Romans 7:16
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New International Version
And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.

New Living Translation
But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good.

English Standard Version
Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.

New American Standard Bible
But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good.

King James Bible
If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree with the law that it is good.

International Standard Version
Now if I practice what I don't want to do, I am admitting that the Law is good.

NET Bible
But if I do what I don't want, I agree that the law is good.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if I did what I did not choose, I testify of The Written Law that it is excellent.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I don't do what I want to do, but I agree that God's standards are good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If then I do that which I do not desire, I approve that the law is good.

King James 2000 Bible
If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

American King James Version
If then I do that which I would not, I consent to the law that it is good.

American Standard Version
But if what I would not, that I do, I consent unto the law that it is good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If then I do that which I will not, I consent to the law, that it is good.

Darby Bible Translation
But if what I do not will, this I practise, I consent to the law that [it is] right.

English Revised Version
But if what I would not, that I do, I consent unto the law that it is good.

Webster's Bible Translation
If then I do that which I would not, I consent to the law that it is good.

Weymouth New Testament
But if I do that which I do not desire to do, I admit the excellence of the Law,

World English Bible
But if what I don't desire, that I do, I consent to the law that it is good.

Young's Literal Translation
And if what I do not will, this I do, I consent to the law that it is good,
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Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If then I do that which I would not,.... This is a corollary, or an inference from what he had related of his own experience; that since what he did, though it was contrary to the law of God, yet was what he did not will nor allow of, but hated, it must be a clear point, that he

consented to the law, that it was good; lovely and amiable; that it forbad those things which were hateful, and commanded those things which were desirable to a good man; and so is acknowledged to be a very beautiful rule of obedience, walk, and conversation.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. If then I do that which I would not—"But if what I would not that I do,"

I consent unto the law that it is good—"the judgment of my inner man going along with the law."

Romans 7:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Struggling with Sin
15For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.…
Cross References
Romans 7:12
So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.

1 Timothy 1:8
We know that the law is good if one uses it properly.
Treasury of Scripture

If then I do that which I would not, I consent to the law that it is good.

I consent.

Romans 7:12,14,22 Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good…

Psalm 119:127,128 Therefore I love your commandments above gold; yes, above fine gold…

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