20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law;(A) rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.(B)

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The Law and Sin

What shall we say, then?(A) Is the law sinful? Certainly not!(B) Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law.(C) For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”[a](D)

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 7:7 Exodus 20:17; Deut. 5:21

But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment,(A) produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead.(B)

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19 Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions(A) until the Seed(B) to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels(C) and entrusted to a mediator.(D)

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