7 Or are ye ignorant, brethren,—For unto them that understand law am I speaking That the law hath lordship over a man as long as he liveth?
2 For the married woman unto her living husband is bound by law; But if her husband have died She hath received a full release from the law of her husband.
3 Hence then her husband being alive An adulteress shall she be called—If she become another man’s, But if the husband have died she is free from the law; So that she is not an adulteress though she become another man’s.
4 So then my brethren ye also were made dead unto the law through the body of the Christ, To the end ye might become another’s—His who from among the dead was raised, In order that we might bring forth fruit unto God.
5 For when we were in the flesh the susceptibilities of sins which were through the law used to be energized in our members unto the bringing forth of fruit unto death;
6 But now we have received full release from the law by dying [in that] wherein we used to be held fast, So that we should be doing service—In newness of spirit And not in obsoleteness of letter.
7 What then shall we say? Is the law sin? Far be it! On the contrary I had not discovered sin save through law, For even of coveting I had not been aware if the law had not kept on saying—Thou shall not covet;
8 Howbeit sin taking occasion—Through the commandment wrought out in me all manner of coveting; For apart from law sin is dead;—
9 And I was alive apart from law at one time, But the commandment coming Sin sprang up to life
10 whereas I died,—And the commandment which was unto life was found by me to be itself unto death;
11 For sin—taking occasion—Through the commandment completely deceived me And through it slew me:
12 So that the law indeed is holy, and the commandment holy and righteous and good.
13 Did then that which is good unto me become death? Far be it! But [it was] sin that it might appear sin through that which was good unto me working out death, In order that exceeding sinful might sin become through the commandment.
14 For we know that the law is spiritual,—I however am a creature of flesh, Sold under sin;
15 For that which I am working out I do not approve,—For not what I wish the same I practise, But what I hate the same I do:
16 Now if what I wish not the same I do I consent unto the law that [it is] right.
17 Now however no longer am I working it out But the sin that dwelleth in me:
18 I know in fact that there dwelleth not in me that is in my flesh anything good; For the wishing lieth near me, But the working out of what is right not!
19 For not the good that I wish I do, But the evil that I do not wish the same I practise.
20 Now if what I wish not the same I do No longer am I working it out, But the sin that dwelleth in me.
21 Hence I find the law To me who wish to be doing the right That unto me the wrong lieth near:
22 I have in fact a sympathetic pleasure in the law of God; according to the inner man.
23 But I behold a diverse law in my members, Warring against the law of my mind And taking me captive in the law of sin which existeth in my members:—
24 Wretched man am I! Who shall rescue me out of this body doomed to death?
25 [But] thanks be unto God!—Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Hence then—I myself with the mind indeed am in servitude unto a law of God; But with the flesh unto a law of sin.