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Romans 7-8 American Standard Version (ASV)

Or are ye ignorant, brethren (for I speak to men who know [a]the law), that the law hath dominion over a man for so long time as he liveth? For the woman that hath a husband is bound by law to the husband while he liveth; but if the husband die, she is discharged from the law of the husband. So then if, while the husband liveth, she be joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if the husband die, she is free from the law, so that she is no adulteress, though she be joined to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ; that ye should be joined to another, even to him who was raised from the dead, that we might bring forth fruit unto God. For when we were in the flesh, the [b]sinful passions, which were through the law, wrought in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we have been discharged from the law, having died to that wherein we were held; so that we serve in newness of the spirit, and not in oldness of the letter.

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Howbeit, I had not known sin, except through [c]the law: for I had not known [d]coveting, except the law had said, [e]Thou shalt not [f]covet: but sin, finding occasion, wrought in me through the commandment all manner of [g]coveting: for apart from [h]the law sin is dead. And I was alive apart from [i]the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died; 10 and the commandment, which was unto life, this I found to be unto death: 11 for sin, finding occasion, through the commandment beguiled me, and through it slew me. 12 So that the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good. 13 Did then that which is good become death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might be shown to be sin, by working death to me through that which is good;—that through the commandment sin might become exceeding sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I [j]do I know not: for not what I would, that do I practise; but what I hate, that I do. 16 But if what I would not, that I do, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 So now it is no more I that [k]do it, but sin which dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me, but to [l]do that which is good is not. 19 For the good which I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I practise. 20 But if what I would not, that I do, it is no more I that [m]do it, but sin which dwelleth in me. 21 I find then [n]the law, that, to me who would do good, evil is present. 22 For I delight [o]in the law of God after the inward man: 23 but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity [p]under the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me out of [q]the body of this death? 25 [r]I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then I of myself with the mind, indeed, serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death. For what the law could not do, [s]in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending his own Son in the likeness of [t]sinful flesh [u]and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the [v]ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace: because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be: and they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. But if any man hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwelleth in you, he that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead shall give life also to your mortal bodies [w]through his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

12 So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh: 13 for if ye live after the flesh, ye must die; but if by the Spirit ye put to death the [x]deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For ye received not the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God: 17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him.

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us-ward. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation waiteth for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but by reason of him who subjected it, [y]in hope 21 that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain [z]together until now. 23 And not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for our adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24 For [aa]in hope were we saved: but hope that is seen is not hope: [ab]for who [ac]hopeth for that which he seeth? 25 But if we hope for that which we see not, then do we with [ad]patience wait for it.

26 And in like manner the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered; 27 and he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, [ae]because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that to them that love God [af]all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren: 30 and whom he foreordained, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not also with him freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? [ag]It is God that justifieth; 34 who is he that condemneth? [ah]It is Christ Jesus that died, yea rather, that was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love [ai]of Christ? shall tribulation, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Even as it is written,

[aj]For thy sake we are killed all the day long;
We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other [ak]creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


  1. Romans 7:1 Or, law
  2. Romans 7:5 Greek passions of sins.
  3. Romans 7:7 Or, law
  4. Romans 7:7 Or, lust
  5. Romans 7:7 Ex. 20:17; Dt. 5:21.
  6. Romans 7:7 Or, lust
  7. Romans 7:8 Or, lust
  8. Romans 7:8 Or, law
  9. Romans 7:9 Or, law
  10. Romans 7:15 Greek work.
  11. Romans 7:17 Greek work.
  12. Romans 7:18 Greek work.
  13. Romans 7:20 Greek work.
  14. Romans 7:21 Or, in regard of the law. Compare verses 12, 14
  15. Romans 7:22 Greek with.
  16. Romans 7:23 Greek in. Many ancient authorities read to.
  17. Romans 7:24 Or, this body of death
  18. Romans 7:25 Many ancient authorities read But thanks be to God. Compare 6:17.
  19. Romans 8:3 Or, wherein
  20. Romans 8:3 Greek flesh of sin.
  21. Romans 8:3 Or, and as an offering for sin. Lev. 7:37; Heb. 10:6; etc.
  22. Romans 8:4 Or, requirement
  23. Romans 8:11 Many ancient authorities read because of.
  24. Romans 8:13 Greek doings.
  25. Romans 8:20 Or, in hope; because the creation etc.
  26. Romans 8:22 Or, with us
  27. Romans 8:24 Or, by
  28. Romans 8:24 Many ancient authorities read for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
  29. Romans 8:24 Some ancient authorities read awaiteth.
  30. Romans 8:25 Or, stedfastness
  31. Romans 8:27 Or, that
  32. Romans 8:28 Some ancient authorities read God worketh all things with them for good.
  33. Romans 8:33 Or, Shall God that justifieth?
  34. Romans 8:34 Or, Shall Christ Jesus that died,  . . . us?
  35. Romans 8:35 Some ancient authorities read of God.
  36. Romans 8:36 Ps. 44:22.
  37. Romans 8:39 Or, creation

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