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Romans 7 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Released From the Law, Bound to Christ

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:1 - Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives?
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:2 - For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:3 - So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:4 - So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:5 - For when we were in the realm of the flesh,[fn] the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:6 - But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

The Law and Sin

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:7 - What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:8 - But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:9 - Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:10 - I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:11 - For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:12 - So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:13 - Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:14 - We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:15 - I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:16 - And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:17 - As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:18 - For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[fn] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:19 - For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:20 - Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:21 - So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:22 - For in my inner being I delight in God’s law;
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:23 - but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:24 - What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:25 - Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[fn] a slave to the law of sin.
NIV Footnotes
In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.
Exodus 20:17; Deut. 5:21
Or my flesh
Or in the flesh

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