Does this refer to animals, plant life, trees and creatures of the sea?
ESV - 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
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The phrase 'all of creation' does mean exactly that; all of creation. Just as everything that was made was subject to death after Adam's fall in the garden of Eden, and all elements of earth has been tainted by man's sins, (vs. 20), so will earthly matter receive freedom when Christ returns to restore all things unto Himself. (vs 23)
My opinion is that "all creation" could be human beings or all of life. See the different translations of Romans 8:22 -- ROMANS 8:22 KJ21 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. AMPC We know that the whole creation [of irrational creatures] has been moaning together in the pains of labor until now. ERV We know that everything God made has been waiting until now in pain like a woman ready to give birth to a child. EHV For we know that all of creation is groaning with birth pains right up to the present time. childbirth until now. EXB We know that ·everything God made [all creation] has been ·waiting until now in pain, like a woman ready to give birth [L groaning with labor pains until now]. GNV For we know that every creature groaneth with us also, and travaileth in pain together unto this present. GW now. ISV For we know that all the rest of creation has been groaning with the pains of childbirth up to the present time. PHILLIPS TLB For we know that even the things of nature, like animals and plants, suffer in sickness and death as they await this great event. MSG NCV NLV We know that everything on the earth cries out with pain the same as a woman giving birth to a child. NTE Let me explain. We know that the entire creation is groaning together, and going through labor pains together, up until the present time. OJB For we have da’as that the whole Bri’ah groans and suffers the chevlei leydah (pangs of childbirth) until now. TPT To this day we are aware of the universal agony and groaning of creation, as if it were in the contractions of labor for childbirth. [Rom 8:22] Father, When Shall All The Weary Earth Father, when shall all the weary earth Cease from sighing and ring out its mirth? Triumph in its grand, immortal birth, Into wondrous life with God. Refrain Christ is coming as the King of kings; Shout, ye ransomed, o’er the grace He brings; Hark! The whole earth with the welcome rings, Hallelujah, praise His Name! Savior, when shall my poor sinful soul On Thee all its sins and sorrow roll? Know Thy full salvation and be whole? When, my Jesus, wilt Thou come? Refrain Enter now upon Thy glorious reign! Come and raise to life what sin hath slain! O’er my heart and o’er the world regain Thy dominion! Jesus, come! Christ is coming as the King of kings; Shout, ye ransomed, o’er the grace He brings; Hark! The whole earth with the welcome rings, Hallelujah, praise His Name!
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