Romans 8:8
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

New Living Translation
That's why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

English Standard Version
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

New American Standard Bible
and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

King James Bible
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

International Standard Version
Indeed, those who are under the control of human nature cannot please God.

NET Bible
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who are under the control of the corrupt nature can't please God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So then, those that are carnal cannot please God.

King James 2000 Bible
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

American King James Version
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

American Standard Version
and they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they who are in the flesh, cannot please God.

Darby Bible Translation
and they that are in flesh cannot please God.

English Revised Version
and they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Webster's Bible Translation
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Weymouth New Testament
And those whose hearts are absorbed in earthly things cannot please God.

World English Bible
Those who are in the flesh can't please God.

Young's Literal Translation
for neither is it able; and those who are in the flesh are not able to please God.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:1-9 Believers may be chastened of the Lord, but will not be condemned with the world. By their union with Christ through faith, they are thus secured. What is the principle of their walk; the flesh or the Spirit, the old or the new nature, corruption or grace? For which of these do we make provision, by which are we governed? The unrenewed will is unable to keep any commandment fully. And the law, besides outward duties, requires inward obedience. God showed abhorrence of sin by the sufferings of his Son in the flesh, that the believer's person might be pardoned and justified. Thus satisfaction was made to Divine justice, and the way of salvation opened for the sinner. By the Spirit the law of love is written upon the heart, and though the righteousness of the law is not fulfilled by us, yet, blessed be God, it is fulfilled in us; there is that in all true believers, which answers the intention of the law. The favour of God, the welfare of the soul, the concerns of eternity, are the things of the Spirit, which those that are after the Spirit do mind. Which way do our thoughts move with most pleasure? Which way go our plans and contrivances? Are we most wise for the world, or for our souls? Those that live in pleasure are dead, 1Ti 5:6. A sanctified soul is a living soul; and that life is peace. The carnal mind is not only an enemy to God, but enmity itself. The carnal man may, by the power of Divine grace, be made subject to the law of God, but the carnal mind never can; that must be broken and driven out. We may know our real state and character by inquiring whether we have the Spirit of God and Christ, or not, ver. 9. Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit. Having the Spirit of Christ, means having a turn of mind in some degree like the mind that was in Christ Jesus, and is to be shown by a life and conversation suitable to his precepts and example.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

So then they that are in the flesh,.... They that are in the flesh are the same who are said to be after it, Romans 8:5, and are there described. Such

cannot please God; men, whilst unregenerate, and as such, cannot please God; for though the persons of God's elect are wellpleasing to him always, as considered in Christ, in whom they are loved with an everlasting love, and were chosen in him, and all provisions grace and glory made for them in him; yet as considered in themselves, and whilst in the flesh, do not please him; for they are straying from him, are alienated from his life, are destitute of all grace, and particularly faith, without which it is impossible to please him; are filthy and unclean, and hence, whilst such have no enjoyment of him, or communion with him; wherefore he sends his Spirit to work in them that which is wellpleasing in his sight: but this is not to be understood so much of persons, and their non-acceptableness to God, as of the inability of unregenerate men to obtain the good will of God, or make their peace with him; which they have no inclination to, being enmity against him; and were they inclined to it, know not how to go about it; nor can they draw nigh to God to treat with him about terms of peace; nor can they do that which can procure peace; Christ is the only person that can, make peace, and has done it: or rather, of the impotency of natural men to do anything which pleasing in the sight of God. There are many things which are pleasing to him, such as prayer, praise, giving of alms, keeping his commandments, and walking in his ways; but these unregenerate men cannot do in any acceptable manner to God; for they are without the Spirit, without Christ, without faith; and in all they do have no view to the glory of God: they have neither grace, nor strength, nor right principles, nor right ends.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. So then—nearly equivalent to "And so."

they that are in—and, therefore, under the government of

the flesh cannot please God—having no obediential principle, no desire to please Him.

Romans 8:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
No Condemnation in Christ
7because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Cross References
Romans 1:21
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

Romans 7:5
For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death.
Treasury of Scripture

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

they that.

Romans 8:9 But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the …

Romans 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by …

John 3:3,5,6 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except …

please.

Matthew 3:17 And see a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom …

John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; …

1 Corinthians 7:32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried cares …

Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus …

Colossians 1:10 That you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful …

Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing …

1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brothers, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus…

Hebrews 11:5,6 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was …

Hebrews 13:16,21 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices …

1 John 3:22 And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, …

Jump to Previous
Able Absorbed Controlled Earthly Flesh Hearts Nature Please Pleasure Sinful
Jump to Next
Able Absorbed Controlled Earthly Flesh Hearts Nature Please Pleasure Sinful
Links
Romans 8:8 NIV
Romans 8:8 NLT
Romans 8:8 ESV
Romans 8:8 NASB
Romans 8:8 KJV

Romans 8:8 Bible Apps
Romans 8:8 Bible Suite
Romans 8:8 Biblia Paralela
Romans 8:8 Chinese Bible
Romans 8:8 French Bible
Romans 8:8 German Bible

Alphabetical: and are by cannot controlled flesh God in nature please sinful the Those who

NT Letters: Romans 8:8 Those who are in the flesh can't (Rom. Ro) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
Romans 8:7
Top of Page
Top of Page