Romans 8:24
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New International Version
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?

New Living Translation
We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don't need to hope for it.

English Standard Version
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?

New American Standard Bible
For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?

King James Bible
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees?

International Standard Version
For we were saved with this hope in mind. Now a hope that can be observed is not really hope, for who hopes for what can be seen?

NET Bible
For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because we live in that hope; but hope that is seen is not hope, for if we see hope, why do we look for it?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We were saved with this hope in mind. If we hope for something we already see, it's not really hope. Who hopes for what can be seen?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For in hope we are saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for what a man sees, he does not wait for.

King James 2000 Bible
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why does he yet hope for?

American King James Version
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why does he yet hope for?

American Standard Version
For in hope were we saved: but hope that is seen is not hope: for who hopeth for that which he seeth?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen, is not hope. For what a man seeth, why doth he hope for?

Darby Bible Translation
For we have been saved in hope; but hope seen is not hope; for what any one sees, why does he also hope?

English Revised Version
For by hope were we saved: but hope that is seen is not hope: for who hopeth for that which he seeth?

Webster's Bible Translation
For we are saved by hope: But hope that is seen, is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

Weymouth New Testament
It is *in hope* that we have been saved. But an object of hope is such no longer when it is present to view; for when a man has a thing before his eyes, how can he be said to hope for it?

World English Bible
For we were saved in hope, but hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for that which he sees?

Young's Literal Translation
for in hope we were saved, and hope beheld is not hope; for what any one doth behold, why also doth he hope for it?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:18-25 The sufferings of the saints strike no deeper than the things of time, last no longer than the present time, are light afflictions, and but for a moment. How vastly different are the sentence of the word and the sentiment of the world, concerning the sufferings of this present time! Indeed the whole creation seems to wait with earnest expectation for the period when the children of God shall be manifested in the glory prepared for them. There is an impurity, deformity, and infirmity, which has come upon the creature by the fall of man. There is an enmity of one creature to another. And they are used, or abused rather, by men as instruments of sin. Yet this deplorable state of the creation is in hope. God will deliver it from thus being held in bondage to man's depravity. The miseries of the human race, through their own and each other's wickedness, declare that the world is not always to continue as it is. Our having received the first-fruits of the Spirit, quickens our desires, encourages our hopes, and raises our expectations. Sin has been, and is, the guilty cause of all the suffering that exists in the creation of God. It has brought on the woes of earth; it has kindled the flames of hell. As to man, not a tear has been shed, not a groan has been uttered, not a pang has been felt, in body or mind, that has not come from sin. This is not all; sin is to be looked at as it affects the glory of God. Of this how fearfully regardless are the bulk of mankind! Believers have been brought into a state of safety; but their comfort consists rather in hope than in enjoyment. From this hope they cannot be turned by the vain expectation of finding satisfaction in the things of time and sense. We need patience, our way is rough and long; but He that shall come, will come, though he seems to tarry.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 24, 25. - For by (or, in) hope we were saved; not are saved, as in the Authorized Version. The aorist ἐσώθημεν, like ἐλάβετε in ver. 15, points to the time of conversion. The dative ἐλπίδι, which has no preposition before it, seems here, to have a modal rather than medial sense; for faith, not hope, is that whereby we are ever said to be saved. The meaning is that when the state of salvation was entered upon, hope was an essential element in its appropriation. A condition, not of attainment, but of hope, is therefore the normal condition of the regenerate now; and so, after shortly pointing out the very meaning of hope, the apostle enforces his previous conclusion, that they must be content at present to wait with patience. But hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Now comes in a further thought, and a very interesting one.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For we are saved by hope,.... We who have received the firstfruits, who were in a lost perishing condition, and by nature no better than others, than the Gentiles, are saved by sin and wrath to come by Christ, with a spiritual and everlasting salvation. They were already saved in the preparations and purposes of God; in the covenant of grace; in the arms and hands of Christ, through his purchase; and as considered in him; and with respect to the inchoation and application of salvation, in effectual calling, and their right unto it by the righteousness of Christ; and with regard to the certainty of it, in faith and hope: the manner in which they are said to be saved, is "by", or "in hope"; not that hope is the cause of salvation, but the means by which souls are brought to the enjoyment of it; salvation, or glory, is the object of it:

but hope that is seen, is not hope; for what a man seeth why doth he yet hope for? in the former clause, "hope" signifies the grace itself, but here the object of it; which is represented as unseen, not yet fully enjoyed, something future, and to be hoped for; as the resurrection of the dead, which is the object of hope, and is unseen, and even incredible to carnal reason, and is to come, and good foundation there is in divine revelation, to hope for it; and the hope of it is of great use to the saints, whilst in this world of trouble: eternal glory and happiness is also the object of the hope of believers; it is said to be the hope of their calling, which they are called by grace to; the hope of righteousness, which the righteousness of Christ is the ground and foundation of; and that blessed hope, the sum of their happiness; and hope laid up for them in heaven, where it is safe and secure; all which is unseen, and yet to come; but good reason there is to hope for it, since the Scriptures of truth so clearly express it; and the person, blood, and righteousness of Christ, lay such a solid foundation for hope of it: the Alexandrian copy reads, "why doth he yet wait for?" and so the Ethiopic version, with which agrees the Syriac version, reading the whole, "for if we see it, why should we wait for it?"

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. For we are saved by hope—rather, "For in hope we are saved"; that is, it is more a salvation in hope than as yet in actual possession.

but hope that is seen is not hope—for the very meaning of hope is, the expectation that something now future will become present.

for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?—the latter ending when the other comes.

Romans 8:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Future Glory
23And 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. 24For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.…
Cross References
Romans 4:18
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be."

Romans 8:20
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope

2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 5:7
For we live by faith, not by sight.

1 Thessalonians 5:8
But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

Titus 3:7
so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Treasury of Scripture

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why does he yet hope for?

saved.

Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, …

Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Romans 15:4,13 For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning…

Psalm 33:18,22 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on them that fear him, on them that …

Psalm 146:5 Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is …

Proverbs 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous has …

Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusts in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

Zechariah 9:12 Turn you to the strong hold, you prisoners of hope: even to day do …

1 Corinthians 13:13 And now stays faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest …

Galatians 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Colossians 1:5,23,27 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard …

1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate …

2 Thessalonians 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which …

Titus 2:11-13 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…

Hebrews 6:18,19 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God …

1 Peter 1:3,21 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…

1 John 3:3 And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

but hope.

2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things …

2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

1 Peter 1:10,11 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, …

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