Romans 7:24

O wretched man that I am (talaipwro egw anqrwpo). "Wretched man I." Old adjective from tlaw, to bear, and pwro, a callus. In N.T. only here and Revelation 3:17 . "A heart-rending cry from the depths of despair" (Sanday and Headlam). Out of the body of this death (ek tou swmato tou qanatou toutou). So the order of words demands. See verse Revelation 13 for "death" which finds a lodgment in the body (Lightfoot). If one feels that Paul has exaggerated his own condition, he has only to recall 1 Timothy 1:15 when he describes himself a chief of sinners. He dealt too honestly with himself for Pharisaic complacency to live long.

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