Romans 8:27
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New International Version
And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God's people in accordance with the will of God.

New Living Translation
And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will.

English Standard Version
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.

New American Standard Bible
and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

King James Bible
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit's mind-set, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

International Standard Version
and the one who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, for the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to God's will.

NET Bible
And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes on behalf of the saints according to God's will.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he who searches the hearts knows what the mind of The Spirit is, for he is praying according to the will of God in the place of the Saints.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The one who searches our hearts knows what the Spirit has in mind. The Spirit intercedes for God's people the way God wants him to.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he that searches the hearts knows what is the desire of the Spirit, that according to the will of God, he makes entreaty for the saints.

King James 2000 Bible
And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

American King James Version
And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

American Standard Version
and he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he that searcheth the hearts, knoweth what the Spirit desireth; because he asketh for the saints according to God.

Darby Bible Translation
But he who searches the hearts knows what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he intercedes for saints according to God.

English Revised Version
and he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints, according to the will of God.

Weymouth New Testament
and the Searcher of hearts knows what the Spirit's meaning is, because His intercessions for God's people are in harmony with God's will.

World English Bible
He who searches the hearts knows what is on the Spirit's mind, because he makes intercession for the saints according to God.

Young's Literal Translation
and He who is searching the hearts hath known what is the mind of the Spirit, because according to God he doth intercede for saints.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:26,27 Though the infirmities of Christians are many and great, so that they would be overpowered if left to themselves, yet the Holy Spirit supports them. The Spirit, as an enlightening Spirit, teaches us what to pray for; as a sanctifying Spirit, works and stirs up praying graces; as a comforting Spirit, silences our fears, and helps us over all discouragements. The Holy Spirit is the spring of all desires toward God, which are often more than words can utter. The Spirit who searches the hearts, can perceive the mind and will of the spirit, the renewed mind, and advocates his cause. The Spirit makes intercession to God, and the enemy prevails not.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he that searcheth the hearts,.... This is peculiar to God, and a "periphrasis" of him; angels, neither good nor bad, can search into the hearts of men; one man cannot know the heart of another, nor any man fully know his own; this is the prerogative of God: and

he knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit; not the spirit of men, but of God: that affectionate desire and meaning of the Spirit of God, in the unalterable groans of the saints; he knows the wise meaning there is in them, for so may signify, and is opposed to the carnal mind, or wisdom of the flesh, which desires foolish things. The searcher of hearts knows this, not barely by his omniscience, but he regards it, approves of it, attends, and gives an answer to it; which is no small encouragement to pray, though it be but with sighs and groans unutterable; since the omniscient God understands, and respects such kind of prayer: and the reason is,

because he, the Spirit of God,

maketh intercession for the saints, according to the will of God; the persons for whom he intercedes are saints: to whom Christ is made sanctification; who are called to be saints; are sanctified by the Spirit of God, and walk after him: now such are the objects of God's delight, they are chosen by him, preserved in Christ, and have his righteousness imputed to them; to these he has made known his Gospel, has given his grace, and will at last the inheritance; so that intercession made for such will certainly be regarded: it may be rendered, "he maketh intercession for holy things according to God"; for spiritual blessings, divine favours, things that belong to God; or divine things, which are agreeably to his nature and will: and since it is the Holy Spirit that makes intercession, and the persons are holy for whom he makes it, and this is made for holy things, and all according to the will of God, which the Spirit of God must fully know, saints may be confident of the prevalence and success of such intercession.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

27. And—rather, "But," inarticulate though these groanings be.

he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he—the Spirit

maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God—As the Searcher of hearts, He watches the surging emotions of them in prayer, and knows perfectly what the Spirit means by the groanings which He draws forth within us, because that blessed Intercessor pleads by them only for what God Himself designs to bestow.

