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1 Certainly you will understand what I am about to say, my friends, because all of you know about law. The law rules over people only as long as they live. 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 A married woman, for example, is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives; but if he dies, then she is free from the law that bound her to him. 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 she lives with another man while her husband is alive, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is legally a free woman and does not commit adultery if she marries 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 That is how it is with you, my friends. As far as the Law is concerned, you also have died because you are part of the body of Christ; and now you belong to him who was raised from death in order that we might be useful in the service of 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 lived according to our human nature, the sinful desires stirred up by the Law were at work in our bodies, and all we did ended in 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 Now, however, we are free from the Law, because we died to that which once held us prisoners. No longer do we serve in the old way of a written law, but in the new way of the Spirit. 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 Shall we say, then, that the Law itself is sinful? Of course not! But it was the Law that made me know what sin is. If the Law had not said, "Do not desire what belongs to someone else," I would not have known such a desire. 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 by means of that commandment sin found its chance to stir up all kinds of selfish desires in me. Apart from law, sin is a dead thing. 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 myself was once alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, 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. And the commandment which was meant to bring life, in my case brought death. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.
11 Sin found its chance, and by means of the commandment it deceived me and killed me. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.
12 So then, the Law itself is holy, and the commandment is holy, right, and good. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
13 But does this mean that what is good caused my death? By no means! It was sin that did it; by using what is good, sin brought death to me, in order that its true nature as sin might be revealed. And so, by means of the commandment sin is shown to be even more terribly 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 We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am a mortal, sold as a slave to sin. 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
15 I do not understand what I do; for I don't do what I would like to do, but instead I do what 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 Since what I do is what I don't want to do, this shows that I agree that the Law is right. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.
17 So I am not really the one who does this thing; rather it is the sin that lives in me. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.
18 I know that good does not live in me - that is, in my human nature. For even though the desire to do good is in me, I am not able to 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 I don't do the good I want to do; instead, I do the evil that I do not want to 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 If I do what I don't want to do, this means that I am no longer the one who does it; instead, it is the sin that lives 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 find that this law is at work: when I want to do what is good, what is evil is the only choice I have. 21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
22 My inner being delights in the law of God. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God's law;
23 But I see a different law at work in my body - a law that fights against the law which my mind approves of. It makes me a prisoner to the law of sin which is at work in my body. 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 an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death? 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
25 Thanks be to God, who does this through our Lord Jesus Christ! This, then, is my condition: on my own I can serve God's law only with my mind, while my human nature serves 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.