No law hath power over a man longer than he liveth.
Romans 7:1 Know ye not, brethren (for I speake to them that knowe the Lawe) how that the Lawe hath dominion ouer a man, as long as he liueth? Romans 7:2 For the woman which hath an husbaud, is bound by the law to her husband, so long as he liueth: but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of the husband. Romans 7:3 So then if while her husband liueth, shee be married to another man, shee shalbe called an adulteresse: but if her husband be dead, shee is free from that law, so that she is no adulteresse, though she be married to another man.
But we are dead to the Law.
Romans 7:4 Wherefore my brethren, yee also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ, that ye should be married to another, euen to him who is raised from the dead, that wee should bring forth fruit vnto God, Romans 7:5 For when wee were in the flesh, the motions of sinnes which were by the law, did worke in our members, to bring foorth fruit vnto death. Romans 7:6 But now wee are deliuered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held, that we should serue in newnesse of spirit, and not in the oldnesse of the letter.
Yet is not the Law sin,
Romans 7:7 What shall wee say then? is the law sinne? God forbid. Nay, I had not knowen sinne, but by the lawe: for I had not knowen lust, except the Law had said, Thou shalt not couet. Romans 7:8 But sinne taking occasion by the commaundement, wrought in me all maner of concupiscence. For without the Law sinne [was] dead. Romans 7:9 For I was aliue without the Law once, but when the commandement came, sinne reuiued, and I died. Romans 7:10 And the commandement which was [ordained] to life, I found to be vnto death. Romans 7:11 For sinne taking occasion by the commandement, deceiued me, and by it slew me.
but holy, just, good,
Romans 7:12 Wherefore the Law is holy, and the Commandement holy, and iust, and good. Romans 7:13 Was that then which is good, made death vnto me? God forbid. But sinne, that it might appeare sinne, working death in mee by that which is good: that sinne by the Commaundement might become exceeding sinfull. Romans 7:14 For wee know that the Law is spirituall: but I am carnall, sold vnder sinne. Romans 7:15 For that which I do, I allow not: for what I would, that do I not, but what I hate, that doe I.
as I acknowledge, who am grieved because I cannot keep it.
Romans 7:16 If then I doe that which I would not, I consent vnto the Law, that it is good. Romans 7:17 Now then, it is no more I that doe it: but sinne that dwelleth in me. Romans 7:18 For I know, that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing. For to will is present with me: but [how] to performe that which is good, I find not. Romans 7:19 For the good that I would, I do not: but the euill which I would not, that I doe. Romans 7:20 Now if I doe that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sinne that dwelleth in me. Romans 7:21 I find then a Law, that when I would do good, euil is present with me. Romans 7:22 For I delight in the Lawe of God, after the inward man. Romans 7:23 But I see another Lawe in my members, warring against the Lawe of my minde, and bringing me into captiuity to the Law of sinne, which is in my members. Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am: who shall deliuer me from the body of this death? Romans 7:25 I thanke God through Iesus Christ our Lord. So then, with the mind I my self serue the Law of God: but with the flesh, the law of sinne.