Romans 7

Believers United to Christ

1Or 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? 2For b  the married woman is bound by law to her
Lit living husband
husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law
Lit of
concerning the husband.
3So 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.

4Therefore, 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. 5For 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 bear
the members of our body to bear fruit for death.
6But 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 spirit
Spirit 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 law
through the Law; for I would not have known about
Or lust
coveting if the Law had not said v  You shall not
Or lust
8But sin x  taking opportunity y  through the commandment, produced in me
Or lust
coveting of every kind; for aa  apart
Or from law
from the Law sin is dead.
9I was once alive apart
Or from law
from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died;
10and this commandment, which was
Lit to life
ae  to result in life, proved
Lit to death
to result in death for me;
11for 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.

13Therefore 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 Natures

14For we know that the Law is al  spiritual, but I am am  of flesh an  sold
Lit under sin
ap  into bondage to sin.
15For 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. 16But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with as  the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17So now at  no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18For 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. 19For av  the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20But 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.

21I find then ax  the
Lit law
principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.
22For I joyfully concur with the law of God
Or concerning
in ba  the inner man,
23but I see bb  a different law in
Lit my members
the members of my body, waging war against the bd  law of my mind and making me a prisoner
Lit in
of bf  the law of sin which is in my members.
24Wretched 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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