Romans 7:18

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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 performe that which is good, I find not.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good {is} not.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me, but to do that which is good `is' not.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For I am conscious that in me, that is, in my flesh, there is nothing good: I have the mind but not the power to do what is right.
- Basic English Bible

For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, good does not dwell: for to will is there with me, but to do right [I find] not.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

For I know that in me, that is, in my lower self, nothing good has its home; for while the will to do right is present with me, the power to carry it out is not.
- Weymouth Bible

For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwells no good thing. For desire is present with me, but I don't find it doing that which is good.
- World English Bible

But and Y woot, that in me, that is, in my fleisch, dwellith no good; for wille lieth to me, but Y fynde not to performe good thing.
- Wycliffe Bible

for I have known that there doth not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh, good: for to will is present with me, and to work that which is right I do not find,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 7:18


7:18 In my flesh - The flesh here signifies the whole man as he is by nature.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 7:18


Ro 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh). In his unregenerated human nature. In this dwelleth no good thing. The tendency of the carnal nature of man is evil. Its conflict with the will and conscience is now described. To will is present with me. Who has not had the same experience? How often we resolve to do better, and break out resolves as soon as temptation comes!

Discussion for Romans 7

  • Rev. Alfayo Kinara
    The wnderful developments in Romans chapter 7 can only confuse unregenerate mind. This chapter is both spiritual,psychological and legally appealing. Legally, any law raises awareness of something that need some careful attention, failure to which penalt is prescribed.
    Psychologically, the conflict in any person can quickly be seen whem the apostle talks of finding it hard tp do that which is his
  • James Townsend
    For sin, taking occasion by the law, interesting. Christian liberty is good but what about the sinner are they to be tested by the law for an occasion to sin
  • BSP
    I can sympathize with Paul in verse 21. I wish to do what is right, but the inherited imperfection and sin is within me.
  • A brother
    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 sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

    4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
  • Hector
    Rom. 7:24,25 This is the final state of someone trapped in the law, this is the best they can do. To serve God with the mind but to live knowing they are bound by sin in the flesh. 8:1,2 This defines the true children of God being led (controlled) by the Spirit. For Paul, it is through the infilling and inner working of the Holy Spirit that believers will live overcoming lives free from sin.
  • Vincent Rea
    We must have known that breaking Gods commandments was sinful before the law.

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