1 An ignoratis, fratres - scienti bus enim legem loquor - quia lex in homine dominatur, quanto tempore vivit?
2 Nam quae sub viro est mulier, viventi viro alligata est lege; si autem mortuus fuerit vir, soluta est a lege viri.
3 Igitur, vivente viro, vocabitur adultera, si fuerit alterius viri; si autem mortuus fuerit vir, libera est a lege, ut non sit adultera, si fuerit alterius viri.
4 Itaque, fratres mei, et vos mortificati estis legi per corpus Christi, ut sitis alterius, eius qui ex mortuis suscitatus est, ut fructificaremus Deo.
5 Cum enim essemus in carne, passiones peccatorum, quae per legem sunt, operabantur in membris nostris, ut fructificarent morti;
6 nunc autem soluti sumus a lege, mortui ei, in qua detinebamur, ita ut serviamus in novitate Spiritus et non in vetustate litterae.
7 Quid ergo dicemus? Lex peccatum est? Absit! Sed peccatum non cognovi, nisi per legem; nam concupiscentiam nescirem, nisi lex diceret: "Non concupisces ".
8 Occasione autem accepta, peccatum per mandatum operatum est in me omnem concupiscentiam; sine lege enim peccatum mortuum erat.
9 Ego autem vivebam sine lege aliquando; sed, cum venisset mandatum, peccatum revixit,
10 ego autem mortuus sum; et inventum est mihi mandatum, quod erat ad vitam, hoc esse ad mortem;
11 nam peccatum, occasione accepta, per mandatum seduxit me et per illud occidit.
12 Itaque lex quidem sancta, et mandatum sanctum et iustum et bonum.
13 Quod ergo bonum est, mihi factum est mors? Absit! Sed peccatum, ut appareat peccatum, per bonum mihi operatum est mortem; ut fiat supra modum peccans peccatum per mandatum.
14 Scimus enim quod lex spiritalis est; ego autem carnalis sum, venumdatus sub peccato.
15 Quod enim operor, non intellego; non enim, quod volo, hoc ago, sed quod odi, illud facio.
16 Si autem, quod nolo, illud facio, consentio legi quoniam bona.
17 Nunc autem iam non ego operor illud, sed, quod habitat in me, peccatum.
18 Scio enim quia non habitat in me, hoc est in carne mea, bonum; nam velle adiacet mihi, operari autem bonum, non!
19 Non enim, quod volo bonum, facio, sed, quod nolo malum, hoc ago.
20 Si autem, quod nolo, illud facio, iam non ego operor illud, sed, quod habitat in me, peccatum.
21 Invenio igitur hanc legem volenti mihi facere bonum, quoniam mihi malum adiacet.
22 Condelector enim legi Dei secundum interiorem hominem;
23 video autem aliam legem in membris meis repugnantem legi mentis meae et captivantem me in lege peccati, quae est in membris meis.
24 Infelix ego homo! Quis me liberabit de corpore mortis huius?
25 Gratias autem Deo per Iesum Christum Dominum nostrum! Igitur ego ipse mente servio legi Dei, carne autem legi peccati.
King James Version
1 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?
2 For the 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 married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness 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 ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
12 Wherefore 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.
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 captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
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 law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.