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Romans 6:15-23Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God

15 What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! 16 Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone[a] as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were transferred[b] to, 18 and having been liberated from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. 19 I am using a human analogy[c] because of the weakness of your flesh.[d] For just as you offered the parts[e] of yourselves as slaves to moral impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from allegiance to righteousness.[f] 21 So what fruit was produced[g] then from the things you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification[h]—and the end is eternal life! 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 6:16 Lit that to whom you offer yourselves
  2. Romans 6:17 Or entrusted
  3. Romans 6:19 Lit I speak humanly; Paul is personifying sin and righteousness as slave masters.
  4. Romans 6:19 Or your human nature
  5. Romans 6:19 Or members
  6. Romans 6:20 Lit free to righteousness
  7. Romans 6:21 Lit what fruit do you have
  8. Romans 6:22 Or holiness

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