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1 Or are ye ignorant, brethren (for I speak to men who know the law), that the law hath dominion over a man for so long time as he liveth? 1 Do you not know, brothers--for I am speaking to men who know the law--that the law has authority over a man only as long as he lives?
2 For the woman that hath a husband is bound by law to the husband while he liveth; but if the husband die, she is discharged from the law of the husband. 2 For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law of marriage.
3 So then if, while the husband liveth, she be joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if the husband die, she is free from the law, so that she is no adulteress, though she be joined to another man. 3 So then, if she marries another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress, even though she marries another man.
4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ; that ye should be joined to another, [even] to him who was raised from the dead, that we might bring forth fruit unto God. 4 So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God.
5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were through the law, wrought in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. 5 For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death.
6 But now we have been discharged from the law, having died to that wherein we were held; so that we serve in newness of the spirit, and not in oldness of the letter. 6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.
7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Howbeit, I had not known sin, except through the law: for I had not known coveting, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet: 7 What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not covet."
8 but sin, finding occasion, wrought in me through the commandment all manner of coveting: for apart from the law sin [is] dead. 8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead.
9 And I was alive apart from the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died; 9 Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.
10 and the commandment, which [was] unto life, this I found [to be] unto death: 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.
11 for sin, finding occasion, through the commandment beguiled me, and through it slew me. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.
12 So that the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
13 Did then that which is good become death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might be shown to be sin, by working death to me through that which is good; --that through the commandment sin might become exceeding sinful. 13 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 me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
15 For that which I do I know not: for not what I would, that do I practise; but what I hate, that I do. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
16 But if what I would not, that I do, I consent unto the law that it is good. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.
17 So now it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwelleth in me. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.
18 For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me, but to do that which is good [is] not. 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
19 For the good which I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I practise. 19 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.
20 But if what I would not, that I do, it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwelleth in me. 20 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.
21 I find then the law, that, to me who would do good, evil is present. 21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 22 For in my inner being I delight in God's law;
23 but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my members. 23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.
24 Wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me out of the body of this death? 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then I of myself with the mind, indeed, serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. 25 Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.