Romans 7:22
Parallel Verses
New International Version
For in my inner being I delight in God's law;

New Living Translation
I love God's law with all my heart.

English Standard Version
For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,

New American Standard Bible
For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man,

King James Bible
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For in my inner self I joyfully agree with God's law.

International Standard Version
For I delight in the Law of God in my inner being,

NET Bible
For I delight in the law of God in my inner being.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For I rejoice in the law of God in the inner person.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I take pleasure in God's standards in my inner being.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I delight with the law of God with the inward man,

King James 2000 Bible
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

American King James Version
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

American Standard Version
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I am delighted with the law of God, according to the inward man:

Darby Bible Translation
For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man:

English Revised Version
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Webster's Bible Translation
For I delight in the law of God, after the inward man:

Weymouth New Testament
For in my inmost self all my sympathy is with the Law of God;

World English Bible
For I delight in God's law after the inward man,

Young's Literal Translation
for I delight in the law of God according to the inward man,
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 I delight in the law of God,.... This an unregenerate man cannot do; he does not like its commands, they are disagreeable to his corrupt nature; and as it is a threatening, cursing, damning law, it can never be delighted in by him: the moralist, the Pharisee, who obeys it externally, do not love it, nor delight in it; he obeys it not from love to its precepts, but from fear of its threatenings; from a desire of popular esteem, and from low, mercenary, selfish views, in order to gain the applause of men, and favour of God: only a regenerate man delights in the law of God; which he does, as it is fulfilled by Christ, who has answered all the demands of it: and as it is in the hands of Christ, held forth by him as a rule of holy walk and conversation; and as it is written upon his heart by the Spirit of God, to which he yields a voluntary and cheerful obedience: he serves it with his mind, of a ready mind freely, and without any constraint but that of love; he delights together with the law, as the word here used signifies; the delight is mutual and reciprocal, the law delights in him, and he delights in the law; and they both delight in the selfsame things, and particularly in the perfect obedience which the Son of God has yielded to it. The apostle adds,

after the inward man; by which he means the renewed man, the new man, or new nature, formed in his soul; which had its seat in the inward part, is an internal principle, oil in the vessel of the heart, a seed under ground, the kingdom within us, the hidden man of the heart, which is not obvious to everyone's view, it being not anything that is external, though never so good: this in its nature is agreeable to the law of God, and according to this a regenerate man delights in it: but then this restrictive limiting clause supposes another man, the old man, the carnal I, according to which the apostle did not delight in the law of God; and proves, that he speaks of himself as regenerate, and not as unregenerate, or as representing an unregenerate man, because no such distinction is to be found in such a person; nor does such a person delight at all, in any sense, upon any consideration in the law of God, but is enmity against it, and not subjected to it; nor can he be otherwise, without the grace of God.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man—"from the bottom of my heart." The word here rendered "delight" is indeed stronger than "consent" in Ro 7:16; but both express a state of mind and heart to which the unregenerate man is a stranger.

Romans 7:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
Struggling with Sin
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, 23but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 4:16
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

Ephesians 3:16
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

1 Peter 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.
Treasury of Scripture

For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

I delight.

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject …

Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have …

Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he …

Psalm 19:8-10 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment …

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yes, your law is within my heart.

Psalm 119:16,24,35,47,48,72,92 I will delight myself in your statutes: I will not forget your word…

Psalm 119:97-104,111,113,127,167,174 O how I love your law! it is my meditation all the day…

Isaiah 51:7 Listen to me, you that know righteousness, the people in whose heart …

John 4:34 Jesus said to them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, …

Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel …

inward.

Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that …

2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, …

Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to …

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man …

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, …

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