Know ye not, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), how the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
For the woman who hath a husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of the husband.
So then, if while her husband liveth she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Therefore, my brethren, ye also have become dead to the law by the body of Christ, that ye should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
For when we were in the flesh, the passions of sins, which were by the law, worked in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid! Nay, I would not have known sin, but through the law; for I would not have known lust, except that the law had said, "Thou shalt not covet."
But sin, taking occasion through the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence; for without the law sin was dead.
For I was alive apart from the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died;
and the commandment, which was ordained to bring life, I found to be unto death.
For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me and by it slew me.
Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.
Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid! But sin, that it might appear as sin, was working death in me by that which is good, that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin.
For that which I do, I know not. For what I would do, that do I not; but what I hate, that I do.
If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law, that it is good.
Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing; for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good, I find not.
For the good that I would do, I do not; but the evil which I would not do, that I do.
Now if I do that which I would not do, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
I find then a law that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
I thank God -- through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.