1 Or do you not know, brethren (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 woman who has a husband is bound by the Law to her husband as long as he
lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband.
3 So then if, while her husband lives, she becomes another man's, she will be called an
adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress,
though she becomes another man's.
4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the Law through the body of
Christ, that you may become Another's; to Him who was raised from the dead, that we
should bear fruit unto God.
5 For when we were in the flesh, the passions of sin which were through the Law were at
work in our members to bear fruit unto death.
6 But now we have been loosed from the Law, having died to that in which we were
held, so that we should serve in the newness of spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.
7 What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? Let it not be! On the contrary, I would not
have understood sin except through the Law. For I would not have known lust unless the
Law had said, You shall not covet.
8 But sin, taking occasion through the commandment, produced in me every lust. For
apart from the Law sin is dead.
9 I was alive once apart from the Law, but when the commandment came, sin revived
and I died.
10 And the commandment, which was unto life, I found to be unto death.
11 For sin, taking occasion through the commandment, deceived me, and through it
12 Therefore the Law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.
13 Has then that which is good become death to me? Let it not be! But sin, that it might
appear to be sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the
commandment might become exceedingly sinful.
14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I do not wish to do, that I do;
moreover, what I hate, that I do.
16 If, then, I do what I do not wish to do, I agree with the Law that it is good.
17 But now, it is no longer I doing it, but sin that dwells in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to desire is
present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
19 For the good that I wish to do, I do not do; but the evil I do not wish to do, that I
20 Now if I do what I do not wish to do, it is no longer I doing it, but sin that dwells in
21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one desiring to do good.
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 which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! Who will 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.