Romans 7:7

“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

What shall wee say then? is the law sinne? God forbid. Nay, I had not knowen sinne, but by the lawe: for I had not knowen lust, except the Law had said, Thou shalt not couet.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, "YOU SHALL NOT COVET."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Howbeit, I had not known sin, except through the law: for I had not known coveting, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet:
- American Standard Version (1901)

What then is to be said? is the law sin? in no way. But I would not have had knowledge of sin but for the law: for I would not have been conscious of desire if the law had not said, You may not have a desire for what is another's.
- Basic English Bible

What shall we say then? [is] the law sin? Far be the thought. But I had not known sin, unless by law: for I had not had conscience also of lust unless the law had said, Thou shalt not lust;
- Darby Bible

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? By no means. No, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
- Webster's Bible

What follows? Is the Law itself a sinful thing? No, indeed; on the contrary, unless I had been taught by the Law, I should have known nothing of sin as sin. For instance, I should not have known what covetousness is, if the Law had not repeatedly said, "Thou shalt not covet."
- Weymouth Bible

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? May it never be! However, I wouldn't have known sin, except through the law. For I wouldn't have known coveting, unless the law had said, "You shall not covet."
- World English Bible

What therfor schulen we seie? The lawe is synne? God forbede. But Y knew not synne, but bi lawe; for Y wiste not that coueitynge was synne, but for the lawe seide, Thou schalt not coueyte.
- Wycliffe Bible

What, then, shall we say? the law [is] sin? let it not be! but the sin I did not know except through law, for also the covetousness I had not known if the law had not said:
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 7:7


7:7 What shall we say then - This is a kind of a digression, to the beginning of the next chapter, wherein the apostle, in order to show in the most lively manner the weakness and inefficacy of the law, changes the person and speaks as of himself, concerning the misery of one under the law. This St. Paul frequently does, when he is not speaking of his own person, but only assuming another character, #Rom 3:5|, 1Cor 10:30, 1Cor 4:6. The character here assumed is that of a man, first ignorant of the law, then under it and sincerely, but ineffectually, striving to serve God. To have spoken this of himself, or any true believer, would have been foreign to the whole scope of his discourse; nay, utterly contrary thereto, as well as to what is expressly asserted, #Rom 8:2|. Is the law sin - Sinful in itself, or a promoter of sin. I had not known lust - That is, evil desire. I had not known it to be a sin; nay, perhaps I should not have known that any such desire was in me: it did not appear, till it was stirred up by the prohibition.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 7:7


Ro 7:7 [Is] the law sin? Paul intimates that the law was the occasion of sin (Ro 7:5). Does he mean that the law in itself sinful? This thought he indignantly repels. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law. The restraints of the law brought to his knowledge his own sinful nature. Paul describes his own experiences when seeking the righteousness of the law, and thus describes those of human nature. The experiences here given are his own, but what he says is applicable to all men. The experiences are those of Saul of Tarsus, not those of Paul the apostle. For I had not known lust. Greedy desire for the possessions of others. All evil desire is embraced.

Discussion for Romans 7

  • Jhall
    I thank God he understands our struggles and given us a way of escape , if we accept was he has given for us
  • Brianna
    Rom 7:19,20

    The apostle Paul describes the fight that he had, and that all other Christians have, and how, in spite of their best efforts, they will make mistakes, though not deliberately, insolently and willfully. The value of Christ's atonement sacrifice as applied for their sins, over which they repent and make confession, is the basis for their being declared righteous.
  • Jeremy
    Praise and glory and love to Jesus!
  • Winstone Selewende
    God tells humanity the importance of law the implications and consequencies of disobedience and the advent of grace.
  • Lilian
    We are now living under Gods grace thru the blood of Jesus. Thanks to the blood of Jesus thru him we are pardoned our sins are cleansed and we are redeemed and forgiven Jesus is the perfect obedience to our Father therefore we must also obey God's words and worship him alone. Unless if we are not born again in spirit we cant please God and our flesh remains sinful. We must be born again in spirit
  • Steve morrow
    To Mr Autrey 1 Corinthians 11:3 but I would have you know that the head of every man is CHRIST and the head of the woman is man and the head CHRIST is GOD-----1 Corinthians 15:27 28 for HE hath put all things under HIS feet but when HE saith all things are put under HIM it is manifest that HE is excepted which did put all things under HIM 28 and when all things shall be subdued unto HIM then shall the SON also himself be subject unto HIM that put put all things under HIM that GOD may be all in all----------------------------- JOHN 10:5 AND A STRANGER WILL THEY NOT FOLLOW BUT WILL FLEE FROM HIM FOR THEY KNOW NOT THE VOICE OF STRANGERS

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