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Parallel Bible results for Romans 8:18-39

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Romans 8:18-39

ESV 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. MSG 18 That's why I don't think there's any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. ESV 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. MSG 19 The created world itself can hardly wait for what's coming next. ESV 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope MSG 20 Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in ESV 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. MSG 21 until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens. ESV 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. MSG 22 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it's not only around us; it's within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We're also feeling the birth pangs. ESV 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. MSG 23 These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. ESV 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? MSG 24 That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don't see what is enlarging us. ESV 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. MSG 25 But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy. ESV 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. MSG 26 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. ESV 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. MSG 27 He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. ESV 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. MSG 28 That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. ESV 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. MSG 29 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. ESV 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. MSG 30 After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun. ESV 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? MSG 31 So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? ESV 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? MSG 32 If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us? ESV 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. MSG 33 And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? ESV 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died--more than that, who was raised--who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. MSG 34 Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us - who was raised to life for us! - is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. ESV 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? MSG 35 Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: ESV 36 As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." MSG 36 They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We're sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. ESV 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. MSG 37 None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. ESV 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, MSG 38 I'm absolutely convinced that nothing - nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, ESV 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. MSG 39 high or low, thinkable or unthinkable - absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.

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