No law hath power over a man longer than he liveth.
Romans 7:1 Knowe yee not, brethren, (for I speake to them that knowe the Lawe) that the Lawe hath dominion ouer a man as long as he liueth? Romans 7:2 For the woman which is in subiection to a man, is bound by the Lawe to the man, while he liueth: but if the man bee dead, shee is deliuered from the lawe of the man. Romans 7:3 So then, if while the man liueth, she taketh another man, she shalbe called an adulteresse: but if the man be dead, she is free fro the Law, so that shee is not an adulteresse, though shee take another man.
But we are dead to the Law.
Romans 7:4 So yee, my brethren, are dead also to the Law by ye body of Christ, that ye should be vnto an other, euen vnto him that is raised vp from the dead, that we should bring foorth fruite vnto God. Romans 7:5 For when we were in ye flesh, the affections of sinnes, which were by the Law, had force in our members, to bring foorth fruit vnto death. Romans 7:6 But now we are deliuered from the Lawe, he being dead in whom we were holden, that we should serue in newnesse of Spirite, and not in the oldnesse of the letter.
Yet is not the Law sin,
Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the Lawe sinne? God forbid. Nay, I knewe not sinne, but by the Lawe: for I had not knowen lust, except the Lawe had sayd, Thou shalt not lust. Romans 7:8 But sinne tooke an occasion by ye commandement, and wrought in me all maner of concupiscence: for without the Lawe sinne is dead. Romans 7:9 For I once was aliue, wtout the Law: but when the commandement came, sinne reuiued, Romans 7:10 But I died: and the same commandement which was ordeined vnto life, was found to be vnto me vnto death. Romans 7:11 For sinne tooke occasion by the commandement, and deceiued me, and thereby slewe me.
but holy, just, good,
Romans 7:12 Wherefore the Lawe is holy, and that commandement is 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, wrought death in me by that which is good, that sinne might be out of measure sinfull by the commandement. Romans 7:14 For we knowe that the Law is spirituall, but I am carnall, solde vnder sinne. Romans 7:15 For I alow not that which I do: for what I would, that do I not: but what I hate, that do I.
as I acknowledge, who am grieved because I cannot keep it.
Romans 7:16 If I doe then that which I woulde not, I consent to the Lawe, that it is good. Romans 7:17 Nowe 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 wil is preset with me: but I find no meanes to perform that which is good. Romans 7:19 For I doe not the good thing, which I would, but the euil, which I would not, that do I. Romans 7:20 Nowe if I do that I would not, it is no more I that doe it, but the sinne that dwelleth in me. Romans 7:21 I finde then that when I would doe good, I am thus yoked, that euill is present with me. Romans 7:22 For I delite in the Law of God, concerning the inner man: Romans 7:23 But I see another Law in my members, rebelling against the Lawe of my minde, and leading me captiue vnto the lawe 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 Lorde. Then I my selfe in my minde serue the Lawe of God, but in my flesh the lawe of sinne.