Romans 7:19

“For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the good that I would, I do not: but the euill which I would not, that I doe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For the good which I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I practise.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the good which I have a mind to do, I do not: but the evil which I have no mind to do, that I do.
- Basic English Bible

For I do not practise the good that I will; but the evil I do not will, that I do.
- Darby Bible

For the good that I would, I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do.
- Webster's Bible

For what I do is not the good thing that I desire to do; but the evil thing that I desire not to do, is what I constantly do.
- Weymouth Bible

For the good which I desire, I don't do; but the evil which I don't desire, that I practice.
- World English Bible

For Y do not thilke good thing that Y wole, but Y do thilke yuel thing that Y wole not.
- Wycliffe Bible

for the good that I will, I do not; but the evil that I do not will, this I practise.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Romans 7:19


Ro 7:19 The good that I would I do not. This verse proves the statement of Ro 7:18. It is the strongest expression of sinfulness yet made. What could better demonstrate the bondage to sin? Yet how true to human experience!

Discussion for Romans 7:19

  • Joy landers for verse 19
    I purposely looked up this bible verse, because I remembered that Paul spoke about his struggle within, the flesh vs. the spirit. I think most Christians come to this fork in the road. There are so many temptations in this physical world. But often it is not those temptations to lie, to steal, to gossip, to kill, to be promicuous, etc. that we are fighting against. For someone like myself, it is the thoughts not the actions that can give one pause and cause one to question their commitment to Father God and Christ. Christ died that we may live and by His spirit, we are healed. My problem, on a purely personal level, is how to cut off sinful thinking. I don 't dare even consider the actions. Most christians and non christians have no desire to kill or covet or disrespect our parents. But it is the temptations generated by our own physical bodies and minds that is the enemy a constant source of temptation. We have to continuously remind ourselves that by Christ 's sacrifice, we are dead to sin, and we must unceasingly ask forgiveness for our failure to consistently cling to righteous being and thinking. God knows our weaknesses, so if we continue looking to Father God and Christ as we walk this path in the physical world, we will emerge victors.
  • Vanessa for verse 19
    I think of this scripture often. I can remember most of the words, but I can't always remember where to find it. I apply it to my life. I don't know if I'm just having a pity party for myself.
    I know very well what's right and wrong, but always find myself, doing the wrong thing, or saying the wrong words. I'm not a bad person. I don't drink or smoke or do any illegal drugs, but I don't attend church as I should. I go to bible study as much as my physical health would allow. I don't know. I think it's mostly guilt I feel for avoiding to worship with others. I don't know why. What's wrong with me. I know that going to church on Sunday is traditional, and also necessary for my relationship with God.
  • Ben weaver for verse 19
    In V. 19, I feel, Paul is defining the flesh aspect of his person before he elaborates on the marvelous spirit of life in Christ Jesus of 8:2-6. The religious efforts of a christian who dwells on his obvious failures and wills to overcome them before feeling presentable to God, are sure to fail, whereas the same person who "reckons himself to be dead indeed unto sin but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord"(Rom.6:11), will be surprised at the victories being wrought within him. I think, Paul was walking in victorious freedom, but reminding us not to turn back to will effort. As ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him(Col. 2:6). Claiming the promised new creation in Christ and denying what we see and feel, is not a lie. In Eph. 6:10-18, Paul tells us to dress ourselves with the virtues of Christ; truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, and the Spirit(which is God speaking). Paul believed the promises, that in Christ, he had these virtues, and he knew how to apply them to his life. The enemy tries to get us to limit the,"exceeding great and precious promises, that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature"(2 Pet.1:4).

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