Romans 7:10
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New International Version
I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.

New Living Translation
and I died. So I discovered that the law's commands, which were supposed to bring life, brought spiritual death instead.

English Standard Version
The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me.

Berean Study Bible
So I discovered that the very commandment that was meant to bring life actually brought death.

Berean Literal Bible
and this commandment that was unto life proved to be death to me.

New American Standard Bible
and this commandment, which was to result in life, proved to result in death for me;

King James Bible
And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and I died. The commandment that was meant for life resulted in death for me.

International Standard Version
and I died. I found that the very rule that was intended to bring life actually brought death.

NET Bible
and I died. So I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life brought death!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I found that commandment of life to be for death.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and I died. I found that the commandment which was intended to bring me life actually brought me death.

New American Standard 1977
and this commandment, which was to result in life, proved to result in death for me;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I found that the same commandment, which was unto life, was mortal unto me.

King James 2000 Bible
And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.

American King James Version
And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be to death.

American Standard Version
and the commandment, which was unto life, this I found to be unto death:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I died. And the commandment that was ordained to life, the same was found to be unto death to me.

Darby Bible Translation
And the commandment, which [was] for life, was found, [as] to me, itself [to be] unto death:

English Revised Version
and the commandment, which was unto life, this I found to be unto death:

Webster's Bible Translation
And the commandment which was ordained to life, I found to be to death.

Weymouth New Testament
and, as it turned out, the very Commandment which was to bring me life, brought me death.

World English Bible
The commandment, which was for life, this I found to be for death;

Young's Literal Translation
and the command that is for life, this was found by me for death;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
7:7-13 There is no way of coming to that knowledge of sin, which is necessary to repentance, and therefore to peace and pardon, but by trying our hearts and lives by the law. In his own case the apostle would not have known the sinfulness of his thoughts, motives, and actions, but by the law. That perfect standard showed how wrong his heart and life were, proving his sins to be more numerous than he had before thought, but it did not contain any provision of mercy or grace for his relief. He is ignorant of human nature and the perverseness of his own heart, who does not perceive in himself a readiness to fancy there is something desirable in what is out of reach. We may perceive this in our children, though self-love makes us blind to it in ourselves. The more humble and spiritual any Christian is, the more clearly will he perceive that the apostle describes the true believer, from his first convictions of sin to his greatest progress in grace, during this present imperfect state. St. Paul was once a Pharisee, ignorant of the spirituality of the law, having some correctness of character, without knowing his inward depravity. When the commandment came to his conscience by the convictions of the Holy Spirit, and he saw what it demanded, he found his sinful mind rise against it. He felt at the same time the evil of sin, his own sinful state, that he was unable to fulfil the law, and was like a criminal when condemned. But though the evil principle in the human heart produces sinful motions, and the more by taking occasion of the commandment; yet the law is holy, and the commandment holy, just, and good. It is not favourable to sin, which it pursues into the heart, and discovers and reproves in the inward motions thereof. Nothing is so good but a corrupt and vicious nature will pervert it. The same heat that softens wax, hardens clay. Food or medicine when taken wrong, may cause death, though its nature is to nourish or to heal. The law may cause death through man's depravity, but sin is the poison that brings death. Not the law, but sin discovered by the law, was made death to the apostle. The ruinous nature of sin, and the sinfulness of the human heart, are here clearly shown.
Study Bible
God's Law is Holy
9Once I was alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10So I discovered that the very commandment that was meant to bring life actually brought death. 11For sin, seizing its opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through the commandment put me to death.…
Cross References
Leviticus 18:5
'So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the LORD.

Luke 10:28
"You have answered correctly," Jesus said. "Do this and you will live."

Romans 4:15
because the Law brings wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression.

Romans 7:9
Once I was alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.

Romans 10:5
For concerning the righteousness that is by the Law, Moses writes: "The man who does these things will live by them."

Galatians 3:12
The Law, however, is not based on faith; on the contrary, "The one who does these things will live by them."
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