Romans 8:6
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New International Version
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

New Living Translation
So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

English Standard Version
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

New American Standard Bible
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,

King James Bible
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace.

International Standard Version
To focus our minds on the human nature leads to death, but to focus our minds on the Spirit leads to life and peace.

NET Bible
For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For the mind of the flesh is death, and the mind of The Spirit is life and peace,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The corrupt nature's attitude leads to death. But the spiritual nature's attitude leads to life and peace.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the prudence of the flesh is death, but the prudence of the Spirit, life and peace,

King James 2000 Bible
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

American King James Version
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

American Standard Version
For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the wisdom of the flesh is death; but the wisdom of the spirit is life and peace.

Darby Bible Translation
For the mind of the flesh [is] death; but the mind of the Spirit life and peace.

English Revised Version
For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the spirit is life and peace:

Webster's Bible Translation
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace:

Weymouth New Testament
Because for the mind to be given up to earthly things means death; but for it to be given up to spiritual things means Life and peace.

World English Bible
For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace;

Young's Literal Translation
for the mind of the flesh is death, and the mind of the Spirit -- life and peace;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:1-9 Believers may be chastened of the Lord, but will not be condemned with the world. By their union with Christ through faith, they are thus secured. What is the principle of their walk; the flesh or the Spirit, the old or the new nature, corruption or grace? For which of these do we make provision, by which are we governed? The unrenewed will is unable to keep any commandment fully. And the law, besides outward duties, requires inward obedience. God showed abhorrence of sin by the sufferings of his Son in the flesh, that the believer's person might be pardoned and justified. Thus satisfaction was made to Divine justice, and the way of salvation opened for the sinner. By the Spirit the law of love is written upon the heart, and though the righteousness of the law is not fulfilled by us, yet, blessed be God, it is fulfilled in us; there is that in all true believers, which answers the intention of the law. The favour of God, the welfare of the soul, the concerns of eternity, are the things of the Spirit, which those that are after the Spirit do mind. Which way do our thoughts move with most pleasure? Which way go our plans and contrivances? Are we most wise for the world, or for our souls? Those that live in pleasure are dead, 1Ti 5:6. A sanctified soul is a living soul; and that life is peace. The carnal mind is not only an enemy to God, but enmity itself. The carnal man may, by the power of Divine grace, be made subject to the law of God, but the carnal mind never can; that must be broken and driven out. We may know our real state and character by inquiring whether we have the Spirit of God and Christ, or not, ver. 9. Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit. Having the Spirit of Christ, means having a turn of mind in some degree like the mind that was in Christ Jesus, and is to be shown by a life and conversation suitable to his precepts and example.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For to be carnally minded is death,.... The phrase the apostle here uses, includes the best part of corrupt man; the mind, the understanding, the judgment, the will, the affections, the thoughts, the reason, and reasonings of man; and may be rendered, "the wisdom", or "prudence of the flesh"; so called, to distinguish it from that wisdom which is from above; from that natural and civil wisdom, which is laudable; and it shows that the wisest part of man is but carnal: all sorts of persons destitute of the grace of God are concerned herein; or this is applicable to them all, as the sensualist, the worldling, the proud Pharisee, and the wise disputer of this world. This wisdom of the flesh, or carnal mindedness, "is death"; not that it is conversant about death; or that such persons are thoughtful of it, endeavour to make it familiar to them; or are desirous of it, and esteem it as a privilege; this only spiritually minded men do: but the sense is, that this issues in death; death is not the object, but the end of carnal mindedness; carnal mindedness, so far as it prevails in the saints, brings a death upon them. It is true, indeed, they cannot die a spiritual, or an eternal death; yet sometimes they are very dead and lifeless in their frames, in the exercise of grace and discharge of duty; which is frequently owing to their carnality: and the effect of this must needs be death in carnal men; since it alienates from God; it renders them transgressors of the law, and obnoxious to its curse; it sets the soul against, and diverts it from Christ the way of life; and if grace prevent not, must be the cause of, and issue in eternal death; because it is sin and sinful, it is enmity to God, it disqualifies for life, and makes persons fit companions for the heirs of wrath:

but to be spiritually minded, is life and peace; spiritually minded men are the only living persons in a spiritual sense, for all that are in and after the flesh are dead; and so far as carnal mindedness prevails in professors, there is a deadness in them as to all spiritual exercises; and oftentimes as to outward appearance, there is no difference between them and dead men: but spiritually minded men are evidently living persons; they have a spiritual discerning of spiritual things; they breathe after them, savour and relish them; they talk of spiritual things, and walk in a spiritual manner; they are not only alive, but lively in the exercise of grace and discharge of duty; and are the means of enlivening others; and their end will be everlasting life; which is certain from the declared will and promise of God, and from the grace of life and Spirit of life which are in them. "Peace" also is another effect of spiritual mindedness; such enjoy peace of conscience: this is a fruit of the Spirit; a part of the kingdom of grace the are possessed of; and the things their minds are conversant with are productive of it; which is the gift of God, passes all understanding, and is of more worth than all the world: such men are also of peaceable dispositions in commonwealths, in neighbourhoods, in families, and churches; induced thereunto by the noblest arguments; and their end will be peace, which will be perfect and eternal.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. For—a mere particle of transition here [Tholuck], like "but" or "now."

to be carnally minded—literally, "the mind" or "minding of the flesh" (Margin); that is, the pursuit of fleshly ends.

is death—not only "ends in" [Alford, &c.], but even now "is"; carrying death into its bosom, so that such are "dead while they live" (1Ti 5:6; Eph 2:1, 5) [Philippi].

but to be spiritually minded—"the mind" or "minding of the spirit"; that is, the pursuit of spiritual objects.

is life and peace—not "life" only, in contrast with the "death" that is in the other pursuit, but "peace"; it is the very element of the soul's deepest repose and true bliss.

Romans 8:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
No Condemnation in Christ
5For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,…
Cross References
Romans 6:21
What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:13
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

Romans 8:27
And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God's people in accordance with the will of God.

Galatians 6:8
Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Treasury of Scripture

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

to be carnally minded. Gr. the minding of the flesh. So. ver.

Romans 8:7,13 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject …

Romans 6:21,23 What fruit had you then in those things whereof you are now ashamed? …

Romans 7:5,11 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by …

Romans 13:14 But put you on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for …

Galatians 6:8 For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption…

James 1:14,15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed…

to be spiritually minded. Gr. the minding of the Spirit.

Romans 5:1,10 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through …

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, …

John 14:6,27 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man …

John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify you me with your own self with the glory …

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

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