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

  • Sandy
    With out the Lord we are weak souls, therefor we need Jesus for strength to defeat evil! Other wise without Jesus we are all evildoers and will not be excepted in to paradise.
  • Jarritt Pang
    One does not know the immense depth of sin till they have come to the truth in Jesus Christ our Lord. By the power of His working Holy Spirit in the believer sin can be conquered and cleansed by the blood of the lamb. Till that knowledge is expressed on the inner man by Gods Holy Spirit Romans 6:23 tells us "for the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal through Jesus Christ our Lord." Paul was gifted by Gods Holy Spirit on that road to Damascus making him to know the sin that abide within and the Waring of his mind and the flesh was evident in all his teachings. Thank you Jesus for His immense love He gave of Himself on the cross so that we may live likewise. PRAISE JESUS!!!
  • Isaac Ajao
    Sin and Satan are far powerful than humans. We need a more supernatural power to over these two before we can be like Jesus who went about doing good. Since Jesus overcame we will overcome.
  • J. Meeks
    I believe Paul wanted to do right, but he says evil is always present. It takes me back when Jesus came out of the wilderness fasting, and satan tempted Him with stones and told Jesus if you are hungry turn these stones to bread. But Jesus stood strong and powerful and told satan man does not live by bread alone, but every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Paul needed that inner strength from God to keep doing the things that are right. Just like us today, we the strength of Jesus to pass up evil and lustful desires. Amen?
  • Anthony Sims for verse 9
    The old law is from God but it 's all about what I can do. With the NEW COVENANT through the cross, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit it 's all about what I allow Jesus to lead me in doing. God sent his Son for a reason. Study, DIG deep into the gospels. Jesus is more alive now than ever. Hallelujah! Praise God! Jesus is alive! Hallelujah!
  • Nancy ruggiano for verse 21
    Paul recognized he had no ppower to change and stop sinning because he still had to struggle with the flesh, but when he realized all his sufficiency was in christ power not his!!!!!

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