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Romans 7:7-25Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Sin’s Use of the Law

What should we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin if it were not for the law. For example, I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, Do not covet.[a] And sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind. For apart from the law sin is dead. Once I was alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life 10 and I died. The commandment that was meant for life resulted in death for me. 11 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me, and through it killed me. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good.

The Problem of Sin in Us

13 Therefore, did what is good cause my death?[b] Absolutely not! On the contrary, sin, in order to be recognized as sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment, sin might become sinful beyond measure. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am made out of flesh,[c] sold into sin’s power. 15 For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 So now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. 19 For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but it is the sin that lives in me. 21 So I discover this principle:[d] When I want to do what is good, evil is with me. 22 For in my inner self[e] I joyfully agree with God’s law. 23 But I see a different law in the parts of my body,[f] waging war against the law of my mind and taking me prisoner to the law of sin in the parts of my body.[g] 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this dying body? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord![h] So then, with my mind I myself am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh, to the law of sin.

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 7:7 Ex 20:17
  2. Romans 7:13 Lit good become death to me?
  3. Romans 7:14 Other mss read I am carnal
  4. Romans 7:21 Or law
  5. Romans 7:22 Lit inner man
  6. Romans 7:23 Lit my members
  7. Romans 7:23 Lit my members
  8. Romans 7:25 Or Thanks be to God—(it is done) through Jesus Christ our Lord!

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