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Romans 7 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Released from the Law

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:1 - Or do you not know, brothers[fn]—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives?
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:2 - For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:3 - Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:4 - Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:5 - For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:6 - But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.[fn]

The Law and Sin

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:7 - What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:8 - But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:9 - I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:10 - The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:11 - For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:12 - So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:13 - Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:14 - For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:15 - For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:16 - Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:17 - So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:18 - For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:19 - For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:20 - Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:21 - So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:22 - For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:23 - but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:24 - Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:25 - Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
ESV Footnotes
Or brothers and sisters; also verse 4
Greek law concerning the husband
Greek of the letter

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