17 But thanks be to God that [a]though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, [b]resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, [c]resulting in sanctification.
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.21 Therefore what [d]benefit were you then [e]deriving [f]from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death.22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you [g]derive your [h]benefit, [i]resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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