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Romans 7:8-18 (New International Version)

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8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment,1 produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead.2 9 Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life3 actually brought death. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment,4 deceived me,5 and through the commandment put me to death. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.6 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 me7 through what was good,8 so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful. 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual,9 sold10 as a slave to sin.11 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.12 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.13 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.14 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.a15 For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
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