Romans 7:21

“I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I find then a Law, that when I would do good, euil is present with me.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I find then the law, that, to me who would do good, evil is present.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So I see a law that, though I have a mind to do good, evil is present in me.
- Basic English Bible

I find then the law upon *me* who will to practise what is right, that with *me* evil is there.
- Darby Bible

I find then a law, that when I would do good, evil is present with me.
- Webster's Bible

I find therefore the law of my nature to be that when I desire to do what is right, evil is lying in ambush for me.
- Weymouth Bible

I find then the law, that, to me, while I desire to do good, evil is present.
- World English Bible

Therfor Y fynde the lawe to me willynge to do good thing, for yuel thing lieth to me.
- Wycliffe Bible

I find, then, the law, that when I desire to do what is right, with me the evil is present,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 7:21

7:21 I find then a law - An inward constraining power, flowing from the dictate of corrupt nature.

People's Bible Notes for Romans 7:21

Ro 7:21 I find then a law. It is then the law of our unregenerate state that, even if we would do good, and purpose to be better, evil will be present, and will be practiced.

Discussion for Romans 7

  • Jim
    Please don't misunderstand me. I have not arrived yet either just like you... and am not trying to compete with any other brother in Christ. I just have a burden to share some key items that have helped me along the way. Look to Christ and His precious written Word brothers and sisters. He will lead you and guide you into His truth! Bless Him! Bless Him!
  • Jim
    I believe it was Charles Spurgeon who said "How does a branch bear fruit? By struggling? By effort? By striving? No, it simply abides in the Vine and then it buds or bears fruit". The Christian life is all about learning to trust Christ more and more... resting in Him! He is totally trustworthy! He is so good and loves believers so much!
  • Jim
    Verse 18 is key. The desire to live righteously comes from the new nature which is pure but powerless. Where then does the power to overcome come from? The power comes from the Holy Spirit. He is the power. John 15 tells us to abide in the Vine. This is not done in our own strength. We learn dependence on Him through many trials. We don't arrive but we do grow.
  • Jorge
    The spirit warring with the flesh...but thank you Jesus!!!
  • 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

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