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Romans 7 (New American Standard)

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Believers United to Christ

1 Or do you not know, 1brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law ), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? 2 For 2the married woman is bound by law to her ahusband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law bconcerning the husband. 3 So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man. 4 Therefore, my brethren, you also were 3made to die 4to the Law 5through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5 For while we were 6in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were 7aroused by the Law, were at work 8in cthe members of our body to bear fruit for death. 6 But now we have been 9released from the Law, having 10died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in 11newness of 12the dSpirit and not in oldness of the letter. 7 13What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? 14May it never be! On the contrary, 15I would not have come to know sin except ethrough the Law; for I would not have known about fcoveting if the Law had not said, "16YOU SHALL NOT gCOVET." 8 But sin, 17taking opportunity 18through the commandment, produced in me hcoveting of every kind; for 19apart ifrom the Law sin is dead. 9 I was once alive apart jfrom the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died; 10 and this commandment, which was k20to result in life, proved lto result in death for me; 11 for sin, 21taking an opportunity 22through the commandment, 23deceived me and through it killed me. 12 24So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. 13 Therefore did that which is good become a cause of death for me? 25May it never be! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.

The Conflict of Two Natures

14 For we know that the Law is 26spiritual, but I am 27of flesh, 28sold m29into bondage to sin. 15 For what I am doing, 30I do not understand; for I am not practicing 31what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with 32the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17 So now, 33no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my 34flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For 35the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, 36I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 21 I find then 37the nprinciple that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God oin 38the inner man, 23 but I see 39a different law in pthe members of my body, waging war against the 40law of my mind and making me a prisoner qof 41the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from r42the body of this 43death? 25 44Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh 45the law of sin.
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