What shall we say, then?3 Is the law sin? Certainly not!4 Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law.5 For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not covet."a68
But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment,7 produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead.89
Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.
I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life9 actually brought death.
For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment,10 deceived me,11 and through the commandment put me to death.
So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.1213
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 me13 through what was good,14 so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual,15 sold16 as a slave to sin.1715
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.1816
And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.19