What shall we say, then?1 Is the law sin? Certainly not!2 Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law.3 For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not covet."a48
But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment,5 produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead.69
Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.
I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life7 actually brought death.
For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment,8 deceived me,9 and through the commandment put me to death.
So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.1013
Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me11 through what was good,12 so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual,13 sold14 as a slave to sin.1515
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.1616
And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.1717
As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.1818
I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.b19 For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing.2020
Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.2121
So I find this law at work:22 When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
For in my inner being23 I delight in God's law;2423
but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war25 against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin26 at work within my members.
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?2725
Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord!28 So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law,29 but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.30