1Do you not know, my brethren, I speak to them who know the Torah, that the Torah has authority over a person as long as he lives? 2Just as a woman is bound by law to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband should die, she is freed from the law regarding her husband. 3Thus, if, while her husband is alive, she should be attached to another man, she becomes an adulteress; but if her husband is dead, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress, though she becomes another man’s wife. 4Therefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the Torah by the body of Mashi’akh, that you might become another’s, even to Him who arose from the dead, so that you may bring forth fruit to Elohim. 5For when we were in the flesh, the pains of sin, which were by the Torah, worked in our members to bring forth fruits to Mavet. 6But now we are absolved from the Torah, being dead to that which had hold upon us; and we should henceforth serve in newness of spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.
7What shall we say then? Is the Torah sin? What profanity! I would not have learned the significance of sin except by means of the Torah; for I would never have known the meaning of covetousness unless the Torah said “you shall not covet.” 8So by means of this mitzvah, sin found an occasion and provoked in me every kind of desire. For without the Torah, sin was dead. 9Formerly I lived without the Torah; but when the mitzvah came, sin came to life and I died. 10And the mitzvah which was ordained to Khayim I found to be for Mavet. 11For sin, finding occasion by the mitzvah, misled me and by it killed me. 12Therefore the Torah is Kadosh, and the mitzvah is Kadosh, and just, and good. 13Has then that which is good become Mavet to me? What profanity! But sin that is exposed as sin, and works Mavet in me for that which is good, will be the more condemned by means of the Torah.
14For we know that the Torah is of the Ru’akh; but I am of the flesh, enslaved to sin. 15For I do not know what I do; and I do not do the thing which I want, but I do the thing which I hate. That is exactly what I do. 16So then if I do that which I do not wish to do, I can testify concerning the Torah, that it is good. 17Now then it is not I who do it, but sin which dominates me. 18Yet I know that it does not fully dominate me (that is, in my flesh); but as far as good is concerned, the choice is easy for me to make, but to do it is difficult for me. 19For it is not the good that I wish to do that I do; but it is the evil that I do not wish to do that I do. 20Now if I do that which I do not wish, then it is not I who do it, but the sin which dominates me. 21I find therefore that the Torah agrees with my conscience when I wish to do good, but evil is always near, distracting me. 22For I delight in the Torah of Elohim after the inward man; 23but I see another ‘law’ in my members, warring against the Torah in my mind, and it makes me a captive to the impetus of sin which is in my members. 24O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this mortal body? 25I thank Elohim for deliverance through Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh. Now therefore with my mind I am a servant of the Torah of Elohim; but with my flesh I am a servant of the law of sin.
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