The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans

Chapter 7

The law of Moses is fulfilled in Christ—Paul delights in the law of God after the inward man.

 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the alaw hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

 For the awoman which hath an bhusband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become adead to the blaw by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

 aFor when we were in the flesh, the bmotions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto cdeath.

 But now we are adelivered from the law, that being bdead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of cspirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? aGod forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the blaw: for I had not known clust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not dcovet.

 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the alaw sin was dead.

 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

 10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto adeath.

 11 For sin, ataking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.

 12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

 13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? aGod forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

 14 For we know that the alaw is spiritual: but I am bcarnal, csold under sin.

 15 aFor bthat which I do I callow not: for what I dwould, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

 16 If then I do that which I awould not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

 17 Now then it is no more I that ado it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my aflesh,) bdwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to cperform that which is good I find not.

 19 For the agood that I bwould I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

 20 Now if I do athat I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is apresent with me.

 22 For I adelight in the law of God after the inward man:

 23 But I see another law in my members, awarring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into bcaptivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

 24 O awretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.