Romans 7:11

11 Sin seized the opportunity through the commandment, deceived me, and killed me.

Romans 7:11 Meaning and Commentary

Romans 7:11

For sin taking occasion by the commandment
As in ( Romans 7:8 ) ,

deceived me;
either by promising pleasure or impunity: the same effect is ascribed by the Jews to the evil imagination or corruption of nature, which they say is called an enticer, (Mda htpmv) , "that deceives man" F7:

and by it slew me;
mortally wounded me: not the law, but sin by the law, deceived and slew him; so that as before, the law is cleared from being the cause of sin, so here, from being the cause of death; for though the law is a killing letter, the ministration of condemnation and death, yet it is not the cause of it; but sin, which is a transgression of the law, is that which deceives or leads out of the way, as the word signifies, and then kills. The metaphor is taken from a thief or a robber, who leads a man out of the way into some bypath, and then murders him.


FOOTNOTES:

F7 Tzeror Hammor, fol. 141. 3. & 150. 1.

Romans 7:11 In-Context

9 I used to be alive without the Law, but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life,
10 and I died. So the commandment that was intended to give life brought death.
11 Sin seized the opportunity through the commandment, deceived me, and killed me.
12 So the Law itself is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good.
13 So did something good bring death to me? Absolutely not! But sin caused my death through something good so that sin would be exposed as sin. That way sin would become even more thoroughly sinful through the commandment.