Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.
I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.
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For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.
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So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
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Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
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We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
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I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
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And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.
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As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.
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For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
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For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.
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