THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
C. Bondage in the Flesh
by the Indwelling Sin
1. Two Husbands
1 Or are you ignorant, brothers (for I speak to those who know the law), that the 1law lords it over the man as long as he lives?
2 For the married woman is bound by the 1law to her 2husband while he is living; but if the husband dies, she is discharged from the 1law regarding the husband.
3 So then if, while the husband is living, she is joined to 1another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if the husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress, though she is joined to 1another man.
4 So then, my brothers, 1you also ahave been made dead to the law through the body of Christ so that 1you might be 2joined to banother, to Him who has been raised from the dead, that we might 3bear fruit to God.
5 For when we were in the flesh, the passions for sins, which acted through the law, operated in our members to bear fruit to death.
6 But now we have been 1discharged from the law, having died to that in which we were held, so that we 2serve in 3newness of 4spirit and not in oldness of letter.
7 What then shall we say? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! But 1I did not aknow sin except through the 2law; for neither did I know coveting, except the law had said, 3b"You shall not covet.''
8 But 1sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, worked out in me coveting of every kind; for without the law sin is dead.
9 And I was alive without the law once; but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died.
10 And the commandment, which was unto life, this very commandment was found to me to be unto 1death.
11 For sin, seizing the opportunity 1through the commandment, adeceived me and bthrough it killed me.
12 So then the law is holy, and the commandment holy and righteous and good.
13 Did then that which is good become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin did, that it might 1be shown to be sin by working out death in me through that which is good, that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful.
14 For we 1know that the law is 2spiritual; but I am 3fleshy, sold under sin.
15 For what I work out, I 1do not acknowledge; for what I will, this I do not practice; but what I hate, this I do.
16 But if what I do not will, this I do, I agree with the law that it is good.
17 Now then it is ano longer I that work it out but sin that 1dwells in me.
18 For I 1know that in me, that is, in my 2flesh, 3nothing good dwells; for 4to will is present with me, but to work out the good is not.
19 For I do not do the good which I will; but the evil which I do not will, this I practice.
20 But if what I do not will, this I do, it is ano longer I that work it out but sin that dwells in me.
21 I find then 1the law with me who wills to do the good, that is, the 2evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the 1law of God according to the inner man,
23 But I see a different 1law in my members, 2warring against the law of my mind and making me a 3captive to the alaw of sin which is in my members.
24 1Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from 2the body of 3this death?
25 aThanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then 1with the mind I myself 2serve the law of God, but with the flesh, the 3law of sin.