Note, (1) Are believers "led by the Spirit of God" (Ro 8:14)? How careful then should they be not to "grieve the Holy Spirit of God" (Eph 4:30)! Compare Ps 32:8, 9: "I will … guide thee with Mine eye. Be not (then) as the horse, or as the mule," &c. (2) "The spirit of bondage," to which many Protestants are "all their lifetime subject," and the "doubtsome faith" which the Popish Church systematically inculcates, are both rebuked here, being in direct and painful contrast to that "spirit of adoption," and that witness of the Spirit, along with our own spirit, to the fact of our sonship, which it is here said the children of God, as such, enjoy (Ro 8:15, 16). (3) As suffering with Christ is the ordained preparation for participating in this glory, so the insignificance of the one as compared with the other cannot fail to lighten the sense of it, however bitter and protracted (Ro 8:17, 18). (4) It cannot but swell the heart of every intelligent Christian to think that if external nature has been mysteriously affected for evil by the fall of man, it only awaits his completed recovery, at the resurrection, to experience a corresponding emancipation from its blighted condition into undecaying life and unfading beauty (Ro 8:19-23). (5) It is not when believers, through sinful "quenching of the Spirit," have the fewest and faintest glimpses of heaven, that they sigh most fervently to be there; but, on the contrary, when through the unobstructed working of the Spirit in their hearts, "the first-fruits" of the glory to be revealed are most largely and frequently tasted, then, and just for that reason, is it that they "groan within themselves" for full redemption (Ro 8:23). For thus they reason: If such be the drops, what will the ocean be? If thus "to see through a glass darkly" be so very sweet, what will it be to "see face to face?" If when "my Beloved stands behind our wall, looking forth at the windows, showing Himself through the lattice" (So 2:9)—that thin veil which parts the seen from the unseen—if He is even thus to me "Fairer than the children of men," what shall He be when He stands confessed before my undazzled vision, the Only-begotten of the Father in my own nature, and I shall be like Him, for I shall see Him as He is? (6) "The patience of hope" (1Th 1:3) is the fitting attitude for those who with the joyful consciousness that they are already "saved" (2Ti 1:9; Tit 3:5), have yet the painful consciousness that they are saved but in part: or, "that being justified by His grace, they are made (in the present state) heirs according to the hope (only) of eternal life," Tit 3:7 (Ro 8:24, 25). (7) As prayer is the breath of the spiritual life, and the believer's only effectual relief under the "infirmity" which attaches to his whole condition here below, how cheering is it to be assured that the blessed Spirit, cognizant of it all, comes in aid of it all; and in particular, that when believers, unable to articulate their case before God, can at times do nothing but lie "groaning" before the Lord, these inarticulate groanings are the Spirit's own vehicle for conveying into "the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth" their whole case; and come up before the Hearer of prayer as the Spirit's own intercession in their behalf, and that they are recognized by Him that sitteth on the Throne, as embodying only what His own "will" determined before to bestow upon them (Ro 8:26, 27)! (8) What a view do these two verses (Ro 8:26, 27) give of the relations subsisting between the Divine Persons in the economy of redemption, and the harmony of their respective operations in the case of each of the redeemed!

Third: Triumphant Summary of the Whole Argument (Ro 8:28-39).

Romans 8:27 Additional Commentaries
Context
Future Glory
26In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Cross References
Psalm 139:1
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.

Jeremiah 17:10
"I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve."

Luke 16:15
He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God's sight.

Acts 1:24
Then they prayed, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen

Romans 8:6
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

Romans 8:34
Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

1 Thessalonians 2:4
On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.

Revelation 2:23
I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.
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1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

1 Chronicles 29:17 I know also, my God, that you try the heart, and have pleasure in …

Psalm 7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish …

Psalm 44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knows the secrets of the heart.

Proverbs 17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD …

Jeremiah 11:20 But, O LORD of hosts, that judge righteously, that try the reins …

Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every …

Jeremiah 20:12 But, O LORD of hosts, that try the righteous, and see the reins and …

Matthew 6:8 Be not you therefore like to them: for your Father knows what things …

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? …

Acts 1:24 And they prayed, and said, You, Lord, which know the hearts of all …

Acts 15:8 And God, which knows the hearts, bore them witness, giving them the …

1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, …

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight…

Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall …

knoweth.

Psalm 38:9 Lord, all my desire is before you; and my groaning is not hid from you.

Psalm 66:18,19 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me…

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that …

because. or, that. he maketh.

Romans 8:34 Who is he that comdemns? It is Christ that died, yes rather, that …

Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

according.

Jeremiah 29:12,13 Then shall you call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I …

John 14:13 And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father …

James 1:5,6 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

1 John 3:21,22 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God…

1 John 5:14,15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any …

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