New International Version
We know that the law is good if one uses it properly.
King James Bible
But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
Darby Bible Translation
Now we know that the law [is] good if any one uses it lawfully,
World English Bible
But we know that the law is good, if a man uses it lawfully,
Young's Literal Translation
and we have known that the law is good, if any one may use it lawfully;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
But we know that the law is good - The law as given by God, is both good in itself and has a good tendency. This is similar to what the apostle had asserted, Romans 7:12-16 : The law is holy; and the commandment is holy, just, and good; see the note on Romans 7:12, etc.
If a man use it lawfully - That is, interpret it according to its own spirit and design, and use it for the purpose for which God has given it; for the ceremonial law was a schoolmaster to lead us unto Christ, and Christ is the end of that law for justification to every one that believes. Now those who did not use the law in reference to these ends, did not use it lawfully - they did not construe it according to its original design and meaning.
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'The glorious gospel of the blessed God.'--1 TIM. i. 11. Two remarks of an expository character will prepare the way for our consideration of this text. The first is, that the proper rendering is that which is given in the Revised Version--'the gospel of the glory,' not the 'glorious gospel.' The Apostle is not telling us what kind of thing the Gospel is, but what it is about. He is dealing not with its quality, but with its contents. It is a Gospel which reveals, has to do with, is the manifestation …
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The Communion of Gifts.
So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.
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