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1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. 3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. 4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. 6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. 7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. 8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. 9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. 13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 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 perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

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1 Sarah R = "Paul refers here to the Jews, who would be familiar with the Old Testament law."
2 Sarah R = "Although the Old Testament law talked about certificates of divorce, the New Testament frowns overall on divorce. Consider these words of Jesus, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:8-9), and of Paul, ¨To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband.11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.¨ (1 Corinthians 7:10-11)."
3 Cary W = "The complete work of God in Christ was to release the world from the penalties of disobedience to the laws of God, by placing His Son in our stead, bearing upon Himself the chastisement due each of us.By accepting the atonement of His cross, then, we also inherit the blessings of His resurrection, the renewing of our Spirit that we may now be vessels of this grace and bear fruit unto God."
4 Sarah R = "Paul states that the Old Testament law revealed what God saw as sin and how to live a holy life before Him. "
5 Sarah R = "¨The corrupt nature would not have swelled and raged so much if it had not been for the restraints of the law; as the peccant humours in the body are raised, and more inflamed, by a purge that is not strong enough to carry them off. It is incident to corrupt nature, in vetitum niti—to lean towards what is forbidden. Ever since Adam ate forbidden fruit, we have all been fond of forbidden paths; the diseased appetite is carried out most strongly towards that which is hurtful and prohibited. Without the law sin was dead, as a snake in winter, which the sunbeams of the law quicken and irritate.¨- Matthew Henry Commentary"
6 Sarah R = "9 There was a time when I was living without the law, but the commandment came and changed everything: sin came to life, and I died. 10 This commandment was supposed to bring life; but in my experience, it brought death. 11 Sin took advantage of the commandment, tricked me, and exploited it in order to kill me. 12 So hear me out: the law is holy; and its commandments are holy, right, and good.- The Voice Bible translation"
7 Sarah R = "¨God gives Israel the law as part of His covenant promises. The law does a great deal for His people; mainly it sets them apart from all other nations of the world and gives them a blueprint for God’s will. But, according to Paul, the law cannot fix everything that is wrong with this broken world. Although the law is perfectly suited for bringing sin to the surface and exposing it, the law cannot free people from the power of sin and its evil twin, death.¨- Study note for Romans 7:13 from The Voice Bible."
8 Sara Di Diego = "By following one's carnal sin, you become a slave against your will.  And the sin becomes your master. Work Cited:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/romans/romans-7.html"
9 Sarah R = "Paul refers to our sinful nature, that without God we struggle to live as God requires. This is why the gift of grace is so amazing."
10 Deena E = ""the good that I should do, I don't, but the evil that I should not do, I do"I've heard this being referred to as being spiritually bipolar and I think everyone can relate to this. Paul is especially referring to discipline in being consistent with our commitments. Doing what's right all the time is practically impossible, but I find myself in positions like what Paul is talking about all the time. "
11 Cary W = "Once our spirit has been renewed by God's work in Christ, we find that our inner man rejoices in the righteousness and purity of God's ways and laws, yet in our flesh the principle of sin still remains a while.  That is why we can no longer look to our own wretched self to accomplish God's good pleasure.Yet with the mind and spirit, we can disengage the predominance of our senses and lower cravings, having a renewed Spirit and a purified conscious toward God, we serve Him in our inner man, bringing the body and its cravings ever before Him to transform, cleanse and remove."