Romans 71 Or do ye not know, my Brethren.-(for I am speaking to them that know the law,)- that the law hath dominion over a man, as long as he is alive? 2 Just as a woman, by the law, is bound to her husband, as long as he is alive: but if her husband should die, she is freed from the law of her husband. 3 And if, while her husband is alive, she should adhere to another man, she would become an adulteress: but if her husband should die, she is freed from the law; and would not be an adulteress though joined to another man. 4 And now, my brethren, ye also have become dead to the law, by the body of Messiah; that ye might be joined to another, even to him who arose from the dead; and might yield fruits unto God. 5 For while we were in the flesh, the emotions of sin which are by the law, were active in our members, that we should bear fruits unto death. 6 But now we are absolved from the law, and are dead to that which held us in its grasp: that we might henceforth serve in the newness of the spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. 7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin?, Far be it. For I had not learned sin, except by means of the law: for I had not known concupiscence, had not the law said, Thou shalt not covet: 8 and by this commandment, sin found occasion, and perfected in me all concupiscence: for without the law, sin was dead. 9 And I, without the law, was alive formerly; but when the commandment came, sin became alive, and I died; 10 and the commandment of life was found by me to be unto death. 11 For sin, by the occasion which it found by means of the commandment, seduced me; and thereby slew me. 12 Wherefore, the law is holy; and the commandment is holy, and righteous, and good. 13 Did that which is good, therefore, become death to me? Far be it. But sin, that it might be seen to be sin, perfected death in me by means of that good law; that sin might the more be condemned, by means of the commandment. 14 For we know, that the law is spiritual ; but I am carnal, and sold to sin. 15 For what I am doing, I know not: and what I would, I do not perform; but what I hate, that I do. 16 And if I do what I would not, I testify of the law, that it is right. 17 And then, it is no more I who do that thing; but sin, which dwelleth in me. 18 For I know, that in me, (that is, in my flesh,) good dwelleth not: because, to approve the good, is easy for me; but to do it, I am unable. 19 For I do not perform the good, which I would perform; but the bad, which I would not perform, that I do perform. 20 And if I do what I would not, it is not I that do it, but sin which dwelleth in me. 21 I find therefore a law coinciding with my conscience, which assenteth to my doing good, whereas evil is near to me. 22 For I rejoice in the law of God, in the interior man. 23 But I see another law in my members, which warreth against the law of my conscience, and maketh me a captive to the law of sin which existeth in my members 24 O, a miserable man, am I! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 I thank God; by means of our Lord Jesus Messiah I shall be rescued. [ (Romans 7:26) Now, therefore, in my conscience, I am a servant of the law of God; but in my flesh, I am a servant of the law of sin. ]
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