NASB — Romans 7 — KJV

Believers United to Christ

1 Or do you not know, abrethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? 2 For athe married woman is bound by law to her Ihusband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law IIconcerning the husband. 3 So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man.

[1] aRo 1:13
[2] ILit living husband IILit of a1Co 7:39

4 ¶ Therefore, my brethren, you also were amade to die bto the Law cthrough the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5 For while we were ain the flesh, the sinful passions, which were b[aroused] by the Law, were at work cin Ithe members of our body to bear fruit for death. 6 But now we have been areleased from the Law, having bdied to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in cnewness of dthe ISpirit and not in oldness of the letter.

[4] aRo 6:2; 7:6 bRo 8:2; Ga 2:19; 5:18 cCol 1:22
[5] ILit our members to bear aRo 8:8f; 2Co 10:3 bRo 7:7f cRo 6:13, 21, 23
[6] IOr spirit aRo 7:2 bRo 6:2 cRo 6:4 dRo 2:29

7aWhat shall we say then? Is the Law sin? bMay it never be! On the contrary, cI would not have come to know sin except Ithrough the Law; for I would not have known about IIcoveting if the Law had not said, “dYOU SHALL NOT IICOVET.” 8 But sin, ataking opportunity bthrough the commandment, produced in me Icoveting of every kind; for capart IIfrom the Law sin [is] dead. 9 I was once alive apart Ifrom the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died; 10 and this commandment, which was Iato result in life, proved IIto result in death for me; 11 for sin, ataking an opportunity bthrough the commandment, cdeceived me and through it killed me. 12 aSo then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

[7] IOr through law IIOr lust aRo 3:5 bLk 20:16 cRo 3:20; 4:15; 5:20 dEx 20:17; Dt 5:21
[8] IOr lust IIOr from law aRo 7:11 bRo 3:20; 7:11 c1Co 15:56
[9] IOr from law
[10] ILit to life IILit to death aLv 18:5; Lk 10:28; Ro 10:5; Ga 3:12
[11] aRo 7:8 bRo 3:20; 7:8 cGn 3:13
[12] aRo 7:16; 1Ti 1:8

13 ¶ Therefore did that which is good become [a cause of] death for me? aMay it never be! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.

[13] aLk 20:16

The Conflict of Two Natures

14 ¶ For we know that the Law is aspiritual, but I am aof flesh, bsold Icinto bondage to sin. 15 For what I am doing, aI do not understand; for I am not practicing bwhat I [would] like to [do], but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not want [to do], I agree with athe Law, [confessing] that the Law is good. 17 So now, ano longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my aflesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good [is] not. 19 For athe good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, aI am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.

[14] ILit under sin a1Co 3:1 b1K 21:20, 25; 2K 17:17; Ro 6:6; Ga 4:3 cRo 3:9
[15] aJn 15:15 bRo 7:19; Ga 5:17
[16] aRo 7:12; 1Ti 1:8
[17] aRo 7:20
[18] aJn 3:6; Ro 7:25; 8:3
[19] aRo 7:15
[20] aRo 7:17

21 ¶ I find then athe Iprinciple that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God Iin athe inner man, 23 but I see aa different law in Ithe members of my body, waging war against the blaw of my mind and making me a prisoner IIof cthe law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from Iathe body of this bdeath? 25 aThanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh bthe law of sin.

[21] ILit law aRo 7:23, 25; 8:2
[22] IOr concerning a2Co 4:16; Ep 3:16; 1P 3:4
[23] ILit my members IILit in aRo 6:19; Ga 5:17; Jm 4:1; 1P 2:11 bRo 7:25 cRo 7:21, 25; 8:2
[24] IOr this body of death aRo 6:6; Col 2:11 bRo 8:2
[25] a1Co 15:57 bRo 7:21, 23; 8:2


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No law hath power over a man longer than he liveth.

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? 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. 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.

[1] Ezr 7:25; Pv 6:23; Ro 2:17; 6:3, 14; 7:6; 9:3; 10:1; 1Co 9:8; Ga 4:21.
[2] Gn 2:23; Nu 30:7; 1Co 7:4, 39.
[3] Ex 20:14; Lv 20:10; Nu 5:13; Dt 22:22; Ru 2:13; 1S 25:39; Mt 5:32; Mk 10:6; Jn 8:3; 1Ti 5:11.

But we are dead to the Law.

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. 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. 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.

[4] Ps 45:10, 16; Is 54:5; 62:5; Ho 2:19; Mt 26:26; Jn 3:29; 6:51; 15:8; Ro 6:14, 22; 7:6; 8:2; 1Co 10:16; 2Co 11:2; Ga 2:19; 3:13; 5:18, 22; Ep 2:15; 5:23; Php 1:11; 4:17; Col 1:6, 10; 2:14, 20; He 10:10; 1P 2:24; Rv 19:7; 21:9.
[5] Mt 15:19; Jn 3:6; Ro 1:26; 3:20; 4:15; 5:20; 6:13, 19, 21; 7:8, 23; 8:8; 1Co 15:56; 2Co 3:6; Ga 3:10; 5:16, 19, 24; Ep 2:3, 11; Col 3:5; Tit 3:3; Jm 1:15; 2:9; 4:1; 1Jn 3:4.
[6] Ezk 11:19; 36:26; Ro 1:9; 2:27; 6:2, 4, 11, 14, 19, 22; 7:1, 4; 12:2; 2Co 3:6; 5:17; Ga 2:19; 3:13, 23; 4:4; 6:15; Php 3:3; Col 3:10.

