The Conflict of Serving Two Masters

14 For we know that the Law is (A)spiritual, but I am (B)fleshly, (C)sold [a](D)into bondage to sin. 15 For (E)I do not understand what I am doing; for I am not practicing (F)what I want to do, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 However, if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with (G)the Law, that the Law is good. 17 But now, (H)no longer am I the one doing it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my (I)flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For (J)the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I do the very thing I do not want, (K)I am no longer the one doing it, but sin that dwells in me.

21 I find then (L)the [b]principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22 For I joyfully agree with the law of God [c]in (M)the inner person, 23 but I see (N)a different law in [d]the parts of my body waging war against the (O)law of my mind, and making me a prisoner [e]of (P)the law of sin, the law which is in [f]my body’s parts. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from [g](Q)the body of this (R)death? 25 (S)Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh (T)the law of sin.

Deliverance from Bondage

Therefore there is now no (U)condemnation at all for those who are (V)in (W)Christ Jesus. For (X)the law of the Spirit of life [h]in (Y)Christ Jesus (Z)has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For (AA)what the Law could not do, [i](AB)weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in (AC)the likeness of [j]sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the (AD)requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us who (AE)do not walk [k]according to the flesh but [l]according to the Spirit. For those who are in accord with the flesh set their minds on (AF)the things of the flesh, but those who are in accord with the Spirit, (AG)the things of the Spirit. (AH)For the mind [m]set on the flesh is (AI)death, but the mind [n]set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind [o]set on the flesh is (AJ)hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are (AK)in the flesh cannot please God.

However, you are not (AL)in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God (AM)dwells in you. But (AN)if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10 (AO)If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is [p]alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who (AP)raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, (AQ)He who raised (AR)Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies [q]through His Spirit who dwells in you.

12 So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13 for (AS)if you are living in accord with the flesh, you are going to die; but if by the Spirit you are (AT)putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are (AU)being led by the Spirit of God, these are (AV)sons and daughters of God. 15 For you (AW)have not received a spirit of slavery [r]leading to fear again, but you (AX)have received [s]a spirit of adoption as sons and daughters by which we cry out, “(AY)Abba! [t]Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself (AZ)testifies with our spirit that we are (BA)children of God, 17 and if children, (BB)heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, (BC)if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.


  1. Romans 7:14 Lit under sin
  2. Romans 7:21 Lit law
  3. Romans 7:22 Or with respect to
  4. Romans 7:23 Lit my parts waging
  5. Romans 7:23 Lit in
  6. Romans 7:23 Lit my parts
  7. Romans 7:24 Or this body of death
  8. Romans 8:2 Or has set you free in Christ Jesus
  9. Romans 8:3 Lit in which it was weak
  10. Romans 8:3 Lit flesh of sin
  11. Romans 8:4 Or in accordance with
  12. Romans 8:4 Or in accordance with
  13. Romans 8:6 Lit of the
  14. Romans 8:6 Lit of the
  15. Romans 8:7 Lit of the
  16. Romans 8:10 Lit life
  17. Romans 8:11 One early ms because of
  18. Romans 8:15 Lit for fear again
  19. Romans 8:15 Or the Spirit
  20. Romans 8:15 Gr translation of the Aramaic Abba provided by Paul

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