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1 Brothers and sisters, I'm talking to you as people who know the Law. Don't you know that the Law has power over someone only as long as he or she 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 A married woman is united with her husband under the Law while he is alive. But if her husband dies, she is released from the Law concerning her 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 she lives with another man while her husband is alive, she's committing adultery. But if her husband dies, she's free from the Law, so she won't be committing adultery if she marries someone else. 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 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you also died with respect to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you could be united with someone else. You are united with the one who was raised from the dead so that we can 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 When we were self-centered, the sinful passions aroused through the Law were at work in all the parts of our body, so 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 the Law. We have died with respect to the thing that controlled us, so that we can be slaves in the new life under the Spirit, not in the old life under the written 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 So what are we going to say? That the Law is sin? Absolutely not! But I wouldn't have known sin except through the Law. I wouldn't have known the desire for what others have if the Law had not said, Don't desire what others have. 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 seized the opportunity and used this commandment to produce all kinds of desires in me. Sin is dead without the Law. 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 used to be alive without the 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. So the commandment that was intended to give life brought death. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.
11 Sin seized the opportunity through the commandment, 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 the Law itself is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
13 So did something good bring death to me? Absolutely not! But sin caused my death through something good so that sin would be exposed as sin. That way sin would become even more thoroughly sinful through the commandment. 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'm made of flesh and blood, and I'm 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 don't know what I'm doing, because I don't do what I want to do. Instead, I do the thing that 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 But if I'm doing the thing that I don't want to do, I'm agreeing 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 But now I'm not the one doing it anymore. Instead, it's 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 doesn't live in me—that is, in my body. The desire to do good is inside of me, 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 I don't do the good that I want to do, but I do the evil that I don't 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 But if I do the very thing that I don't want to do, then I'm not the one doing it anymore. Instead, it is sin that lives in me that is doing it. 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, as a rule, when 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 I gladly agree with the Law on the inside, 22 For in my inner being I delight in God's law;
23 but I see a different law at work in my body. It wages a war against the law of my mind and takes me prisoner with the law of sin that is 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 I'm a miserable human being. Who will deliver me from this dead corpse? 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
25 Thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then I'm a slave to God's Law in my mind, but I'm a slave to sin's law in my body. 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.