New Living Translation
That's why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
King James Bible
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Darby Bible Translation
and they that are in flesh 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.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
8:8 They who are in the flesh - Under the government of it.
LibraryOctober 11. "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" (Rom. viii. 27).
"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" (Rom. viii. 27). The Holy Spirit becomes to the consecrated heart the Spirit of intercession. We have two Advocates. We have an Advocate with the Father, who prays for us at God's right hand; but the Holy Spirit is the Advocate within, who prays in us, inspiring our petitions and presenting them, through Christ, to God. We need this Advocate. We know …
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October 13. "The Carnal Mind is Enmity against God" (Rom. viii. 7).
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.
When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death.
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