Released From the Law, Bound to Christ
7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that
know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as
long as he liveth?
7:2 For the woman which hath an husband 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.
7:3 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.
7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the
law 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.
7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins,
which were by the law, did work in our members to bring
forth fruit unto death.
7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead
wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of
spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
The Law and Sin
7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God
forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had
not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not
7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in
me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was
7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the
commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
7:10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I
found to be unto death.
7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived
me, and by it slew me.
7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy,
and just, and good.
7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God
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.
7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am
carnal, sold under sin.
7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would,
that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto
the law that it is good.
7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that
dwelleth in me.
7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth
no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to
perform that which is good I find not.
7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which
I would not, that I do.
7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do
it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is
present with me.
7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against
the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the
law of sin which is in my members.
7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from
the body of this death?
7:25 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.