Romans 7 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Surely you know, brothers - for I am speaking to those who understand Torah - that the Torah has authority over a person only so long as he lives? 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 example, a married woman is bound by Torah to her husband while he is alive; but if the husband dies, she is released from the part of the Torah that deals with husbands. 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 Therefore, while the husband is alive, she will be called an adulteress if she marries another man; but if the husband dies, she is free from that part of the Torah; so that if she marries another man, she is not an adulteress. 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 Thus, my brothers, you have been made dead with regard to the Torah through the Messiah's body, so that you may belong to someone else, namely, the one who has been raised from the dead, in order for us to bear fruit for 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 living according to our old nature, the passions connected with sins worked through the Torah in our various parts, with the result that we bore fruit for 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 released from this aspect of the Torah, because we have died to that which had us in its clutches, so that we are serving in the new way provided by the Spirit and not in the old way of outwardly following the letter of the law. 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 Therefore, what are we to say? That the Torah is sinful? Heaven forbid! Rather, the function of the Torah was that without it, I would not have known what sin is. For example, I would not have become conscious of what greed is if the Torah had not said, "Thou shalt not covet."v 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, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, worked in me all kinds of evil desires - for apart from Torah, 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 I was once alive outside the framework of Torah. But when the commandment really encountered me, sin sprang to life, 9 Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.
10 and I died. The commandment that was intended to bring me life was found to be bringing me death! 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.
11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me; and through the commandment, sin killed me. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.
12 So the Torah is holy; that is, the commandment is holy, just and good. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
13 Then did something good become for me the source of death? Heaven forbid! Rather, it was sin working death in me through something good, so that sin might be clearly exposed as sin, so that sin through the commandment might come to be experienced as sinful beyond measure. 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 Torah is of the Spirit; but as for me, I am bound to the old nature, sold to sin as a slave. 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
15 I don't understand my own behavior - I don't do what I want to do; instead, I do the very thing I hate! 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 Now if I am doing what I don't want to do, I am agreeing that the Torah is good. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.
17 But now it is no longer "the real me" doing it, but the sin housed inside 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 there is nothing good housed inside me - that is, inside my old nature. I can want what is good, but I can't do it! 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 I don't do the good I want; instead, the evil that I don't want is what 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 am doing what "the real me" doesn't want, it is no longer "the real me" doing it but the sin housed inside 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 find it to be the rule, a kind of perverse "torah," that although I want to do what is good, evil is right there with me! 21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
22 For in my inner self I completely agree with God's Torah; 22 For in my inner being I delight in God's law;
23 but in my various parts, I see a different "torah," one that battles with the Torah in my mind and makes me a prisoner of sin's "torah," which is operating in my various parts. 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 What a miserable creature I am! Who will rescue me from this body bound for death? 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
25 Thanks be to God [, he will]! - through Yeshua the Messiah, our Lord! To sum up: with my mind, I am a slave of God's Torah; but with my old nature, I am a slave of sin's "Torah." 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.