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.
Ekyokulabirako ekiva mu Bufumbo
17:1 Bar 1:13Temumanyi abooluganda, kubanga njogera eri abamanyi amateeka, ng’amateeka gafuga oyo yekka akyali omulamu? 27:2 1Ko 7:39Ka mbawe ekyokulabirako: mu mateeka omukazi omufumbo, asigala nga wa bba, bba bw’aba ng’akyali mulamu. Naye bba bw’afa, omukazi oyo ng’asumuluddwa mu tteeka eribagatta. 3Noolwekyo omukazi oyo bwe yeegatta n’omusajja omulala, bba ng’akyali mulamu, omukazi oyo anaayitibwanga mwenzi. Naye bba bw’afanga, olwo omukazi omufumbo anaabanga asumuluddwa mu tteeka, era taabenga mwenzi bw’anaafumbirwanga omusajja omulala.
47:4 a Bar 8:2; Bag 2:19 b Bak 1:22Nammwe baganda bange mwafa eri amateeka, muli ba mubiri gwa Kristo. Mwegatta ku Kristo eyazuukizibwa okuva mu bafu, tulyoke tubale ebibala ebisanyusa Katonda. 57:5 a nny 7-11 b Bar 6:13Kubanga bwe twali tukyafugibwa omubiri, okwegomba kw’ebibi kwakoleranga mu bitundu byaffe eby’omubiri olw’amateeka, era enkomerero kwali kufa. 67:6 Bar 2:29; 2Ko 3:6Naye kaakano tetukyafugibwa mateeka. Tuli bafu eri ebyo ebyali bitusibye, era tebitulinaako buyinza. Noolwekyo tuyinza okuweereza Katonda mu ngeri empya eya Mwoyo Mutukuvu, so si mu nkola enkadde ey’amateeka.
77:7 a Bar 3:20; 4:15 b Kuv 20:17; Ma 5:21Kale tunaayogera ki? Amateeka kye kibi? Kikafuuwe. Singa tewaali mateeka, sanditegedde kibi. N’okwegomba kw’omubiri sandikutegeeredde ddala singa amateeka tegaagamba nti, “Teweegombanga.” 87:8 a nny 11 b Bar 4:15; 1Ko 15:56Ekibi kyeyambisa etteeka lino, ne kindeetera okwegomba okwa buli ngeri. Noolwekyo awatali mateeka, ekibi kiba kifu. 9Edda nali mulamu awatali mateeka, naye etteeka bwe lyajja, ekibi ne kiramuka, n’okufa ne nfa. 107:10 Lv 18:5; Bar 10:5Era ne nkizuula ng’etteeka eryali liteekwa okumpa obulamu, lye lyandetera okufa. 117:11 Lub 3:13Ekibi kyeyambisa ekiragiro ekyo ne kinnimba, era ne kinzita. 127:12 1Ti 1:8Noolwekyo amateeka matukuvu, era n’ekiragiro kitukuvu, kiruŋŋamya era kirungi.
13Kale ekirungi gye ndi, ate kye kyafuuka okufa? Nedda. Ekibi kye kyakozesa ekiragiro ekirungi kiryoke kinzite. Noolwekyo tulaba ekibi bwe kiri, ekibi ddala.
147:14 a 1Ko 3:1 b 1Bk 21:20, 25Tumanyi ng’amateeka mwoyo, naye nze omuntu obuntu, natundibwa ng’omuddu nfugibwe ekibi. 157:15 nny 19; Bag 5:17Kubanga kye nkola sikimanyi. Kye njagala si kye nkola, naye kye nkyawa kye nkola. 167:16 nny 12Newaakubadde nga nkola kye mmanyi nga kikyamu, nzikiriza ng’amateeka malungi. 177:17 nny 20Noolwekyo si nze nkola ebintu ebyo ebibi, wabula ekibi ekiri mu nze. 187:18 nny 25Mmanyi nga mu nze, temuli kalungi n’akamu. Ne bwe njagala okukola ekirungi, tewali kirungi kye nkola. 197:19 nny 15Ekirungi kye njagala okukola si kye nkola, naye ekibi kye saagala kye nkola. 207:20 nny 17Naye obanga kye saagala kye nkola, si nze mba nkikola, wabula ekibi ekibeera mu nze.
217:21 nny 23, 25Noolwekyo nzudde mu mateeka nga bwe njagala okukola ebirungi, ekibi kimbeera kumpi. 227:22 a Bef 3:16 b Zab 1:2Mu nze mu muntu ow’omunda njagala nnyo okugondera amateeka ga Katonda. 237:23 Bag 5:17; Yak 4:1Naye mu mubiri gwange gwonna, ndaba amateeka ag’enjawulo nga gawakana n’etteeka lya Katonda amagezi gange ge limanyi. Ekyo kinfuula omusibe w’amateeka ag’ekibi, ekikolera mu mubiri gwange. 247:24 Bar 6:6; 8:2Nga ndi muntu munaku! Ani alindokola mu mubiri guno ogugenda okufa? 25Kyokka Katonda yeebazibwe mu Yesu Kristo Mukama waffe.
Nze kennyini mu birowoozo byange, ndi muddu w’amateeka ga Katonda era gwe mpeereza, newaakubadde ng’okwegomba kwange okw’omubiri, mpeereza etteeka ly’ekibi.