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Romans 7 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:1 - Do you not know, brethren--for I am speaking to those who know the law--that the law is binding on a person only during his life?
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:2 - Thus a married woman is bound by law to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband dies she is discharged from the law concerning the husband.
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 brethren, you 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 - 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 discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.
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 should not have known sin. I should 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, finding opportunity in the commandment, wrought in me all kinds of covetousness. 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 revived and I died;
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:10 - the very commandment which promised life proved to be death to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:11 - For sin, finding opportunity in the commandment, deceived me and by it killed me.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:12 - So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:13 - Did that which 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.

The Conflict of Two Natures

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:14 - We know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:15 - 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 that the law is good.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:17 - So then it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:18 - For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:19 - For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:20 - Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which 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 inmost self,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:23 - but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which 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 of myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

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