Romans 8:16
New International Version
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

New Living Translation
For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

English Standard Version
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

Berean Study Bible
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

Berean Literal Bible
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

King James Bible
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

New King James Version
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

New American Standard Bible
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,

NASB 1995
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,

NASB 1977
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

Amplified Bible
The Spirit Himself testifies and confirms together with our spirit [assuring us] that we [believers] are children of God.

Christian Standard Bible
The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children,

American Standard Version
The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And that Spirit testifies to our spirit that we are sons of God;

Contemporary English Version
God's Spirit makes us sure that we are his children.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the Spirit himself giveth testimony to our spirit, that we are the sons of God.

English Revised Version
The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God:

Good News Translation
God's Spirit joins himself to our spirits to declare that we are God's children.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.

International Standard Version
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.

Literal Standard Version
[This] One—the Spirit—testifies with our spirit, that we are children of God;

NET Bible
The Spirit himself bears witness to our spirit that we are God's children.

New Heart English Bible
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God;

Weymouth New Testament
The Spirit Himself bears witness, along with our own spirits, to the fact that we are children of God;

World English Bible
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God;

Young's Literal Translation
The Spirit himself doth testify with our spirit, that we are children of God;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Heirs with Christ
15For you did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17And if we are children, then we are heirs: heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with Him, so that we may also be glorified with Him.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 14:1
You are sons of the LORD your God; do not cut yourselves or shave your foreheads on behalf of the dead,

Hosea 1:10
Yet the number of the Israelites will be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or counted. And it will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not My people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.'

Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

Luke 20:36
In fact, they can no longer die, because they are like the angels. And since they are sons of the resurrection, they are sons of God.

John 1:12
But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God--

Acts 5:32
We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him."

Romans 8:14
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.


Treasury of Scripture

The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Spirit.

Romans 8:23,26
And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body…

2 Corinthians 1:22
Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

2 Corinthians 5:5
Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

with our.

2 Corinthians 1:12
For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

1 John 3:19-22
And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him…

1 John 5:10
He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.









(16) The Spirit itself beareth witness.--What is the nature of this concurrent testimony? It would seem to be something of this kind. The self-consciousness of the believer assures him of his sonship. The relation in which he feels that he stands to God he knows to be that of a son. But, besides this he is aware of an eternal objective cause for this feeling. That cause is the influence of the Holy Spirit.

This passage makes it clear that the Apostle, in spite of the strongly mystic tone of his language elsewhere, never confuses the human and the divine.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
The
τὸ (to)
Article - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Spirit
Πνεῦμα (Pneuma)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 4151: Wind, breath, spirit.

Himself
αὐτὸ (auto)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative Neuter 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

testifies with
συμμαρτυρεῖ (symmartyrei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 4828: To bear witness together with. From sun and martureo; to testify jointly, i.e. Corroborate by evidence.

our
ἡμῶν (hēmōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

spirit
πνεύματι (pneumati)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's 4151: Wind, breath, spirit.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

we are
ἐσμὲν (esmen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

God’s
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

children.
τέκνα (tekna)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's 5043: A child, descendent, inhabitant. From the base of timoria; a child.


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