Romans 7:9

“For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For I was aliue without the Law once, but when the commandement came, sinne reuiued, and I died.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I was once alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And I was alive apart from the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And there was a time when I was living without the law: but when the law gave its orders, sin came to life and put me to death;
- Basic English Bible

But *I* was alive without law once; but the commandment having come, sin revived, but *I* died.
- Darby Bible

For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
- Webster's Bible

Once, apart from Law, I was alive, but when the Commandment came, sin sprang into life, and I died;
- Weymouth Bible

I was alive apart from the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
- World English Bible

And Y lyuede withouten the lawe sumtyme; but whanne the comaundement was comun, synne lyuede ayen.
- Wycliffe Bible

And I was alive apart from law once, and the command having come, the sin revived, and I died;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 7:9


7:9 And I was once alive without the law - Without the close application of it. I had much life, wisdom, virtue, strength: so I thought. But when the commandment - That is, the law, a part put for the whole; but this expression particularly intimates its compulsive force, which restrains, enjoins, urges, forbids, threatens. Came - In its spiritual meaning, to my heart, with the power of God. Sin revived, and I died - My inbred sin took fire, and all my virtue and strength died away; and I then saw myself to be dead in sin, and liable to death eternal.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 7:9


Ro 7:9 For I was alive without the law once. "Without law". It would be much better if the translators would omit the article where Paul did not use it. Paul was alive, that is, was unconscious of condemnation, once. His conscience did not trouble him. He was like the young Ruler who said of the commandments: "All these have I kept from my youth up" (Mt 19:20 Mr 10:20 Lu 18:21). "As touching the righteousness which is of the law", he was "blameless" (Php 3:6). But when the commandment came, when he realized that it required a heart service as well as an outward service, then sin revived. The dormant sin was brought to light when restraints came. I died. Realized that I was a sinner; was convicted of sin. It is possible that reference is made to some supreme struggle. Perhaps in the stern persecution of the saints he was struggling for the righteousness of the law. Perhaps it was when Christ said, "I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest" (Ac 22:8), that he first realized that "Christ was the end of the law" (Ro 10:4), and he died.

Discussion for Romans 7:9

  • 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!

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