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17 (A)“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; (B)you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

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Sin’s Advantage in the Law

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, (A)I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, (B)“You shall not covet.”

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For the commandments, (A)“You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” [a]“You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, (B)“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 13:9 NU omits “You shall not bear false witness,”