MATINS FOR THE FRIDAY AFTER THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
(20 Mar 2020)
The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, leads Matins.
Romans 8:18-28 (SBLGNT)
18 Λογίζομαι γὰρ ὅτι οὐκ ἄξια τὰ παθήματα τοῦ νῦν καιροῦ πρὸς τὴν μέλλουσαν δόξαν ἀποκαλυφθῆναι εἰς ἡμᾶς. 19 ἡ γὰρ ἀποκαραδοκία τῆς κτίσεως τὴν ἀποκάλυψιν τῶν υἱῶν τοῦ θεοῦ ἀπεκδέχεται· 20 τῇ γὰρ ματαιότητι ἡ κτίσις ὑπετάγη, οὐχ ἑκοῦσα ἀλλὰ διὰ τὸν ὑποτάξαντα, * ἐφʼ ἑλπίδι 21 ὅτι καὶ αὐτὴ ἡ κτίσις ἐλευθερωθήσεται ἀπὸ τῆς δουλείας τῆς φθορᾶς εἰς τὴν ἐλευθερίαν τῆς δόξης τῶν τέκνων τοῦ θεοῦ. 22 οἴδαμεν γὰρ ὅτι πᾶσα ἡ κτίσις συστενάζει καὶ συνωδίνει ἄχρι τοῦ νῦν· 23 οὐ μόνον δέ, ἀλλὰ * καὶ αὐτοὶ* τὴν ἀπαρχὴν τοῦ πνεύματος ἔχοντες * ἡμεῖς καὶ* αὐτοὶ ἐν ἑαυτοῖς στενάζομεν, υἱοθεσίαν ἀπεκδεχόμενοι τὴν ἀπολύτρωσιν τοῦ σώματος ἡμῶν. 24 τῇ γὰρ ἐλπίδι ἐσώθημεν· ἐλπὶς δὲ βλεπομένη οὐκ ἔστιν ἐλπίς, ὃ γὰρ βλέπει * τίς ἐλπίζει; 25 εἰ δὲ ὃ οὐ βλέπομεν ἐλπίζομεν, διʼ ὑπομονῆς ἀπεκδεχόμεθα.
26 Ὡσαύτως δὲ καὶ τὸ πνεῦμα συναντιλαμβάνεται * τῇ ἀσθενείᾳ* ἡμῶν· τὸ γὰρ τί * προσευξώμεθα καθὸ δεῖ οὐκ οἴδαμεν, ἀλλὰ αὐτὸ τὸ πνεῦμα * ὑπερεντυγχάνει στεναγμοῖς ἀλαλήτοις, 27 ὁ δὲ ἐραυνῶν τὰς καρδίας οἶδεν τί τὸ φρόνημα τοῦ πνεύματος, ὅτι κατὰ θεὸν ἐντυγχάνει ὑπὲρ ἁγίων.
28 Οἴδαμεν δὲ ὅτι τοῖς ἀγαπῶσι τὸν θεὸν πάντα * συνεργεῖ εἰς ἀγαθόν, τοῖς κατὰ πρόθεσιν κλητοῖς οὖσιν.
(18) For I calculate that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to compare to the coming glory to be revealed in us.
(19) For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly awaits the revelation of the sons of God.
(20) For the creation was not willingly subjected to vanity, but through Him subjecting it, on hope;
(21) that also the creation will be freed from the slavery of corruption to the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
(22) For we know that all the creation groans together and travails together until now.
(23) And not only so, but also we ourselves having the firstfruit of the Spirit, also we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly expecting adoption, the redemption of our body;
(24) for we were saved by hope, but hope being seen is not hope; for what anyone sees, why does he also hope?
(25) But if we hope for what we do not see, through patience we wait eagerly.
(26) And likewise the Spirit also joins in to help our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes on our behalf with groanings that cannot be uttered.
(27) But the One searching the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He petitions on behalf of the saints according to God.
(28) But we know that to the ones loving God all things work together for good, to those being called according to purpose;
Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.)