From "Answers To Your Bible Version Questions" © 2001 by David W. Daniels
Question: Why does Romans 8:16,
26 refer to the Holy Spirit as an "it" and
not a "he", like is found in other parts of Scripture? To me it seems
disrespectful to call Him an "it" when He is obviously a person.
Answer: The King James
translators were honest and had one goal: to
communicate God's own words in the English language. When they read the
Greek, they saw the Holy Ghost is referred to in the neuter, not masculine
or feminine. In English, the only way to legitimately translate the neuter
is to say "it".
Which do you really want: a translation that gives you what the
think God really meant (as if He could make a mistake), or a translation
that actually puts in your language exactly what God really said? I want
God's exact words in my language, not man's counterfeit guesses. I trust
that the Holy Spirit is able to teach me what they mean.
May God bless you as you read and believe God's preserved words in
English, the King James Bible.