Romans 7:1-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Believers United to Christ

Or do you not know, brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives?For the married woman is bound by law to her a]husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law b]concerning the husband. So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man.

Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in c]the members of our body to bear fruit for death. But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the d]Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.

What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except e]through the Law; for I would not have known about f]coveting if the Law had not said, “You shall not g]covet.” But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me h]coveting of every kind; for apart i]from the Law sin is dead. I was once alive apart j]from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died; 10 and this commandment, which was k]to result in life, proved l]to result in death for me; 11 for sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12 So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

13 Therefore did that which is good become a cause of death for me? May it never be! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.


  1. Romans 7:2 Lit living husband
  2. Romans 7:2 Lit of
  3. Romans 7:5 Lit our members to bear
  4. Romans 7:6 Or spirit
  5. Romans 7:7 Or through law
  6. Romans 7:7 Or lust
  7. Romans 7:7 Or lust
  8. Romans 7:8 Or lust
  9. Romans 7:8 Or from law
  10. Romans 7:9 Or from law
  11. Romans 7:10 Lit to life
  12. Romans 7:10 Lit to death
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