The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God1 to be revealed.
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it,2 in hope
thata the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay3 and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.422
We know that the whole creation has been groaning5 as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,6 groan7 inwardly as we wait eagerly8 for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.924
For in this hope we were saved.10 But hope that is seen is no hope at all.11 Who hopes for what he already has?
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.1226
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit13 himself intercedes for us14 with groans that words cannot express.
And he who searches our hearts15 knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes16 for the saints in accordance with God's will.
And we know that in all things God works for the good17 of those who love him,b whoc have been called18 according to his purpose.1929
For those God foreknew20 he also predestined21 to be conformed to the likeness of his Son,22 that he might be the firstborn23 among many brothers.