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Romans 7:1-25

Released From the Law, Bound to Christ

1Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? 2For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. 3So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.

4So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5For when we were in the realm of the flesh,7:5 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit. the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. 6But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

The Law and Sin

7What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”7:7 Exodus 20:17; Deut. 5:21 8But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead. 9Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 11For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. 12So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.

13Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.

14We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.7:18 Or my flesh For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

21So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature7:25 Or in the flesh a slave to the law of sin.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

Romafoɔ 7:1-25

Wɔde Awadeɛ Yɛ Mfatoho

1Nokorɛm, me nuanom, ɛsiane sɛ mo nyinaa nim Mmara no enti, mote deɛ mepɛ sɛ meka no ase; mmerɛ dodoɔ a onipa te ase no, mmara di ne so. 2Ɔbaa warefoɔ sei, sɛ ɔte ase nko ara deɛ a, ɔhyɛ ne kunu mmara ase, na sɛ okunu no wu deɛ a, na ɔnhyɛ ne kunu mmara ase bio. 3Ɛno enti, sɛ ɔkɔ ɔbarima foforɔ ho ɛberɛ a ne kunu te ase a, wɔfrɛ no ɔwaresɛefoɔ; na sɛ ne kunu no wu a, na ɔnhyɛ saa mmara no ase bio, ɛno enti sɛ ɔware ɔbarima foforɔ a, ɔnyɛ ɔwaresɛefoɔ.

4Afei me nuanom, mo nso, Yesu wu a ɔwuiɛ enti moawu afiri mmara no tumi aseɛ. Ne saa enti, mone ɔno a wɔnyanee no firii awufoɔ mu abom sɛdeɛ mobɛtumi asom Onyankopɔn. 5Ɛberɛ a na yɛte ase ma yɛn ho no, yɛn bɔnesu nam mmara no so kanyanee yɛn wɔ yɛn mu maa yɛyɛɛ adwuma maa owuo. 6Afei deɛ, yɛnhyɛ mmara biara ase ɛfiri sɛ, yɛwu firii deɛ ɛkyekyeree yɛn sɛ nneduafoɔ no ase. Afei deɛ, yɛnhyɛ mmara biara a wɔatwerɛ no dada ase bio, na mmom, yɛnam honhom foforɔ kwan so na ɛsom.

Yɛne Bɔne Di Apereapereɛ

7Enti, asɛm bɛn na yɛnka? Mmara no yɛ bɔne anaa? Dabi! Mmom, ɛnam mmara so na mehunuu sɛdeɛ bɔne teɛ. Sɛ ɛnyɛ mmara no na ɛkaa sɛ, “Mma wʼani mmere obi adeɛ” a, anka mennim anibereɛ. 8Bɔne nyaa kwan nam mmaransɛm no so kekaa ne ho wɔ me mu, maa mʼani beree nneɛma ahodoɔ bebree. Sɛ mmara no nni hɔ a, bɔne nso nni tumi. 9Ansa na mɛhunu mmara no na mewɔ nkwa. Nanso mmaransɛm no baeɛ no, metee bɔne ase, na mewuiɛ. 10Mehunuu sɛ, mmaransɛm a anka ɛde nkwa bɛba no de owuo baeɛ. 11Bɔne nam mmaransɛm no so nyaa ɛkwan daadaa me; ɛnam mmaransɛm no so ma bɔne kumm me. 12Nanso mmara no yɛ kronkron; na mmaransɛm no nso yɛ kronkron. Ɛtene na ɛyɛ nso.

13Adeɛ a ɛyɛ no bɛyɛɛ owuo maa me anaa? Dabi! Nanso sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a yɛbɛhunu bɔne sɛ bɔne no, ɛfaa deɛ ɛyɛ so de owuo brɛɛ me. Enti bɔne nam mmaransɛm so maa me hunuu sɛ bɔne yɛ adeɛ a ɛyɛ hu.

14Yɛnim sɛ mmara no yɛ honhom mu adeɛ nanso meyɛ ɔhonam muni a wɔatɔn me sɛ akoa ama bɔne. 15Mente deɛ meyɛ ase; ɛfiri sɛ, menyɛ deɛ ɛsɛ sɛ meyɛ, na mmom, meyɛ deɛ mekyi. 16Sɛ meyɛ deɛ mempɛ sɛ meyɛ a, na ɛkyerɛ sɛ, mepene so sɛ mmara no yɛ. 17Sɛdeɛ ɛteɛ no, ɛnyɛ mʼankasa na meyɛ yei; na mmom bɔne a ɛte me mu no. 18Menim sɛ ade pa biara nte me mu, me bɔne nipasu yi mu. Ɛfiri sɛ, mepɛ sɛ meyɛ deɛ ɛyɛ, nanso mentumi nyɛ. 19Papa mepɛ sɛ meyɛ no, menyɛ; mmom bɔne a mempɛ sɛ meyɛ no na meyɛ. 20Sɛ meyɛ deɛ mempɛ sɛ meyɛ a, na ɛkyerɛ sɛ ɛnyɛ me na meyɛeɛ, na mmom ɛyɛ bɔne a ɛte me mu no.

21Mmara no ama mahunu sɛ biribi te me mu a ɛmma mennyɛ deɛ menim sɛ ɛyɛ. 22Mʼakoma nyinaa mu, megye Onyankopɔn mmara to mu. 23Nanso, mefiri mʼakwaa nyinaa mu hunu sɛ biribi ne mʼadwene di apereapereɛ. Ɛma me yɛ bɔne akoa, na ɛno na ɛhyɛ me ma me yɛ biribiara. 24Menni ahotɔ! Hwan na ɔbɛgye me afiri saa ɔhonam a ɛde me rekɔ owuo mu yi? 25Menam yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo so meda Onyankopɔn ase.

Na afei, mʼankasa mʼadwene mu, meyɛ akoa ma Onyankopɔn mmara, nanso bɔne nipasu mu no, meyɛ akoa ma bɔne.