New American Standard Bible
So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
King James Bible
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Darby Bible Translation
So that the law indeed is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
World English Bible
Therefore the law indeed is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good.
Young's Literal Translation
so that the law, indeed, is holy, and the command holy, and righteous, and good.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Wherefore - So that. The conclusion to which we come is, that the Law is not to be blamed, though these are its effects under existing circumstances. The source of all this is not the Law, but the corrupt nature of man. The Law is good; and yet the position of the apostle is true, that it is not adapted to purify the heart of fallen man. Its tendency is to excite increased guilt, conflict, alarm, and despair. This verse contains an answer to the question in Romans 7:7, "Is the law sin?"
Is holy - Is not sin; compare Romans 7:7. It is pure in its nature.
And the commandment - The word "commandment" is here synonymous with the Law. It properly means what is enjoined.
Holy - Pure.
Just - Righteous in its claims and penalties. It is not unequal in its exactions.
Good - In itself good; and in its own nature tending to produce happiness. The sin and condemnation of the guilty is not the fault of the Law. If obeyed, it would produce happiness everywhere. See a most beautiful description of the law of God in Psalm 19:7-11.
LibraryThe Original and the Actual Relation of Man to Law.
ROMANS vii. 10.--"The commandment which, was ordained to life, I found to be unto death." The reader of St. Paul's Epistles is struck with the seemingly disparaging manner in which he speaks of the moral law. In one place, he tells his reader that "the law entered that the offence might abound;" in another, that "the law worketh wrath;" in another, that "sin shall not have dominion" over the believer because he is "not under the law;" in another, that Christians "are become dead to the law;" in …
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