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Romans 7 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Is it not clear, my brothers (I am using an argument to those who have knowledge of the law), that the law has power over a man as long as he is living? 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 who has a husband is placed by the law under the power of her husband as long as he is living; but if her husband is dead, she is free 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 if, while the husband is living, she is joined to another man, she will get the name of one who is untrue to her husband: but if the husband is dead, she is free from the law, so that she is not untrue, even if she takes 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 In the same way, my brothers, you were made dead to the law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, even to him who came again from the dead, so that we might give fruit to 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 evil passions which came into being through the law were working in our bodies to give the fruit of 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 are free from the law, having been made dead to that which had power over us; so that we are servants in the new way of the spirit, not in the old way 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 then is to be said? is the law sin? in no way. But I would not have had knowledge of sin but for the law: for I would not have been conscious of desire if the law had not said, You may not have a desire for what is another's. 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, taking its chance through that which was ordered by the law, was working in me every form of desire: because without 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 there was a time when I was living without the law: but when the law gave its orders, sin came to life and put me to death; 9 Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.
10 And I made the discovery that the law whose purpose was to give life had become a cause of death: 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.
11 For I was tricked and put to death by sin, which took its chance through the law. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.
12 But the law is holy, and its orders are holy, upright, and good. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
13 Was then that which is good, death to me? In no way. But the purpose was that sin might be seen to be sin by working death to me through that which is good; so that through the orders of the law sin might seem much more evil. 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 are conscious that the law is of the spirit; but I am of the flesh, given into the power of sin. 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
15 And I have no clear knowledge of what I am doing, for that which I have a mind to do, I do not, but what I have hate for, 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 I do that which I have no mind to do, I am in agreement with the law that the law is good. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.
17 So it is no longer I who do it, but the sin living 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 am conscious that in me, that is, in my flesh, there is nothing good: I have the mind but not the power to do what is right. 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 have a mind to do, I do not: but the evil which I have no mind to do, that I do. 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 I do what I have no mind to do, it is no longer I who do it, but the sin living 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 So I see a law that, though I have a mind to do good, evil is present in me. 21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
22 In my heart I take pleasure in the law of God, 22 For in my inner being I delight in God's law;
23 But I see another law in my body, working against the law of my mind, and making me the servant of the law of sin which is in my flesh. 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 How unhappy am I! who will make me free from the body of this death? 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
25 I give praise to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So with my mind I am a servant to the law of God, but with my flesh to 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.