Romanos 7

1 Or are you ignorant, brothers; for I speak to those who know the Law; that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives?

2 For the married woman was bound by law to the living husband. But if the husband is dead, she is set free from the law of [her] husband.

3 So then [if], while [her] husband lives, she is married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress. But if the husband dies, she is free from the law, [so that] she is no adulteress by becoming another man's wife.

4 So, my brothers, you also have become dead to the law by the body of Christ so that you should be married to Another, [even] to Him raised from [the] dead, that we should bring forth fruit to God.

5 For when we were in the flesh, the passions of sin worked in our members through the law to bring forth fruit to death.

6 But now we having been set free from the Law, having died [to that] in which we were held, so that we serve in newness of spirit and not [in] oldness of the letter.

7 What shall we say then? [Is] the law sin? Let it not be said! But I did not know sin except through the law. For also I did not know lust except the law said, You shall not lust.

8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, worked in me all kinds of lust. For apart from 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] to life, was found [to be] death to me.

11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed [me].

12 So indeed the Law [is] holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good.

13 Then has that [which is] good become death to me? Let it not be! But sin, that it might appear [to be] sin, working death in me by [that which is] good; in order that sin might become exceedingly sinful by the commandment.

14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.

15 For that which I do, I know not. For what I desire, that I do not do; but what I hate, that I do.

16 If then I do that which I do not desire, I consent to the law that [it is] good.

17 But now it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me.

18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing. For to will is present with me, but [how] to perform [that which is] good I do not find.

19 For I do not do the good that I desire; but the evil which I do not will, that I do.

20 But if I do what I do not desire, [it is] no more I working it out, but sin dwelling in me.

21 I find then a law: when I will to do the right, evil is present with me.

22 For I delight in the law of God according to 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 being 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.