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Romans 7:7-25 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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7 What then shall 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. For 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 through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For 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 came alive and I died. 9 Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.
10 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 through 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 righteous and good. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
13 Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing 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 under sin. 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
15 For 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 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 So now it is no longer I who 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 in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 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 keep on doing. 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 who 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 right, 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 inner being, 22 For in my inner being I delight in God's law;
23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and 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 deliver 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, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve 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.