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1 Do you not know, brothers and sisters —for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only during that person's lifetime? 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 Thus a married woman is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband dies, she is discharged from the law concerning the 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 Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and 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 In the same way, my friends, you have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may 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 While we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear 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 are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we are slaves not under the old written code but in the new life 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 What then should we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet, if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not 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, seizing an opportunity in the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. Apart from the law sin lies 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 apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived 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 very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.
11 For sin, seizing an opportunity in the commandment, deceived me and through it 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 is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
13 Did what is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, working death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become 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 law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin. 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but 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 do what I do not want, 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 in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within 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 nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot 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 do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not 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 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within 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 a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. 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 in my inmost self, 22 For in my inner being I delight in God's law;
23 but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells 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 Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh 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.