What shall we say, then?1 Is the law sin? Certainly not!2 Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law.3 For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not covet."4
References for Romans 7:7
But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment,5 produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead.6
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Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.