New International Version
So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
King James Bible
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Darby Bible Translation
I find then the law upon *me* who will to practise what is right, that with *me* evil is there.
World English Bible
I find then the law, that, to me, while I desire to do good, evil is present.
Young's Literal Translation
I find, then, the law, that when I desire to do what is right, with me the evil is present,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I find then a law - I am in such a condition and state of soul, under the power of such habits and sinful propensities, that when I would do good - when my will and reason are strongly bent on obedience to the law of God and opposition to the principle of sin, evil is present with me, κακον παρακειται, evil is at hand, it lies constantly before me. That, as the will to do good is constantly at hand, Romans 7:18, so the principle of rebellion exciting me to sin is equally present; but, as the one is only will, wish, and desire, without power to do what is willed, to obtain what is wished, or to perform what is desired, sin continually prevails.
The word νομος, law, in this verse, must be taken as implying any strong or confirmed habit, συνηθεια, as Hesychius renders it, under the influence of which the man generally acts; and in this sense the apostle most evidently uses it in Romans 7:23.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Westminster Abbey, First Sunday in Advent, 1873. Romans vii. 22-25. "I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 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. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord." This is the first Sunday in Advent. To-day we have prayed that God would give us grace to put away the works …
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
Sin is Spiritual Slavery
Carey's Last Days
His Freedom from Sin.
but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.
Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
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