Chapter 7
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Or don't you know, sisters (for I speak to women who know the law), that the law has dominion over a woman for as long as she lives?
002
For the man that has a wife is bound by law to the wife while she lives, but if the wife dies, he is discharged from the law of the wife.
003
So then if, while the wife lives, he is joined to another woman, he would be called an adulterer. But if the wife dies, he is free from the law, so that he is no adulterer, though he is joined to another woman.
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Therefore, my sisters, you also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you would be joined to another, to her who was raised from the dead, that we might bring forth fruit to God.
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For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were through the law, worked in our members to bring forth fruit to death.
006
But now we have been discharged from the law, having died to that in which we were held; so that we serve in newness of the spirit, and not in oldness of the letter.
007
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? May it never be! However, I wouldn't have known sin, except through the law. For I wouldn't have known coveting, unless the law had said, "You shall not covet."
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But sin, finding occasion through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of coveting. For apart from the law, sin is dead.
009
I was alive apart from the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
010
The commandment, which was for life, this I found to be for death;
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for sin, finding occasion through the commandment, deceived me, and through it killed me.
012
Therefore the law indeed is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good.
013
Did then that which is good become death to me? May it never be! But sin, that it might be shown to be sin, by working death to me through that which is good; that through the commandment sin might become exceeding sinful.
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For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin.
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For I don't know what I am doing. For I don't practice what I desire to do; but what I hate, that I do.
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But if what I don't desire, that I do, I consent to the law that it is good.
017
So now it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me.
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For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwells no good thing. For desire is present with me, but I don't find it doing that which is good.
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For the good which I desire, I don't do; but the evil which I don't desire, that I practice.
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But if what I don't desire, that I do, it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me.
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I find then the law, that, to me, while I desire to do good, evil is present.
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For I delight in God's law after the inward woman,
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but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my members.
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What a wretched woman I am! Who will deliver me out of the body of this death?
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I thank God through Jesus Christ, our Domina! So then with the mind, I myself serve God's law, but with the flesh, the sin's law.