Romans 7:14
Parallel Verses
New International Version
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.

New Living Translation
So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin.

English Standard Version
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.

Berean Study Bible
We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.

Berean Literal Bible
For we know that the Law is spiritual; but I am fleshly, having been sold under sin.

New American Standard Bible
For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.

King James Bible
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am made out of flesh, sold into sin's power.

International Standard Version
For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am merely human, sold as a slave to sin.

NET Bible
For we know that the law is spiritual--but I am unspiritual, sold into slavery to sin.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For we know that The Written Law is spiritual but I am carnal and I am sold to sin.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I know that God's standards are spiritual, but I have a corrupt nature, sold as a slave to sin.

New American Standard 1977
For we know that the Law is spiritual; but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For we now know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold unto subjection by sin.

King James 2000 Bible
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

American King James Version
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

American Standard Version
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin.

Darby Bible Translation
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am fleshly, sold under sin.

English Revised Version
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

Webster's Bible Translation
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

Weymouth New Testament
For we know that the Law is a spiritual thing; but I am unspiritual--the slave, bought and sold, of sin.

World English Bible
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin.

Young's Literal Translation
for we have known that the law is spiritual, and I am fleshly, sold by the sin;
Study Bible
Struggling with Sin
13Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Certainly not! But in order that sin might be exposed as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful. 14We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do. But what I hate, I do.…
Word Study

For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

To know, remember, appreciate.

Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

[the] Law
nomos (N-NMS)
From a primary nemo; law, genitive case, specially, (including the volume); also of the Gospel), or figuratively.

I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

Spiritual. From pneuma; non-carnal, i.e. ethereal, or a spirit, or supernatural, regenerate, religious.

A primary particle; but, and, etc.

I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

Fleshly, consisting of flesh, carnal. From sarx; similar to flesh, i.e. soft.

having been sold
pepramenos (V-RPM/P-NMS)
A reduplicated and prolonged form of prao; contracted from perao; to traffic, i.e. Dispose of as merchandise or into slavery.

A primary preposition; under, i.e. of place, or with verbs; of place (underneath) or where (below) or time (when).

From hamartano; a sin.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
7:14-17 Compared with the holy rule of conduct in the law of God, the apostle found himself so very far short of perfection, that he seemed to be carnal; like a man who is sold against his will to a hated master, from whom he cannot set himself at liberty. A real Christian unwillingly serves this hated master, yet cannot shake off the galling chain, till his powerful and gracious Friend above, rescues him. The remaining evil of his heart is a real and humbling hinderance to his serving God as angels do and the spirits of just made perfect. This strong language was the result of St. Paul's great advance in holiness, and the depth of his self-abasement and hatred of sin. If we do not understand this language, it is because we are so far beneath him in holiness, knowledge of the spirituality of God's law, and the evil of our own hearts, and hatred of moral evil. And many believers have adopted the apostle's language, showing that it is suitable to their deep feelings of abhorrence of sin, and self-abasement. The apostle enlarges on the conflict he daily maintained with the remainder of his original depravity. He was frequently led into tempers, words, or actions, which he did not approve or allow in his renewed judgement and affections. By distinguishing his real self, his spiritual part, from the self, or flesh, in which sin dwelt, and by observing that the evil actions were done, not by him, but by sin dwelling in him, the apostle did not mean that men are not accountable for their sins, but he teaches the evil of their sins, by showing that they are all done against reason and conscience. Sin dwelling in a man, does not prove its ruling, or having dominion over him. If a man dwells in a city, or in a country, still he may not rule there.
Cross References
1 Kings 21:20
Ahab said to Elijah, "Have you found me, O my enemy?" And he answered, "I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do evil in the sight of the LORD.

1 Kings 21:25
Surely there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the sight of the LORD, because Jezebel his wife incited him.

2 Kings 17:17
Then they made their sons and their daughters pass through the fire, and practiced divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him.

Romans 3:9
What then? Are we any better? Not at all. For we have already made the charge that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin.

Romans 6:6
We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.

1 Corinthians 3:1
Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual, but as worldly--as infants in Christ.

Galatians 4:3
So also, when we were children, we were enslaved under the basic principles of the world.
Treasury of Scripture

For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

the law.

Leviticus 19:18 You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of …

Deuteronomy 6:5 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with …

Psalm 51:6 Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part …

Matthew 5:22,28 But I say to you, That whoever is angry with his brother without …

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your …

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any …

but.

Romans 7:18,22,23 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: …

Job 42:6 Why I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Psalm 119:25 My soul sticks to the dust: quicken you me according to your word.

Proverbs 30:2,5 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding …

Isaiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean …

Isaiah 64:5,6 You meet him that rejoices and works righteousness, those that remember …

Luke 5:8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart …

Luke 7:6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, …

Luke 18:11-14 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you, …

Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…

carnal.

Matthew 16:23 But he turned, and said to Peter, Get you behind me, Satan: you are …

1 Corinthians 3:1-3 And I, brothers, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to …

sold.

Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Genesis 37:27,36 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand …

Genesis 40:15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and …

Exodus 21:2-6 If you buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the …

Exodus 22:3 If the sun be risen on him, there shall be blood shed for him; for …

1 Kings 21:20,25 And Ahab said to Elijah, Have you found me, O my enemy? And he answered, …

2 Kings 17:17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the …

Isaiah 50:1 Thus said the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorce, whom …

Isaiah 52:3 For thus said the LORD, You have sold yourselves for nothing; and …

Amos 2:6 Thus said the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, …

Matthew 18:25 But for as much as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be …

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