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“If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.”

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Romans 7:16 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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If εἰ If, whether, that, etc If
then δὲ But, and, etc then
I do ποιῶ To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) do
that τοῦτο That thing that
which The relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that which
I would θέλω To determine (as an active option from subjective impulse; whereas G1014 properly denotes rather a passive acquiescence in objective considerations), i.e., choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication, to wish, i.e., be inclined to (sometimes adverbially, gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism, to delight in would
not, οὐ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not
I consent unto σύμφημι To say jointly, i.e., assent to consent
the τῷ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
law νόμῳ Law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), genitive case (regulation), specially, (of Moses (including the volume); also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle) law
that ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because that
it is (No Greek definition. English implied.)
good. καλός Properly, beautiful, but chiefly (figuratively) good (literally or morally), i.e., valuable or virtuous (for appearance or use, and thus distinguished from G0018, which is properly intrinsic) good

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  • 14  For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

  • 15  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

  • 16  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

  • 17  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

  • 18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.


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