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Romans 8:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— and they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— and they that are in flesh cannot please God.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— They, moreover, who in flesh have their being, cannot please, God.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for neither is it able; and those who are in the flesh are not able to please God.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And they who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— So then they that are in the flesh, cannot please God.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— and they who are in the flesh cannot please Aloha.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And they who are in the flesh cannot Please God.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
So x1161
(1161) Complement
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
then y1161
[1161] Standard
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
they that are 5607
{5607} Prime
The feminine, the neuter and the present participle of G1510; being.
<5752> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 186
in 1722
{1722} Prime
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
the flesh 4561
{4561} Prime
Probably from the base of G4563; flesh (as stripped of the skin), that is, (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food), or (by extension) the body (as opposed to the soul (or spirit), or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred, or (by implication) human nature (with its frailties (physically or morally) and passions), or (specifically) a human being (as such).
cannot 3756
{3756} Prime
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
{1410} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.
<5736> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 618
please 700
{0700} Prime
Probably from G0142 (through the idea of exciting emotion); to be agreeable (or by implication to seek to be so).
<5658> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 516
God. 2316
{2316} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Romans 8:8

_ _ 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.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Romans 8:1-9.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Romans 8:8

They who are in the flesh — Under the government of it.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Romans 8:8

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

(10) The conclusion. Therefore they that walk after the flesh cannot please God: by which it follows that they are not grafted into Christ.

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Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Romans 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3:5-6 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. ... That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.


Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
1 Corinthians 7:32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:
Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things [which were sent] from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
Colossians 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Colossians 3:20 Children, obey [your] parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort [you] by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, [so] ye would abound more and more.
Hebrews 11:5-6 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. ... But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
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