Modern Literal Version
[Romans 7]


     7:1 Or are youĎ ignorant, brethren (for* I am speaking to men who know the law), that the law has lordship over a man inasmuch time as he is living? 7:2 For* the woman in wedlock has been bound by the law to the living husband, but if the husband dies, she has been done-away-with{i.e.: discharged} from the law of the husband. 7:3 Therefore consequently*, if the husband is living, if she becomes joined to a different man, she will be divinely-called, an adulteress. But if the husband dies, she is free from the law, she is not an adulteress, even if she had become joined to a different man.

     7:4 So-then my brethren, youĎ were also slain to the law through the body of Christ; *that* youĎshould become joined to a different one, that is to the one who was raised up from the dead, in order that we might bear-fruit to God. 7:5 For* when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were through the law, was working in our members, *that* they might bear-fruit to death.7:6 But now we have been done-away-with {i.e.: discharged} from the law, having died in what we were being held; so-that we are to serve* in newness of the spirit and not in oldness of thewriting.

     7:7 Therefore what shall we say? Is the law sin? Let it not happen! But, I did not know sin, except through the law; for* I also did not know coveting {Greek: lust}, except that the law was saying, Do not covet {Greek: lust}{Exo 20:17}. 7:8 But sin, having taken a starting-point, worked in me through the commandment all manner of coveting {Greek: lust}; for* separate from the law sinis dead. 7:9 But I was previously living separate from the law, but when* the commandment came, sin lived again through me and I died; 7:10 and the commandment which was to life, it was found in me to be to death; 7:11 for* sin, having taken a starting-point through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 7:12 So-that the law indeed is holy and the commandment holy and righteous and good. 7:13 Therefore what is the good thing for me, has it become death? Let it not happen! But sin, in order that it might appear as sin, through what is the good thing for me, was working death; in order that sin might become a surpassingly-better sinner through the commandment. 7:14 For* we know that the law is spiritual, but I am fleshly, having been sold*under sin.

     7:15 For* I do not know what I am working. For* I am doing this thing which I do not will butinstead I am doing this thing which I am hating. 7:16 But if I am practicing this thing which I do not will, I assent together with the law; that it is good. 7:17 So now I no longer am working it, butthe sin which is dwelling in me. 7:18 For* I know what is a good thing is not dwelling in me, (that is, in my flesh); for* it is laying beside me to will it, but I am not finding what is a good thing to work it. 7:19 For* I am not practicing the good thing which I will, but instead I am doing this evil thing which I do not will. 7:20 But if I am practicing this thing which I do not will, I am no longer working it, but the sin which is dwelling in me. 7:21 Consequently*, I find the law to me who is willing to practice the good thingС evil is laying beside me.

     7:22 For* I delight-inwardly in the law of God according to the inward man. 7:23 But I am seeing a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind and capturing me in the law of sin which is in my members. 7:24O I am a miserable man! Who will rescue me out of the body of this death? 7:25 I am giving-thanks to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore consequently*, I myself, indeed, serve* the law of God with the mind, but I serve*the law of sin with the flesh.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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