New Living Translation
At one time I lived without understanding the law. But when I learned the command not to covet, for instance, the power of sin came to life,
King James Bible
For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
Darby Bible Translation
But I was alive without law once; but the commandment having come, sin revived, but I died.
World English Bible
I was alive apart from the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
Young's Literal Translation
And I was alive apart from law once, and the command having come, the sin revived, and I died;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
7:9 And I was once alive without the law - Without the close application of it. I had much life, wisdom, virtue, strength: so I thought. But when the commandment - That is, the law, a part put for the whole; but this expression particularly intimates its compulsive force, which restrains, enjoins, urges, forbids, threatens. Came - In its spiritual meaning, to my heart, with the power of God. Sin revived, and I died - My inbred sin took fire, and all my virtue and strength died away; and I then saw myself to be dead in sin, and liable to death eternal.
LibraryThou Shalt not Commit Adultery.
In this Commandment too a good work is commanded, which includes much and drives away much vice; it is called purity, or chastity, of which much is written and preached, and it is well known to every one, only that it is not as carefully observed and practised as other works which are not commanded. So ready are we to do what is not commanded and to leave undone what is commanded. We see that the world is full of shameful works of unchastity, indecent words, tales and ditties, temptation to which …
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How Christ is to be Made Use of as Our Life, in Case of Heartlessness and Fainting through Discouragements.
Of the Corruption of Nature and the Efficacy of Divine Grace
But sin used this command to arouse all kinds of covetous desires within me! If there were no law, sin would not have that power.
and I died. So I discovered that the law's commands, which were supposed to bring life, brought spiritual death instead.
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