Romans 7:21
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New International Version
So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.

New Living Translation
I have discovered this principle of life--that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.

English Standard Version
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.

New American Standard Bible
I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.

King James Bible
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So I discover this principle: When I want to do what is good, evil is with me.

International Standard Version
So I find this to be a principle: when I want to do what is good, evil is right there with me.

NET Bible
So, I find the law that when I want to do good, evil is present with me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I find, therefore, a law agreeing with my conscience which wants to do good, because evil is near me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So I've discovered this truth: Evil is present with me even when I want to do what God's standards say is good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So that, desiring to do good, I find this law: evil is natural unto me.

King James 2000 Bible
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

American King James Version
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

American Standard Version
I find then the law, that, to me who would do good, evil is present.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I find then a law, that when I have a will to do good, evil is present with me.

Darby Bible Translation
I find then the law upon *me* who will to practise what is right, that with *me* evil is there.

English Revised Version
I find then the law, that, to me who would do good, evil is present.

Webster's Bible Translation
I find then a law, that when I would do good, evil is present with me.

Weymouth New Testament
I find therefore the law of my nature to be that when I desire to do what is right, evil is lying in ambush for me.

World English Bible
I find then the law, that, to me, while I desire to do good, evil is present.

Young's Literal Translation
I find, then, the law, that when I desire to do what is right, with me the evil is present,
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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

I find then a law,.... This is to be understood either of the corruption of nature, which he found by experience to be in him; and which, because of its force, power, and prevalence it sometimes had in him, he calls "a law"; it forcibly demanding compliance with its lusts; and is the same with what he calls "evil", and which the Jews so frequently style "the evil imagination", by which they mean the corruption of nature; and one of the seven names, and the first of them, by which it is called, they tell us (k), is, "evil"; the very name it goes by here, and which they say God calls it, Genesis 6:5; and well may it be so called, since it is originally, naturally, and continually evil; it is evil in its nature and consequences; it is the source and spring of all evil:

that when I would do good; says the apostle, as soon as any good thought arises in me, any good resolution is entered into by me, or I am about to do anything that is good,

evil, the vitiosity of nature,

is present with me, and hinders me; it came into the world with me, and it has continued with me ever since; it cleaves close unto me, it lies very nigh me, and whenever there is any motion to that which is good, it starts up, which seemed to lie asleep before, and exerts itself, so that I cannot do the good I would. The Jews say (l), there are , "two hearts" in man, the good imagination, and the evil imagination. The apostle here speaks as of two wills in regenerate men, one to good, and another to evil: or this may be understood of the law of God, which he found agreed with his mind, willing that which is good, though sin lay so near to him; or he found that willing that which was good was the law of God, very agreeable to it; and that the law was on his side, favouring him, encouraging him to that which is good, though sin kept so close to him; to which sense agree the following words.

(k) T. Bab. Succa, fol. 52. 1. & Kiddushin, fol. 30. 2.((l) Tzeror Hammor, fol. 135. 4.



Romans 7:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Struggling with Sin
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. 21I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man,…
Cross References
Romans 7:23
but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.

Romans 7:25
Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Romans 8:2
because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Treasury of Scripture

I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

a law.

Romans 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind…

Romans 6:12,14 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should …

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free …

Psalm 19:13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not …

Psalm 119:133 Order my steps in your word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits …

Ephesians 6:11-13 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against …

2 Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants …

evil.

2 Chronicles 30:18,19 For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, …

Psalm 19:12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse you me from secret faults.

Psalm 40:12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: my iniquities have …

Psalm 65:3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, you shall …

Psalm 119:37 Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken you me in your way.

Isaiah 6:5-7 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean …

Zechariah 3:1-4 And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel …

Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and …

Hebrews 2:17 Why in all things it behooved him to be made like to his brothers…

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling …

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