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

  • 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.
  • 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

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