Romans 8:7
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New International Version
The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so.

New Living Translation
For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God's laws, and it never will.

English Standard Version
For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.

New American Standard Bible
because 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,

King James Bible
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the mind-set of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit itself to God's law, for it is unable to do so.

International Standard Version
That is why the mind that focuses on human nature is hostile toward God. It refuses to submit to the authority of God's Law because it is powerless to do so.

NET Bible
because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the mind of the flesh is hatred toward God, for it is not subject to the law of God because it cannot be.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is so because the corrupt nature has a hostile attitude toward God. It refuses to place itself under the authority of God's standards because it can't.

Jubilee Bible 2000
because the prudence of the flesh is enmity against God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, neither indeed can it.

King James 2000 Bible
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

American King James Version
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

American Standard Version
because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because the wisdom of the flesh is an enemy to God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither can it be.

Darby Bible Translation
Because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God; for neither indeed can it be:

English Revised Version
because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be:

Webster's Bible Translation
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Weymouth New Testament
Abandonment to earthly things is a state of enmity to God. Such a mind does not submit to God's Law, and indeed cannot do so.

World English Bible
because the mind of the flesh is hostile towards God; for it is not subject to God's law, neither indeed can it be.

Young's Literal Translation
because the mind of the flesh is enmity to God, for to the law of God it doth not subject itself,
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

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God,.... These words contain a reason why the issue of carnal mindedness is death; because the carnal mind, the wisdom of the flesh, is not only an enemy, but enmity itself against God: against his being; it reasons against it; it wishes he was not; it forms unworthy notions of him; thinks him such an one as itself; and endeavours to bury him in forgetfulness, and erase out of its mind all memorials of him: it is at enmity against his perfections; either denying his omniscience; or arraigning his justice and faithfulness; or despising his goodness, and abusing his grace and mercy: it finds fault with, and abhors his decrees and purposes; quarrels with his providences; it is implacable against his word and Gospel; especially the particular doctrines of grace, the Father's grace in election, the Son's in redemption, and the Spirit's in regeneration; and has in the utmost contempt the ordinances and people of Christ. This enmity is universal, it is in all men in unregeneracy, either direct or indirect, hidden or more open; it is undeserved; it is natural and deeply rooted in the mind, and irreconcilable without the power and grace of God. It shows itself in an estrangedness from God; in holding friendship with the world, in harbouring the professed enemies of God, in living under the government of sin and Satan; in hating what God loves, and in loving what God hates; in omitting what God commands, and committing what he forbids; it manifests itself in their language, and throughout the whole of their conversations.

For it is not subject to the law of God; carnal men are subject to the law's sentence of condemnation, but not to its precepts, by obedience to them; there may be an external, and which is a servile obedience to it, but not a free, voluntary, internal one, and still less a perfect one: the carnal mind is so far from an obedient subjection to the law, that it is far off from the law, and the law from that; it hates and despises it, thwarts and contradicts it in every instance, and, as much as in it lies, makes it void; which fully proves the enmity of the carnal mind against God; for hereby his being is tacitly denied, his sovereignty disputed, his image defaced, his government withdrawn from, and these persons are declared, and declare themselves enemies to him:

neither indeed can be; without regenerating grace, without the power and Spirit of God, unless it is written upon the heart by the finger of God; for carnal men are dead in sin, and so without strength to obey the law; and besides, the carnal mind, and the law of God, are directly contrary one to another. Where is man's power and free will? no wonder the carnal mind do not stoop to the Gospel of Christ, when it is not, and cannot be subject to the law of God. Hence we see the necessity of almighty power, and efficacious grace in conversion. It is Christ's work to subject men to the law, and which is done when he justifies by his righteousness: agreeably to which the Targum on Isaiah 53:11; paraphrases it thus:

"in his wisdom he shall justify the righteous, that , "he may subject many to the law".''

And in Isaiah 53:11, the transgressors he hath subjected to the law.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God—The desire and pursuit of carnal ends is a state of enmity to God, wholly incompatible with true life and peace in the soul.

for it is not subject—"doth not submit itself."

to the law of God, neither indeed can be—In such a state of mind there neither is nor can be the least subjection to the law of God. Many things may be done which the law requires, but nothing either is or can be done because God's law requires it, or purely to please God.

Romans 8:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
No Condemnation in Christ
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, 8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Cross References
Colossians 2:18
Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.

James 4:4
You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
Treasury of Scripture

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

the carnal mind. Gr. the minding of the flesh.

Romans 1:28,30 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God …

Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death …

Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the …

2 Chronicles 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said …

Psalm 53:1 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, …

John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of …

John 15:23,24 He that hates me hates my Father also…

Ephesians 4:18,19 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life …

Colossians 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by …

2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

James 4:4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship …

1 John 2:15,16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If …

for it.

Romans 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk …

Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yes, we establish …

Romans 7:7-14,22 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not …

Matthew 5:19 Whoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and …

1 Corinthians 9:21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God…

Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

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

neither.

Jeremiah 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then …

Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? …

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: …

2 Peter 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling …

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