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Romans 8:37-39

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8:37 No, in all these things we have complete victory 1  through him 2  who loved us! 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, 3  nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, 8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 tn BDAG 1034 s.v. ὑπερνικάω states, “as a heightened form of νικᾶν prevail completely ὑπερνικῶμεν we are winning a most glorious victory Ro 8:37.”

2 tn Here the referent could be either God or Christ, but in v. 39 it is God’s love that is mentioned.

3 tn BDAG 138 s.v. ἀρχή 6 takes this term as a reference to angelic or transcendent powers (as opposed to merely human rulers). To clarify this, the adjective “heavenly” has been supplied in the translation. Some interpreters see this as a reference to fallen angels or demonic powers, and this view is reflected in some recent translations (NIV, NLT).



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