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1 Brothers and sisters, all of you understand the law of Moses. So surely you know that the law rules over people only while they are alive. 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 woman must stay married to her husband as long as he is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from the law of marriage. 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 But if she marries another man while her husband is still alive, the law says she is guilty of adultery. But if her husband dies, she is free from the law of marriage. Then if she marries another man, she is not guilty of adultery. 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 and sisters, your old selves died, and you became free from the law through the body of Christ. This happened so that you might belong to someone else -- the One who was raised from the dead -- and so that we might be used in service 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 In the past, we were ruled by our sinful selves. The law made us want to do sinful things that controlled our bodies, so the things we did were bringing us 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 In the past, the law held us like prisoners, but our old selves died, and we were made free from the law. So now we serve God in a new way with the Spirit, and not in the old way with written rules. 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 You might think I am saying that sin and the law are the same thing. That is not true. But the law was the only way I could learn what sin meant. I would never have known what it means to want to take something belonging to someone else if the law had not said, "You must not want to take your neighbor's things." 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 And sin found a way to use that command and cause me to want all kinds of things I should not want. But without the law, sin has no power. 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 alive before I knew the law. But when the law's command came to me, then sin began to live, 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 command was meant to bring life, but for me it brought death. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.
11 Sin found a way to fool me by using the command to make me die. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.
12 So the law is holy, and the command is holy and right and good. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
13 Does this mean that something that is good brought death to me? No! Sin used something that is good to bring death to me. This happened so that I could see what sin is really like; the command was used to show that sin is very 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 We know that the law is spiritual, but I am not spiritual since sin rules me as if I were its slave. 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
15 I do not understand the things I do. I do not do what I want to do, and I do the things 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 And if I do not want to do the hated things I do, that means I agree 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 But I am not really the one who is doing these hated things; it is sin living in me that does them. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.
18 Yes, I know that nothing good lives in me -- I mean nothing good lives in the part of me that is earthly and sinful. I want to do the things that are good, but I do not do them. 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 do not do the good things I want to do, but I do the bad things 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 So if I do things I do not want to do, then I am not the one doing them. It is sin living in me that does those things. 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 have learned this rule: When I want to do good, evil is there with me. 21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
22 In my mind, I am happy with God's law. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God's law;
23 But I see another law working in my body, which makes war against the law that my mind accepts. That other law working in my body is the law of sin, and it makes me its prisoner. 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 man I am! Who will save me from this body that brings me death? 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
25 I thank God for saving me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So in my mind I am a slave to God's law, but in my sinful self I am a slave 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.