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

  • 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.
  • Aaron J.
    Romans 7 is a description of the fallen nature of man and that man is in need of a redemption. The reason why Paul kept sinning even though he knew what was right is because he lacked power from God. But what God wants us to understand is that Romans 8 is a continuation of the question at the end of Romans 7. The Spirit of God frees us from the power of sin and death that rules over our lives.
  • Vincent Rea
    We must have known that breaking Gods commandments was sinful before the law.
  • Mrs.Robertson
    When Christ died our old self died with him, now we are born again people.If God sent his only son to die for us.how much love is that he have for us
  • Doris johnson
    I love the father and his only begotten son. Christ Jesus word is true. Jesus Christ die for our sin and rose to give us eternal life that we can live with him I believe and has faith that his word is true he said because will has done law we shall not no more because we is under grace now I am glad that we under grace I love you father I thank God for sent his only begotten son
  • Elisabeth
    We died to sin, its no longer I that liveth, but Christ that liveth in me. We died with Christ,the old body of sin has been destroyed. Now if we sin, its not us, but sin that lives in the flesh. THEN if its not us, we are not to be blamed.Cant blame a dead man..There is therefore no condemnation..Thats why I John 1:9 means this: to become saved, you have to confess homo-logeo , to say the same thing as God, that we are sinners, then believe Jesus took our sins in his body on the cross and died for them..Then we receive His righteousness as a gift..He only died once for your sins. don't have to repeat I John 1 9, thats to nail Him on the cross again..

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