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CHAP. VII. I No law hath power over a man longer than he liveth: 4 but we are dead to the law : 7 yet is not the law sin, 12 but holy, just, good, 16 as I acknowledge, who am grieved because I cannot keep it.
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 ?1
2 For the a 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 d married to another, even to him who
las long as it endureth. Ma. Cr.
CHAP. VII. a Pro. vi. 29 : So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. Ecclus. ix. 9: Sit not at all with another man's wife, nor sit down with her in thine arms, and spend not thy money with her at the wine; lest thine heart incline unto her, and so through thy desire thou fall into destruction. 1 Cor. vii. 39 : The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth ; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.
b Mat. v. 32 : Whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery.
cEph. ii. 15: Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances ; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace. Col. ii. 14: Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross. See on Rom. vi. 2.
1 2 Cor. xi. 2 : I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth e fruit unto God.
5 For when we were fin the flesh, the motions? of sins, which were by the law, did work in our 8 members "to bring forth fruit unto death.
6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead 3 wherein we were held ; that we should serve in knewness 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 or2 Gr. passions. A. V. 3 being dead to that, chap. vi. 2. ver. 4. A. V. * concupiscence. A. V.
e Gal. v. 22: The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, &c. See on John,
* Rom. viii. 8, 9.
GAL. v. 19: Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these ; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness. See on Rom. v. 12.
i See on Rom. vi. 2.
Rom.iii. 20 : By the law is the knowledge of sin. m Exod. xx. 17. Deut. v. 21: The tenth commandment. Acts, xx. 33 : I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. See Rom. xiii. 9.
n See on Rom. iv. 15.
P 2 Cor. iii. 7: But if the ministration of death, written and engraven 'in stones, was glorious. Lev. xviii. 5; Ezek. XX. 11. See on LUKE, X. 28.
dained to 9 life, I found to be unto death.
11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, "deceived me, and by it slew me.
12 Wherefore 5 s 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.
5 So that. Ham. Pu. 6 by no means. Wh. ? Gr. know. Ps. i. 6. A. V
4 Neh. ix. 29: Which [commandments] if a man do, he shall live in them. Ps. cxix. 116, 144 : Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live : and let me not be ashamed of my hope. The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.
See on HEB. iii. 13. s Ps. xix. 7-9: The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul : the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever : the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. do. cxix. 38, 137 : Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments. 1 Tim. i. 8: We know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully.
+ I Kings, xxi. 20, 25: Thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD. There was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD. 2 Kings, xvii. 17: They sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. 1 Mac. i. 15: And made themselves uncircumcised, and forsook the holy covenant, and joined themselves to the heathen, and were sold to do mischief.
u Gal. v. 16, 17 : Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, 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 a captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
and the Spirit against the flesh : and these are contrary the one to the other : so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. See on Mat. vii. 23.
v See on Mat. xv. 19.
w Ps. i. 2: But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
* Rom. ii. 29: He is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart. 2 Cor. iv. 16 : Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. Eph. iii. 16 : To be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man. Cor. iii. 9, 10: Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. 1 Pet. iii. 3,4: Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning-But let it be the hidden man of the heart.
y Gal. v. 17: The words under ver. 15. 2 Rom. vi. 13, 19.
a Ps.cxlii. 7: Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name : the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.
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 lạw of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
CHAP. VII. 1 They that are in Christ, and live according to the Spirit, are free from condemnation : 5,13
What harm cometh of the flesh, 6, 14 and what good of the Spirit, 17 and what of being God's child, 19 whose glorious deliverance all things long for, 29 wus beforehand decreed from God : 38 what can sever us from his love :
THERE is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For 'what the law could not do, in that it
8 this body of death. A. V. bi Cor. xv. 57 : Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
CHAP. VIII. • John, iii. 18: He that believeth on him is not condemned : but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
b Ver. 4. Gal. v. 16, 25: Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
See on John, viii. 36. a 1 Cor. xv. 45: The last Adam was made a quickening Spirit. 2 Cor. iji. 6: Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit : for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. e Rom. vii. 24, 25. See on John, viii. 36.
Acts, xiii. 39 : And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. *Rom. iii. 20 : Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. GAL. iv. 9: How turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements? Heb. vii. 18, 19: There is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did ; by the which we draw nigh