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Romans 7:24 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me out of the body of this death?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— O wretched man that I [am]! who shall deliver me out of this body of death?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Wretched, man am, I! Who shall rescue me out of this body doomed to death?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A wretched man I [am]! who shall deliver me out of the body of this death?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Unhappy man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— O wretched man that I am: who shall deliuer me from the body of this death?
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Miserable son of man am I! who will deliver me from this body of death?
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— O, a miserable man, am I! Who will rescue me from this body of death?

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
O wretched 5005
{5005} Prime
From the base of G5007 and a derivative of the base of G3984; enduring trial, that is, miserable.
man 444
{0444} Prime
From G0435 and ὤψ [[ops]] (the countenance; from G3700); manfaced, that is, a human being.
that I x1473
(1473) Complement
A primary pronoun of the first person, 'I' (only expressed when emphatic).
am! y1473
[1473] Standard
A primary pronoun of the first person, 'I' (only expressed when emphatic).
who 5101
{5101} Prime
Probably emphatic of G5100; an interrogitive pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions).
shall deliver 4506
{4506} Prime
Middle voice of an obsolete verb, akin to G4482 (through the idea of a current; compare G4511); to rush or draw (for oneself), that is, rescue.
<5695> Grammar
Tense - Future (See G5776)
Voice - Middle Deponent (See G5788)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 271
me 3165
{3165} Prime
A shorter (and probably original) form of G1691; me.
from 1537
{1537} Prime
A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
body 4983
{4983} Prime
From G4982; the body (as a sound whole), used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively.
of this 5127
{5127} Prime
Genitive singular masculine or neuter of G3778; of (from or concerning) this (person or thing).
death? 2288
{2288} Prime
From G2348; (properly an adjective used as a noun) death (literally or figuratively).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Romans 7:24

_ _ O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? — The apostle speaks of the “body” here with reference to “the law of sin” which he had said was “in his members,” but merely as the instrument by which the sin of the heart finds vent in action, and as itself the seat of the lower appetites (see on Romans 6:6, and see on Romans 7:5); and he calls it “the body of this death,” as feeling, at the moment when he wrote, the horrors of that death (Romans 6:21, and Romans 7:5) into which it dragged him down. But the language is not that of a sinner newly awakened to the sight of his lost state; it is the cry of a living but agonized believer, weighed down under a burden which is not himself, but which he longs to shake off from his renewed self. Nor does the question imply ignorance of the way of relief at the time referred to. It was designed only to prepare the way for that outburst of thankfulness for the divinely provided remedy which immediately follows.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Romans 7:14-25.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Romans 7:24

Wretched man that I am — The struggle is now come to the height; and the man, finding there is no help in himself, begins almost unawares to pray, Who shall deliver me? He then seeks and looks for deliverance, till God in Christ appears to answer his question. The word which we translate deliver, implies force. And indeed without this there can be no deliverance. The body of this death — That is, this body of death; this mass of sin, leading to death eternal, and cleaving as close to me as my body to my soul. We may observe, the deliverance is not wrought yet.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Romans 7:24

(14) O (d) wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

(14) It is a miserable thing to be yet in part subject to sin, which of its own nature makes us guilty of death: but we must cry to the Lord, who will by death itself at length make us conquerors, as we are already conquerors in Christ.

(d) Wearied with miserable and continual conflicts.

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Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
1 Kings 8:38 What prayer and supplication soever be [made] by any man, [or] by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:
Psalms 6:6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.
Psalms 32:3-4 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. ... For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
Psalms 38:2 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.
Psalms 38:8-10 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. ... My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
Psalms 77:3-9 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah. ... Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.
Psalms 119:20 My soul breaketh for the longing [that it hath] unto thy judgments at all times.
Psalms 119:81-83 CAPH. My soul fainteth for thy salvation: [but] I hope in thy word. ... For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; [yet] do I not forget thy statutes.
Psalms 119:131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
Psalms 119:143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: [yet] thy commandments [are] my delights.
Psalms 119:176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.
Psalms 130:1-3 [[A Song of degrees.]] Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. ... If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
Ezekiel 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
Matthew 5:4 Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
2 Corinthians 12:7-9 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. ... And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.


Deuteronomy 22:26-27 But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; [there is] in the damsel no sin [worthy] of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbour, and slayeth him, even so [is] this matter: ... For he found her in the field, [and] the betrothed damsel cried, and [there was] none to save her.
Psalms 71:11 Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for [there is] none to deliver [him].
Psalms 72:12 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and [him] that hath no helper.
Psalms 91:14-15 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. ... He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I [will be] with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
Psalms 102:20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;
Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Zechariah 9:11-12 As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein [is] no water. ... Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare [that] I will render double unto thee;
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
2 Corinthians 1:8-10 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: ... Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver [us];
2 Timothy 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve [me] unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Hebrews 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

the body of this:
or, this body of,
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Psalms 88:5 Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.
Colossians 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
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