Romans 7:19
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New International Version
For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing.

New Living Translation
I want to do what is good, but I don't. I don't want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.

English Standard Version
For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.

New American Standard Bible
For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.

King James Bible
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do.

International Standard Version
For I don't do the good I want to do, but instead do the evil that I don't want to do.

NET Bible
For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
It was not the good that I wanted that I did, but the evil that I did not want to do, that I did.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I don't do the good I want to do. Instead, I do the evil that I don't want to do.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I do not do the good that I desire; but the evil which I do not desire, that I do.

King James 2000 Bible
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

American King James Version
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

American Standard Version
For the good which I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I practise.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the good which I will, I do not; but the evil which I will not, that I do.

Darby Bible Translation
For I do not practise the good that I will; but the evil I do not will, that I do.

English Revised Version
For the good which I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I practise.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the good that I would, I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Weymouth New Testament
For what I do is not the good thing that I desire to do; but the evil thing that I desire not to do, is what I constantly do.

World English Bible
For the good which I desire, I don't do; but the evil which I don't desire, that I practice.

Young's Literal Translation
for the good that I will, I do not; but the evil that I do not will, this I practise.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:18-22 The more pure and holy the heart is, it will have the more quick feeling as to the sin that remains in it. The believer sees more of the beauty of holiness and the excellence of the law. His earnest desires to obey, increase as he grows in grace. But the whole good on which his will is fully bent, he does not do; sin ever springing up in him, through remaining corruption, he often does evil, though against the fixed determination of his will. The motions of sin within grieved the apostle. If by the striving of the flesh against the Spirit, was meant that he could not do or perform as the Spirit suggested, so also, by the effectual opposition of the Spirit, he could not do what the flesh prompted him to do. How different this case from that of those who make themselves easy with regard to the inward motions of the flesh prompting them to evil; who, against the light and warning of conscience, go on, even in outward practice, to do evil, and thus, with forethought, go on in the road to perdition! For as the believer is under grace, and his will is for the way of holiness, he sincerely delights in the law of God, and in the holiness which it demands, according to his inward man; that new man in him, which after God is created in true holiness.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For the good that I would, I do not,.... The apostle here repeats what he had delivered in Romans 7:15 to strengthen and confirm this part of his experience; that though he had a will to that which was good, yet he wanted power, and had none of himself to perform; and therefore often did what he would not, and what he would he did not.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19, 21. For, &c.—The conflict here graphically described between a self that "desires" to do good and a self that in spite of this does evil, cannot be the struggles between conscience and passion in the unregenerate, because the description given of this "desire to do good" in Ro 7:22 is such as cannot be ascribed, with the least show of truth, to any but the renewed.

Romans 7:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Struggling with Sin
18For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.…
Cross References
Mark 5:5
Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

Romans 7:15
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
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