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Romans 7:14-8:5 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Inner Conflict

14 For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin.[a] 15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17 But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.

21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23 but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.

Life in the Spirit

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit[b] of life in Christ Jesus has set you[c] free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin,[d] he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.[e] For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit[f] set their minds on the things of the Spirit.[g]

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 7:14 Gk sold under sin
  2. Romans 8:2 Or spirit
  3. Romans 8:2 Here the Greek word you is singular number; other ancient authorities read me or us
  4. Romans 8:3 Or and as a sin offering
  5. Romans 8:4 Or spirit
  6. Romans 8:5 Or spirit
  7. Romans 8:5 Or spirit
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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