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Romans 7:16
If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law, that it is good.
But if what I would not, that I do, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Now if I habitually do what I do not want to do, [that means] I agree with the Law, confessing that it is good (morally excellent).
Now if I do [habitually] what is contrary to my desire, [that means that] I acknowledge and agree that the Law is good (morally excellent) and that I take sides with it.
If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
But if I’m doing the thing that I don’t want to do, I’m agreeing that the Law is right.
Now if I am doing what I don’t want to do, I am agreeing that the Torah is good.
Although I don’t do what I know is right, I agree that the Law is good.
But if what I do not will, this I practise, I consent to the law that [it is] right.
But if I am doing this which I am not wanting, I am agreeing-with the Law— that it is good.
If then I do that which I will not, I consent to the law, that it is good.
And if I don’t want to do what I do, that means I agree that the law is good.
Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.
Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.
And if I do what I do not want to do, that means I agree that the law is good [C Paul’s acknowledgement that his behavior is wrong confirms the law’s righteous standards].
If I do then that which I would not, I consent to the Law, that it is good.
I don’t do what I want to do, but I agree that God’s standards are good.
Since what I do is what I don't want to do, this shows that I agree that the Law is right.
And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree with the law that it is good.
And if I do not want to do the bad things I do, then that means that I agree that the law is good.
Now if I practice what I don’t want to do, I am admitting that the Law is good.
After all, the Law itself is really concerned with the spiritual—it is I who am carnal, and have sold my soul to sin. In practice, what happens? My own behaviour baffles me. For I find myself not doing what I really want to do but doing what I really loathe. Yet surely if I do things that I really don’t want to do, I am admitting that I really agree with the Law. But it cannot be said that “I” am doing them at all—it must be sin that has made its home in my nature. (And indeed, I know from experience that the carnal side of my being can scarcely be called the home of good!) I often find that I have the will to do good, but not the power. That is, I don’t accomplish the good I set out to do, and the evil I don’t really want to do I find I am always doing. Yet if I do things that I don’t really want to do then it is not, I repeat, “I” who do them, but the sin which has made its home within me.
If then I do that which I do not desire, I approve that the law is good.
If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
But if what I do not want to do, this I do, I agree with the law that it is good.
I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience proves that I agree with these laws I am breaking.
I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.
But if I practice what I do not will to do, I agree with the law that it is good.
But if I am doing what I do not want to do, I agree with the law, that it is good.
I don’t do what I want to do, but I agree that God’s standards are good.
Now if I do what I do not want, I concur that the law is good.
But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good.
And if I do not want to do the hated things I do, that means I agree that the law is good.
But if I do what I don’t want, I agree that the law is good.
I do what I don’t want to do. So I agree that the law is good.
And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.
And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.
If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good.
When I do the thing I do not want to do, it shows me that the Law is right and good.
But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good.
Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good.
Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good.
Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good.
Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good.
So if I do what I don’t want to do, I am agreeing that the law is good.
But if that which I do is what I do not want, I agree with the Torah that the Torah is good.
Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good.
Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good.
But if I do what I do not want to do, then I agree with the Torah—that it is good.
If I am doing the things I have already decided not to do, I am agreeing with the law regarding what is good.
But if what I don’t desire, that I do, I consent to the law that it is good.
And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.
And if I do that thing that I will not, I consent to the law, that it is good.
And if what I do not will, this I do, I consent to the law that [it is] good,
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