Romans 8:26
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English Standard Version
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

King James Bible
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

American Standard Version
And in like manner the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity. For we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit himself asketh for us with unspeakable groanings.

English Revised Version
And in like manner the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered;

Webster's Bible Translation
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Weymouth New Testament
In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness; for we do not know what prayers to offer nor in what way to offer them. But the Spirit Himself pleads for us in yearnings that can find no words,

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Vincent's Word Studies

Helpeth (συναντιλαμβάνεται)

Only here and Luke 10:40, on which see note. "Λαμβάνεται taketh. Precisely the same verb in precisely the same phrase, which is translated 'took our infirmities'," Matthew 8:17 (Bushnell).

As we ought (καθὸ δεῖ)

Not with reference to the form of prayer, but to the circumstances: in proportion to the need. Compare 2 Corinthians 8:12; 1 Peter 4:13.

Maketh intercession for (ὑπερεντυγχάνει)

Only here in the New Testament. The verb ἐντυγχάνω means to light upon or fall in with; to go to meet for consultation, conversation, or supplication. So Acts 25:24, "dealt with," Rev., "made suit." Compare Romans 8:34; Romans 11:2; Hebrews 7:25.

Which cannot be uttered (ἀλαλήτοις)

This may mean either unutterable or unuttered.

Romans 8:26 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

infirmities.

Romans 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

2 Corinthians 12:5-10 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in my infirmities...

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are...

Hebrews 5:2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.

for we.

Matthew 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, You know not what you ask. Are you able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of...

Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, Lord...

*etc:

James 4:3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it on your lusts.

but.

Romans 8:15 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba...

Psalm 10:17 LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble: you will prepare their heart, you will cause your ear to hear:

Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications...

Matthew 10:20 For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you.

Galatians 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

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

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit...

Jude 1:20,21 But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost...

with.

Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Psalm 6:3,9 My soul is also sore vexed: but you, O LORD, how long...

Psalm 42:1-5 As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O God...

Psalm 55:1,2 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not yourself from my supplication...

Psalm 69:3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: my eyes fail while I wait for my God.

Psalm 77:1-3 I cried to God with my voice, even to God with my voice; and he gave ear to me...

Psalm 88:1-3 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you...

Psalm 102:5,20 By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones stick to my skin...

Psalm 119:81 My soul faints for your salvation: but I hope in your word.

Psalm 119:82 My eyes fail for your word, saying, When will you comfort me?

Psalm 143:4-7 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate...

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

2 Corinthians 5:2,4 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed on with our house which is from heaven...

2 Corinthians 12:8 For this thing I sought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

Cross References
Job 37:19
Teach us what we shall say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.

Matthew 20:22
Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?" They said to him, "We are able."

John 14:16
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,

Romans 8:15
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!"

2 Corinthians 12:8
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.

Ephesians 6:18
praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

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