Romans 7:7-13 New International Version (NIV)
The Law and Sin
7 What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”[a] 8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead. 9 Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
Romans 7:7-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
7 What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except [a]through the Law; for I would not have known about [b]coveting if the Law had not said, “You shall not [c]covet.” 8 But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me [d]coveting of every kind; for apart [e]from the Law sin is dead. 9 I was once alive apart [f]from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died; 10 and this commandment, which was [g]to result in life, proved [h]to result in death for me; 11 for sin, taking 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 righteous and good.
13 Therefore did that which is good become a cause of death for me? May it never be! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.
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