19 THE CREATION WAITS IN EAGER EXPECTATION
FOR THE SONS OF GOD TO BE REVEALED.
20 For Creation was Subjected to Frustration,
Not by its own choice,
But by the Will of the One who Subjected it,
21 In Hope that the Creation itself will be Liberated
From its Bondage to Decay
AND BROUGHT INTO THE GLORIOUS FREEDOM
OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD.
22 WE KNOW
THAT THE WHOLE CREATION HAS BEEN GROANING
AS IN THE PAINS OF CHILDBIRTH
RIGHT UP TO THE PRESENT TIME.
23 NOT ONLY SO, BUT WE OURSELVES,
WHO HAVE THE FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT,
GROAN INWARDLY AS WE WAIT EAGERLY
FOR OUR ADOPTION AS SONS,
THE REDEMPTION OF OUR BODIES.
From the time of the Fall of Adam and Eve
The Whole Creation has been Groaning
Because it was Subjected to Decay,
Caused by the Sin of mankind.
It now Eagerly awaits the Revealing of the Sons of God,
When Decay will Cease, as Sin will Cease.