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 me1 through what was good,2 so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual,3 sold4 as a slave to sin.515
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.616
And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.717
As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.818
I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.a9 For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
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.1020
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.1121
So I find this law at work:12 When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
For in my inner being13 I delight in God's law;1423
but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war15 against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin16 at work within my members.
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?1725
Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord!18 So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law,19 but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.20