Romans 7:8
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English Standard Version
But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead.

King James Bible
But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.

American Standard Version
but sin, finding occasion, wrought in me through the commandment all manner of coveting: for apart from the law sin is dead.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But sin taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.

English Revised Version
but sin, finding occasion, wrought in me through the commandment all manner of coveting: for apart from the law sin is dead.

Webster's Bible Translation
But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.

Weymouth New Testament
Sin took advantage of this, and by means of the Commandment stirred up within me every kind of coveting; for apart from Law sin would be dead.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Sin

Personified.

Occasion (ἀφορμὴν)

Emphatic, expressing the relation of the law to sin. The law is not sin, but sin found occasion in the law. Used only by Paul. See 2 Corinthians 5:12; Galatians 5:13; 1 Timothy 5:14. The verb ἀφορμάω means to make a start from a place. Ἁφορμή is therefore primarily a starting-point, a base of operations. The Lacedaemonians agreed that Peloponnesus would be ἀφορμὴν ἱκανὴν a good base of operations (Thucydides, i., 90). Thus, the origin, cause, occasion, or pretext of a thing; the means with which one begins. Generally, resources, as means of war, capital in business. Here the law is represented as furnishing sin with the material or ground of assault, "the fulcrum for the energy of the evil principle." Sin took the law as a base of operations.

Wrought (κατειργάσατο)

The compound verb with κατά down through always signifies the bringing to pass or accomplishment. See 1 Timothy 2:9; 1 Corinthians 5:3; 2 Corinthians 7:10. It is used both of evil and good. See especially Romans 7:15, Romans 7:17, Romans 7:18, Romans 7:20. "To man everything forbidden appears as a desirable blessing; but yet, as it is forbidden, he feels that his freedom is limited, and now his lust rages more violently, like the waves against the dyke" (Tholuck).

Dead

Not active.

Romans 7:8 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

sin.

Romans 7:11,13,17 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me...

Romans 4:15 Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

wrought.

James 1:14,15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed...

For without, etc. Rather, 'For without a law sin is dead.' Where there is no law, there is no transgression; for sin is the transgression of the law: the very essence of sin consists in the violation of some positive law.

Romans 4:15 Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

John 15:22,24 If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin...

1 Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

Cross References
Mark 7:22
coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.

Romans 3:20
For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

Romans 7:9
I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died.

Romans 7:11
For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.

1 Corinthians 15:56
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

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