New Living Translation
For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!)
King James Bible
Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
Darby Bible Translation
For law works wrath; but where no law is neither is there transgression.
World English Bible
For the law works wrath, for where there is no law, neither is there disobedience.
Young's Literal Translation
for the law doth work wrath; for where law is not, neither is transgression.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:15 Because the law - Considered apart from that grace, which though it was in fact mingled with it, yet is no part of the legal dispensation, is so difficult, and we so weak and sinful, that, instead of bringing us a blessing, it only worketh wrath; it becomes to us an occasion of wrath, and exposes us to punishment as transgressors. Where there is no law in force, there can be no transgression of it.
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For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break.
Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, "You must not covet."
and I died. So I discovered that the law's commands, which were supposed to bring life, brought spiritual death instead.
1 Corinthians 15:56
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.
2 Corinthians 3:7
The old way, with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses' face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away.
But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, "Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God's Book of the Law."
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