Believers United to Christ1 Or do you not know a brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? 2 For b the married woman is bound by law to her ▼
▼ Lit living husbandhusband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law ▼
▼ Lit ofconcerning the husband. 3 So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man. 4 Therefore, my brethren, you also were e made to die f to the Law g through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5 For while we were h in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were i aroused by the Law, were at work j in ▼
▼ Lit our members to bearthe members of our body to bear fruit for death. 6 But now we have been l released from the Law, having m died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in n newness of o the ▼
▼ Or spiritSpirit and not in oldness of the letter. 7 q What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? r May it never be! On the contrary s I would not have come to know sin except ▼
▼ Or through lawthrough the Law; for I would not have known about ▼ coveting if the Law had not said v “You shall not ▼ covet.” 8 But sin x taking opportunity y through the commandment, produced in me ▼ coveting of every kind; for aa apart ▼
▼ Or from lawfrom the Law sin is dead. 9 I was once alive apart ▼
▼ Or from lawfrom the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died; 10 and this commandment, which was ▼
▼ Lit to life, ae to result in life, proved ▼
▼ Lit to deathto result in death for me; 11 for sin ag taking an opportunity ah through the commandment ai deceived me and through it killed me. 12 aj So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. 13 Therefore did that which is good become a cause of death for me? ak May it never be! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.
The Conflict of Two Natures14 For we know that the Law is al spiritual, but I am am of flesh an sold ▼
▼ Lit under sin, ap into bondage to sin. 15 For what I am doing aq I do not understand; for I am not practicing ar what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with as the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17 So now at no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my au flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For av the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want aw I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 21 I find then ax the ▼
▼ Lit lawprinciple that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God ▼
▼ Or concerningin ba the inner man, 23 but I see bb a different law in ▼
▼ Lit my membersthe members of my body, waging war against the bd law of my mind and making me a prisoner ▼
▼ Lit inof bf the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from ▼
▼ Or this body of death, bh the body of this bi death? 25 bj Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh bk the law of sin.
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