No law hath power over a man longer than he liveth.
Romans 7:1 Remembre ye not brethren (I speake to them that knowe the lawe) howe that the lawe hath power ouer a man as longe as yt endureth? Romans 7:2 For the woman whiche is in subiection to a man, is bounde by the lawe to the man as longe as he liueth. If the man be dead, she is lowsed from the lawe of the man. Romans 7:3 So then if whyle þe man liueth the completh her selfe wyth an other man, she shall be counted a wedlocke breaker. But yf þe man be dead, she is fre from the law, so þt she is no wedlocke breaker, though she couple her selfe wyth an other man.
But we are dead to the Law.
Romans 7:4 Euen so ye my brethren, are dead concerning the lawe by the bodye of Christ, that ye shoulde be coupled to another (I meane to hym that is risen agayne from death) that we shoulde brynge forth fruite vnto God. Romans 7:5 For when we were in the fleshe the lustes of synne whych were sterred vp by the law reygned in oure membres, to brynge forthe fruyte vnto deathe. Romans 7:6 But nowe are we deliuered from the lawe, & dead from that where vnto we were in bondage, that we should serue in a newe conuersacion of the spirite, and not in the olde conuersacion of the letter.
Yet is not the Law sin,
Romans 7:7 What shall we saye then? Is the lawe synne? God forbid: but I knewe not what synne meante but by the law. For I had not knowne what luste had meant, except the lawe had sayed, thou shalte, not lust. Romans 7:8 But synne toke an occasion by the meanes of the commaundement, and wrought in me al maner of concupiscence. For without the lawe, synne was dead. Romans 7:9 I ones liued without lawe. But when the commaundemente came, synne reuyued, & I was deade. Romans 7:10 And the verye same commaundemente which was ordeyned vnto lyfe, was founde to be vnto me an occasion of death, Romans 7:11 for synne toke occasion by the meanes of the commaundement and so disceyued me, and by the selfe commaundemente slewe me.
but holy, just, good,
Romans 7:12 Wherfore the lawe is holye and the commaundement holy, iuste and good. Romans 7:13 Was that then whiche is good, made death vnto me? God forbid. Naye, synne was death vnto me, that yt might appere, howe that synne by þe meanes of that which is good, had wrought death in me: that sinne which is vnder þe commaundemente, myghte be out of measure synfull. Romans 7:14 For we knowe þt the lawe is spirituall but I am carnal, sold vnder synne, Romans 7:15 because I wote not what I do. For what. I would do, that I do not: but what I hate, that do I.
as I acknowledge, who am grieved because I cannot keep it.
Romans 7:16 Yf I do nowe that which I would not. I graunt to the lawe þt it is good. Romans 7:17 So then now, yt is not I that do yt, but sinne that dwelleth in me. Romans 7:18 For I knowe that in me (that is to saye in my fleshe) dwelleth no good thynge. To wyll is present wyth me: but I fynde no meanes to performe that whiche is good. Romans 7:19 For I doo not the good thynge whyche I woulde: but that euyll do I which I woulde not. Romans 7:20 Finallye, if I do that I woulde not, then is yt not I that do it, but synne that dwelleth in me, doeth it. Romans 7:21 I fynde then by the lawe that when I woulde do good, euyll is present with me. Romans 7:22 I delite the lawe of God, concernynge the inner man. Romans 7:23 But I se another lawe in my membres rebellynge agaynst the lawe of my mynde and subduynge me vnto þe lawe of synne whyche is in my membres. Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am: who shall deliuer me frome this bodye of deathe? Romans 7:25 I thanke God thorowe Iesus Christe oure Lorde. So then I my selfe in my mynde serue the law of God, & in my flesh the lawe of synne.