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1 Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as 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 the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of 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, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married 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 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another--to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear 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 sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to 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 delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness 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 shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, "You shall not covet." 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 opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was 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 alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 9 Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.
10 And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.
11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.
12 Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
13 Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly 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 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, 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 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it 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 I who do it, but sin that dwells 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 know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 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 that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 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 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells 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 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God's law;
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 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 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
25 I thank God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh 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.