Are ye ignorant, brethren, (for I speak to those knowing law,) that law a rules b over a man as long as he lives?
For the married woman is bound by law to her husband so long as he is alive; but if the husband should die, she is clear from the law of the husband:
so then, the husband being alive, she shall be called an adulteress if she be to another man; but if the husband should die, she is free from the law, so as not to be an adulteress, though she be to another man.
So that, my brethren, *ye* also have been made dead to the law by the body of the Christ, to be to another, who has been raised up from among [the] dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God.
For when we were in the flesh the passions of sins, which [were] by the law, wrought in our members to bring forth fruit to death;
but now we are clear from c the law, having died in that in which we were held, so that we should serve d in newness of spirit, and not in oldness of letter.
What shall we say then? [is] the law e sin? Far be the thought. But I had not known sin, unless by law: for I had not had conscience also of lust unless the law had said, Thou shalt not lust; f8
but sin, getting a point of attack by the commandment, wrought in me every lust; for without law sin [was] dead.
But *I* was alive without law once; but the commandment having come, sin revived, but *I* died.
And the commandment, which [was] for life, was found, [as] to me, itself [to be] unto death:
for sin, getting a point of attack by the commandment, deceived g me, and by it slew [me].
So that the law indeed [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Did then that which is good become death to me? Far be the thought. But sin, that it might appear sin, working h death to me by that which is good; in order that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
For we know i that the law is spiritual: but *I* j am fleshly, k sold under sin.
For that which I do, l I do not own: for not what I will, this I do; but what I hate, this I practise.
But if what I do not will, this I practise, I consent to the law that [it is] right.
Now then [it is] no longer *I* [that] do it, but the sin that dwells in me.
For I know m that in me, that is, in my flesh, good does not dwell: for to will is there with me, but to do right [I find] not.
For I do not practise the good that I will; but the evil I do not will, that I do.
But if what *I* do not will, this I practise, [it is] no longer *I* [that] do n it, but the sin that dwells in me.
I find then the law upon *me* who will to practise what is right, that with *me* evil is there.
For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man:
but I see another law in my members, warring in opposition to the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which exists in my members.
O wretched man that I [am]! who shall deliver me out of this body of death?
I thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then *I* *myself* with the mind serve o God's law; but with the flesh sin's law.