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but yield yourselves to God, as those who are alive from the dead, and yield your members to God, as instruments of righteousness. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under law, but under favour.

15 What then? shall we sin because we are not under law, but under favour? By no means. 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are, whom ye obey; whether of sin [unto death], or of obedience unto justification? 17 But thanks be to God, that though ye were the servants of sin, yet ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which ye were delivered over; 18 and, having been made free from sin, are become the servants of righteousness: 19 (I speak familiarly, because of the weakness of your flesh) for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness, and to iniquity, unto iniquity; so now yield your members servants to righteousness, unto holiness.

20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free with regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit therefore had ye at that time in the things of which ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22 But now, having been made free from sin, and become ser. vants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness; and the end aionian life. 23 For the wages of sin is death: but the free gift of God is aionian life, in Jesus Christ our Lord.

CH. VII. 1 KNOW ye not, brethren, (for I speak to those who know the law,) that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 2 For the woman, who hath a husband, is bound by the law to her husband as long as he liveth; but if the husband die, she is delivered from the law of her husband. 3 So then, while her husband liveth, if she be married to another man, she will be called an adultress: but if her husband die, she is freed from that law; so that she is no adultress, though she be married to another man.

4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also have been made dead to the law, through the body of Christ; that ye might be married to another, even to him who hath been raised from the dead, that we might bring forth fruit unto God. 5 For, when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were under the law, wrought in our members, to bring forth fruit unto death; 6 but now we are delivered from the law, having died to that by which we were holden; so that we serve in the newness of the spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

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God, according to the inner 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 mem

without law once: but, when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died: 10 and the commandment, which was appointed unto life, I found to be unto death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the command-bers. 24 O wretched me! who ment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 12 So that the law is holy; and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

13 Was then that which is good made death to me? By no means but sin: that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin, through the commandment, might become exceedingly sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold to sin. 15 That which I do, I approve not: for what I would, [that] I do not; but what I hate, that I do. 16 But if I I do that which I would not, I consent to the law, that it is good. 17 And now it is no more I who doth it, but sin which dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh), dwelleth no good: for to will is present with me; but to perform that which is good, I find not. 19 For the good which I would, I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 But if I do that which I would not, it is no more I who doth it, but sin which dwelleth in me. 21 I find therefore a law, that, when I am willing to do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of


will deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God that I am delivered, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Do I myself then, as a slave, serve with the mind, the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin?* By no means.

CH. VIII. 1 FOR indeed, there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. 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 was weak, through the flesh, God hath done, who, by having sent his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and on account of sin, hath condemned sin in the flesh: 4 that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us; who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the spirit. 5 For those who are according to the flesh, desire the things of the flesh; but those who are according to the spirit, the things of the spirit. 6 Now to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace: 7 because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God,

Aga our auтos yw, etc. Here, (says Dr. Macknight,) aga is "a particle of interroga. tion." This, however, is a deviation from the pointing of Griesbach. The improved ver sion has it thus, "So then I, the same man, with my mind, serve the law of God: but with my flesh the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation," etc.

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nor indeed can be; 8 since those | who are in the flesh cannot tion of the creation waiteth for please God.

9 However, ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit; since the spirit of God dwelleth in you. But if any one have not the spirit of Christ, he is not of him. 10 But if Christ be in you, the body as to sin, is dead; but the spirit is alive, as to righteousness. 11 But if the spirit of him, who raised Jesus from the dead, dwell in you, he, who raised Christ from the dead, will give life also to your mortal bodies, because of his spirit which dwelleth in


this revelation to the sons of God. 20 For the creation was made subject to vanity, (not willingly, but through him who subjected it :) 21 in hope, that the creation itself will also be delivered, from the slavery of corruption, into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and is in labour until now : 23 and not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first fruits of the spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, looking for an adoption, even the redemption of our body. 24 For we are saved under this hope: but hope which is seen, is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that which we see not, then we look for it with patience.

26 And in like manner, the spirit also helpeth our weaknesses: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the spirit itself intercedeth

12 So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh; 13 for if ye live according to the flesh, ye are about to die: but, if, through the spirit, ye mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not again received the spirit of slavish fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Ab-[for us] in groans which cannot ba, Father. 16 The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God 17 But if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ since we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him.

