“all things work together for good”



This verse tells us that if we love God and work in accordance with His will, that everything will work out fine.

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“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

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Romans 8:28 Translation & Meaning

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And δὲ But, and, etc And
we know οἴδαμεν Used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equivalent G3700 and G3708; properly, to see (literally or figuratively); by implication, (in the perfect tense only) to know know
that ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because that
all things πάντα All, any, every, the whole all things
work together συνεργεῖ To be a fellow-worker, i.e., co-operate work together
for εἰς To or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases for
good ἀγαθόν "good" (in any sense, often as noun) good
to them that love ἀγαπῶσιν To love (in a social or moral sense) love
God, θεὸν A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
to them who πρόθεσιν A setting forth, i.e., (figuratively) proposal (intention); specially, the show-bread (in the Temple) as exposed before God to them who
are οὖσιν Being are
the τοῖς The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
called κλητοῖς Invited, i.e., appointed, or (specially), a saint called
according to κατὰ (prepositionally) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined) according
his (No Greek definition. English implied.)
purpose. πρόθεσιν A setting forth, i.e., (figuratively) proposal (intention); specially, the show-bread (in the Temple) as exposed before God purpose

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  • 26  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.

  • 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.

  • 28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

  • 29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

  • 30  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.


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