I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived
and I died, and the very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me.
For sin, seizing an opportunity in the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.
So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good.
Did what is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, working death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.