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Romans 7:21 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— I find then the law, that, to me who would do good, evil is present.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— I find then a law, that when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— I find then the law upon *me* who will to practise what is right, that with *me* evil is there.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Hence, I find the law, to me who wish to be doing the right, that, unto me, the wrong lieth near:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— I find, then, the law, that when I desire to do what is right, with me the evil is present,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— I find then a law, that when I have a will to do good, evil is present with me.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— I find then a Law, that when I would do good, euil is present with me.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— I find then a law which accordeth with my mind, that willeth to do good, because evil is near to me.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— I find therefore a law coinciding with my conscience, which assenteth to my doing good, whereas evil is near to me.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
I find 2147
{2147} Prime
εὑρίσκω
heurisko
{hyoo-ris'-ko}
A prolonged form of a primary word εὕρω [[heuro]], {hyoo'-ro}; which (together with another cognate form, εὑρέω [[heureo]], {hyoo-reh'-o}) is used for it in all the tenses except the present and imperfect; to find (literally or figuratively).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
then 686
{0686} Prime
άρα
ara
{ar'-ah}
Probably from G0142 (through the idea of drawing a conclusion); a particle denoting an inference more or less decisive (as follows).
a law, 3551
{3551} Prime
νόμος
nomos
{nom'-os}
From a primary word νέμω [[nemo]] (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), generally (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle).
that, y3754
[3754] Standard
ὅτι
hoti
{hot'-ee}
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
when I 1698
{1698} Prime
ἐμοί
emoi
{em-oy'}
A prolonged form of G3427; to me.
would 2309
{2309} Prime
θέλω
thelo
{thel'-o}
In certain tenses θελέω [[theleo]], {thel-eh'-o}; and ἐθέλέω [[etheleo]], {eth-el-eh'-o}, which are otherwise obsolete; apparently strengthened from the alternate form of G0138; to determine (as an active voice option from subjective impulse; whereas G1014 properly denotes rather a passive voice acquiescence in objective considerations), that is, choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication to wish, that is, be inclined to (sometimes adverbially gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism to delight in.
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
do 4160
{4160} Prime
ποιέω
poieo
{poy-eh'-o}
Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct).
z5721
<5721> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 647
good, 2570
{2570} Prime
καλός
kalos
{kal-os'}
Of uncertain affinity; properly beautiful, but chiefly (figuratively) good (literally or morally), that is, valuable or virtuous (for appearance or use, and thus distinguished from G0018, which is properly intrinsic).
x3754
(3754) Complement
ὅτι
hoti
{hot'-ee}
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
evil 2556
{2556} Prime
κακός
kakos
{kak-os'}
Apparently a primary word; worthless (intrinsically such; whereas G4190 properly refers to effects), that is, (subjectively) depraved, or (objectively) injurious.
is present 3873
{3873} Prime
παράκειμαι
parakeimai
{par-ak'-i-mahee}
From G3844 and G2749; to lie near, that is, be at hand (figuratively be prompt or easy).
z5736
<5736> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 618
with me. 1698
{1698} Prime
ἐμοί
emoi
{em-oy'}
A prolonged form of G3427; to me.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Romans 7:19-21.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Romans 7:14-25.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Romans 7:21

I find then a law — An inward constraining power, flowing from the dictate of corrupt nature.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Romans 7:21

(13) I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

(13) The conclusion: as the law of God exhorts to goodness, so does the law of sin (that is, the corruption in which we are born) force us to wickedness: but the spirit, that is, our mind, in that it is regenerated, coexists with the law of God: but the flesh, that is, the whole natural man, is bondslave to the law of sin. Therefore, in short, wickedness and death are not of the law, but of sin, which reigns in those that are not regenerated: for they neither wish to do good, neither do they do good, but they wish and do evil: but in those that are regenerated, it strives against the spirit or law of the mind, so that they cannot live at all as well as they want to, or be as free of sin as they want to.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
a law:

Romans 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Psalms 19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous [sins]; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Psalms 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
Ephesians 6:11-13 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. ... Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
2 Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

evil:

2 Chronicles 30:18-19 For a multitude of the people, [even] many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the passover otherwise than it was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good LORD pardon every one ... [That] prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though [he be] not [cleansed] according to the purification of the sanctuary.
Psalms 19:12 Who can understand [his] errors? cleanse thou me from secret [faults].
Psalms 40:12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.
Psalms 65:3 Iniquities prevail against me: [as for] our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.
Psalms 119:37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; [and] quicken thou me in thy way.
Isaiah 6:5-7 Then said I, Woe [is] me! for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. ... And he laid [it] upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
Zechariah 3:1-4 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. ... And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.
Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.
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2Ch 30:18. Ps 19:12, 13; 40:12; 65:3; 119:37, 133. Is 6:5. Zc 3:1. Lk 4:1. Jn 8:34. Ro 6:12, 14; 7:23; 8:2. Ep 6:11. He 2:17; 4:15. 2P 2:19.

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