselves do groan, adoption expecting -- the redemption of our body;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 8:23


8:23 And even we, who have the first - fruits of the Spirit - That is, the Spirit, who is the first - fruits of our inheritance. The adoption - Persons who had been privately adopted among the Romans were often brought forth into the forum, and there publicly owned as their sons by those who adopted them. So at the general resurrection, when the body itself is redeemed from death, the sons of God shall be publicly owned by him in the great assembly of men and angels. The redemption of our body - From corruption to glory and immortality.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 8:23


Ro 8:23 Not only [they], but ourselves also. Not only does the world groan, but Christians, though they have the firstfruits of the Spirit, a pledge of a rich and full harvest, groan. There is an eager longing for the fuller enjoyment promised. Waiting for the adoption. We are already adopted children, but rather in expectation that in realization. We have not received the inheritance, the full "revealing of the sons of God" (Ro 8:19, Revised Version). The redemption of our body. When the full adoption comes, we will not have these poor, frail, dying bodies, subject to weakness, sinfulness and decay, but spiritual bodies. "For in this we do groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven" (2Co 5:2).

Discussion for Romans 8

  • J.McAdow
    Jesus always loves contrary to the worlds standards in terms of individuals he so chooses that also necessarily choose Him. Even our shameful nakedness could not make him turn away. Regarding sin. We are exposed. Our physical bodies in its flaws. Exposed. Allof our unattractiveness. Completely noticeable and apparent. Yet nothing can separate us from His all-powerful love.
  • Steve morrow
    EZEKIEL 18:31 cast away from you all your transgressions whereby you have transgressed and make you a new heart and a new spirit for why will you die o house of Israel 2 SAMUEL 23:2 the spirit of THE LORD --- spake by me --- and HIS word was in my tongue PSALM 52:4 thou lovest all devouring words o thou deceitful tongue Psalm 140:3 they have sharpened their tongues like a serpent adders poison is under their lips SELAH ACTS 19:6 and when paul had laid his hands upon them the holy spirit came on them and they spake with tongues and prophesied ROMANS 3:12 they are all gone out of the way they are together become unprofitable there is none that doeth good no not one --3:13--their throat is an open sepulcher with their tongues they have used deceit the poison of asps is under their lips 1 CORINTHIANS now brethren if I come unto you speaking with tongues what shall I profit you except I shall speak to you either by revelation or by knowledge or by prophesying or by doctrine ROMANS 10:2 for I bear them record that they have a zeal for GOD --- but not according to knowledge --- TITUS 2:1 but --- speak thou --- the things which become sound doctrine
  • LadyA
    Thank God for Jesus, As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.....
  • Lilian
    Jesus came in flesh and not as God so that you and I will have life in abundance inly thru Jesus that we can see that we have Abba Father who loves us the most. Jesus is the only gateway to heaven to connect our Spirit with the Holy Spirit of life. I will praise you and love you Jesus forever for your are worthy amen
  • Alex
    God wants everybody not just Israel, Moses stood in the gap for Israel but Christ stands in the gaps for the whole world,If I be lifted up i will draw all all men unto me. SCRIPTURE SAYS EVEN THE ISLANDS OF THE SEAS SHALL BE CONVERTED UNTO ME,GOD IS NO RESPECTOR OF PERSONS GOD SO LOVED TH WORLD, Jesus said out of the hearts of man proceeds all manner of evil, HE STOOD IN THE GAP FOR HUMANITY GBU.
  • A disciple
    "The whole human race deserved destruction..." We hear this kind of preaching a lot; and I have to admit, I too have parroted this idea. But we should really pay attention to the meaning in so many of the Lord's parables, about lost sheep, lost sons, etc. and the love and tender mercy of God, and His view of a lost and sinning world! Neither do I condemn thee; go, and sin no more! Freely forgiven!

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