Romans Chapter 7

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The law is holy
  1. Or do you not know brothers – for I speak to men knowing the law – that the law has authority over a man for as long as he lives?
  2. For the married woman was – and is – bound by law to her husband while he’s living.  But if the husband dies, she is severed from the law of the husband.
  3. So then, if she became joined to another man while her husband is living, she will be publically called an adulteress.  But she is free from the law if the husband dies, so she’s not an adulteress though becoming joined to another man.
  4. So then my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of the Anointed, for you to belong to another; the One who was raised from the dead so we might bear fruit to God.
  5. For when we were in the flesh, the passions of sin were working in our limbs through the law to bear the fruit of death.
  6. But now, we have been severed from the law, having died to what we were bound, in order for us to serve in newness of the Spirit and not oldness of the letter.
  7. Then what will we say?  Is the law sin?  May it never be!  But I wouldn’t have recognized sin except through the law.  For I wouldn’t have been aware of covetousness except the law says: “You shall not covet.”(1)quotation/allusion to Exodus 20:17 and Deuteronomy 5:21
  8. But taking an opportunity through the commandment, sin produced all sorts of covetousness in me; for apart from the law, sin is dead.
  9. Yet I once was alive apart from the law.  But after coming, the commandment revived the sin and I died.
  10. And the commandment that was to result in life, was found to result in death.
  11. For taking an opportunity through the commandment, sin thoroughly deceived me and through it put me to death.
  12. So then the law is indeed holy; and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good.
Desiring to do good, but not doing
  1. Therefore, has what’s good become death to me?  May it never be!  But sin – so it might be revealed as sin – was working out death in me through what’s good, so sin might become sinful beyond excess through the commandment.
  2. For we did – and do – know that the law is spiritual, but I’m fleshly; having been – and being – sold under sin’s authority.
  3. For I don’t understand what I do.  For what I desire, this I don’t do.  But what I hate, this I do.
  4. But if what I don’t desire, this I do; I agree with the law that the law good.
  5. And now I no longer do it, but the sin which dwells in me.
  6. For I did – and do – know that good doesn’t dwell in me (that is, in my flesh).  For to desire is present in me, but the doing of good isn’t.
  7. For I don’t do the good that I desire, but the evil that I don’t desire, this I practice.
  8. And if what I don’t desire, this I do; it’s no longer I who does it, but the sin which dwells in me.
  9. Therefore, I find the law that evil is present in me, the man who desires to do good,
  10. for I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.
  11. But I see another law in my limbs, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is present in my limbs.
  12. What a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?
  13. But grace be to God through Jesus the Anointed our Lord!  So then, I myself indeed serve God’s law with my mind, but sin’s law with my flesh.

 

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