Yet is not the Law sin,

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 covet. 8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin [was] dead. 9 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 death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew [me].

[7] Gn 3:6; Ex 20:17; Dt 5:21; Jsh 7:21; 2S 11:2; 1K 21:1; Ps 19:7; 119:96; Mi 2:2; Mt 5:28; Lk 12:15; Ac 20:33; Ro 3:5, 20; 4:1; 6:15; 7:5, 8, 11, 13; 13:9; 1Co 15:56; Ep 5:3; Col 3:5; 1Th 4:5; 1Jn 2:15.
[8] Jn 15:22, 24; Ro 4:15; 5:20; 7:11, 13, 17; 1Co 15:56; Jm 1:14.
[9] Ps 40:12; Mt 5:21; 15:4; 19:20; Mk 7:8; Lk 10:25; 15:29; 18:9, 21; Ro 3:19, 20; 7:4, 6, 11, 21; 8:7; 10:5; Ga 2:19; 3:10; Php 3:5; Jm 2:10.
[10] Lv 18:5; Ezk 20:11, 13, 21; Lk 10:27; Ro 10:5; 2Co 3:7.
[11] Is 44:20; Jr 17:9; 49:16; Ob 1:3; Ro 7:8, 13; Ep 4:22; He 3:13; Jm 1:22, 26.

but holy, just, good,

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? 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. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

[12] Dt 4:8; 10:12; Ne 9:13; Ps 19:7; 119:38, 86, 127, 137, 140, 172; Ro 3:31; 7:7, 14; 12:2; 1Ti 1:8.
[13] Ro 5:20; 7:8; 8:3; Ga 3:21; Jm 1:13.
[14] Gn 37:27, 36; 40:15; Ex 21:2; 22:3; Lv 19:18; Dt 6:5; 1K 21:20, 25; 2K 17:17; Jb 42:6; Ps 51:6; 119:25; Pv 30:2, 5; Is 6:5; 50:1; 52:3; 64:5; Am 2:6; Mt 5:22, 28; 16:23; 18:25; 22:37; Lk 5:8; 7:6; 18:11; Ro 7:18, 22, 24; 1Co 3:1; Ep 3:8; He 4:12.
[15] 1K 8:46; Ps 1:6; 19:12; 36:4; 65:3; 97:10; 101:3; 119:1, 32, 40, 104, 113, 128, 163; Pv 8:13; 13:5; Ec 7:20; Am 5:15; Na 1:7; Lk 11:48; Ro 7:16, 19; 12:9; 14:22; Ga 5:17; Php 3:12; 2Ti 2:19; He 1:9; Jm 3:2; 1Jn 1:7; Jde 1:23.

as I acknowledge, who am grieved because I cannot keep it.

16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that [it is] good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 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. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that 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 present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 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. 24 O wretched 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.

[16] Ps 119:127; Ro 7:12, 14, 22.
[17] Ro 4:7; 7:18, 20, 23; 2Co 8:12; Php 3:8; Jm 4:5.
[18] Gn 6:5; 8:21; Jb 14:4; 15:14; 25:4; Ps 51:5; 119:5, 32, 40, 115, 173, 176; Is 64:6; Mt 15:19; Mk 7:21; Lk 11:13; Jn 3:6; Ro 7:5, 15, 19, 25; 8:3; 13:14; Ga 5:17, 19, 24; Ep 2:1; Php 2:13; 3:12; Tit 3:3; 1P 4:2.
[20] Ro 7:17.
[21] 2Ch 30:18; Ps 19:12, 13; 40:12; 65:3; 119:37, 133; Is 6:5; Zc 3:1; Lk 4:1; Jn 8:34; Ro 6:12, 14; 7:23; 8:2; Ep 6:11; He 2:17; 4:15; 2P 2:19.
[22] Jb 23:12; Ps 1:2; 19:8; 40:8; 119:16, 24, 35, 47, 72, 92, 97, 111, 113, 127, 167, 174; Is 51:7; Jn 4:34; Ro 2:29; 8:7; 2Co 4:16; Ep 3:16; Col 3:9; He 8:10; 1P 3:4.
[23] Ps 142:7; Ec 7:20; Ro 6:13, 19; 7:5, 14, 21, 25; 8:2; Ga 5:17; 1Ti 6:11; 2Ti 2:25; He 12:4; Jm 3:2; 4:1; 1P 2:11.
[24] Dt 22:26; 1K 8:38; Ps 6:6; 32:3; 38:2, 8; 71:11; 72:12; 77:3; 88:5; 91:14; 102:20; 119:20, 81, 131, 143, 176; 130:1; Ezk 9:4; Mi 7:19; Zc 9:11; Mt 5:4, 6; Lk 4:18; Ro 6:6; 8:13, 26; 2Co 1:8; 12:7; Col 2:11; 2Ti 4:18; Tit 2:14; He 2:15; Rv 21:4.
[25] Ps 107:15; 116:16; Is 12:1; 49:9, 13; Mt 1:21; Ro 6:14, 17; 7:15; 1Co 15:57; 2Co 9:15; 12:9; Ga 5:17; Ep 5:20; Php 3:3; 4:6; Col 3:17; 1P 2:5, 9.


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