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.

Berean Study Bible
So this is the principle I have discovered: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.

Berean Literal Bible
So I find the principle in my desiring to do good, that evil is present with me.

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.

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

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.

New American Standard 1977
I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wishes to do 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,
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Struggling with Sin
20And if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21So this is the principle I have discovered: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22For in my inner being I delight in God’s Law.…
Cross References
Romans 7:23
But I see another law at work in my body, warring against the law of my mind and holding me captive to the law of sin that dwells within me.

Romans 7:25
Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I serve the law of God, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

Romans 8:2
For in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of 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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