9 Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.

Read Romans 7:9 Using Other Translations

For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died.
At one time I lived without understanding the law. But when I learned the command not to covet, for instance, the power of sin came to life,