18 FOR I Count, that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which, hereafter, will be revealed to us.

be expressed. 27 But he who searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the desire of the spirit, that it intercedeth for the saints, according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

29 For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first-born

among many brethren: 30 a holy spirit, (my conscience moreover, whom he foreordain-bearing me joint witness) 2 that ed, those he also called; and I have great sorrow and contiwhom he called, those he also nual grief in my heart, S (for justified, and whom he justified, I also formerly boasted myself those he also glorified. to be an alien from Christ,) for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh; 4 who are Israelites; whose is the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of the temple, and the promises; 5 whose are the fathers, and of whom, by natural descent, Christ came. God, who is over all, be blessed to the ages. Amen.

31 What shall we say, therefore, to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He who spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how will he not, with him, also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's chosen people? Shall God who justifieth? 34 Who is he that condemneth? Shall Christ who died; yea, rather, who is [also] risen; who is [also] at the righted that the word of God hath hand of God; who also intercedeth for us; shall he also condemn us?

6 But it is not to be suppos

failed. For they who spring from Israel are not all true Israelites: 7 nor, because they are 35 Who shall separate us the offspring of Abraham, are from the love of Christ? shall they all the children of promise: affliction, or distress, or perse-but, " In Isaac, thine offspring cution, or famine, or naked-shall be called." 8 That is, they ness, or danger, or the sword? who are children of the flesh, 36 (As it is written, "For thy they are not the children of sake we are killed all the day God: but the children of the long; we are accounted as promise are counted for the offsheep for the slaughter.") 37 spring. 9 For this is the word of Nay, in all these things we are promise, "At this time I will more than conquerors, through come, and Sarah shall have a him who loved us. 38 For I am son. 10 And not only this; persuaded, that neither death, but Rebecca also had the word nor life, nor angels, nor prin- of promise, when she had concipalities, nor powers, nor ceived twins by one, even by our things present, nor things to father Isaac: 11 for the children come, 39 nor height, nor being not yet born, nor having depth, nor any other created done any thing good or evil, being, will be able to separate that the purpose of God, acus from the love of God, which cording to his choice, might is in Christ Jesus, our Lord. stand, (not of works, but of Him CH. IX. 1 I SAY the truth in who calleth,) 12 it was said Christ, I lie not, but I speak into her, "The elder shall serve

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the younger." 13 As it is written, "I loved Jacob, and I hated Esau."

14 WHAT shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? By no means. 15 For he said to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy; and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion." 16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God who showeth mercy. 17 For the scripture saith to Pharaoh, "On this account I have preserved thee, that I might show my power in thee, and that my name might be proclaimed throughout all the earth." 18 So then he hath mercy on whom he will; and whom he will, he hardeneth.

19 Thou wilt therefore say to me; Why doth he still blame us? for who resisteth his will? 20 [Nay, but,] O man, who art thou that answerest again to God? Shall the thing formed say to him who formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, to make of the same lump one vessel to honour, and another to dishonour?

22 What now if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, have endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction 23 and have received us, that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, whom he before designed for glory; 24 even on us whom he hath called,

not from among the Jews only, but from among the gentiles also? 25 As he saith also in Hosea, "I will call those my people, who were not my people: and her beloved, who was not beloved: 26 and it shall come to pass that, in the place where it was said to them, 'Ye are not my people,' there they shall be called the sons of the living God."

27 Isaiah also crieth out concerning Israel, "Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant only shall be preserved. 28 For he is closing the account, and cutting it short in righteousness: because the Lord will make a short account in the land," 29 And as Isaiah hath foretold, "Unless the Lord of hosts had left us a seed, we had been as Sodom, and had been made like Gomorrah."

30 WHAT shall we say then? That the nations, who followed not after justification, have attained to justification; that justification, however, which is by faith: 31 but Israel, who followed after a law of justification, hath not attained to the law [of justification.] 32 Why? because they have not sought it by faith, but as if it were by works [of the law: for] they have struck against the stone of stumbling; 33 as it is written, "Behold I lay in Sion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence: and yet [whosoever] believeth in him shall not be ashamed."

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