The Law and Sin

What shall we say, then?(A) Is the law sinful? Certainly not!(B) Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law.(C) For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”[a](D)

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 7:7 Exodus 20:17; Deut. 5:21
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13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good(A) to bring about my death,(B) so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.

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14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual,(A) sold(B) as a slave to sin.(C)

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16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.(A)

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in order that the righteous requirement(A) of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.(B)

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21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not!(A) For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.(B)

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We know that the law is good(A) if one uses it properly.

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15 because the law brings wrath.(A) And where there is no law there is no transgression.(B)

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