What shall we say now? Is the law sin?
No way! But I would not have known about sin except through the law. For I would not have known of covetousness either, if the law had not said: "Thou shalt not covet!"
But sin seized the opportunity through the commandment and caused every desire in me;
For without the law sin is dead. And I lived without law: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. Andthe commandment, which was given for life, proved to be death to me. For sin by the commandment seized the opportunity, deceived me, and by the same killed me. So then the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Has goodness now become death to me? (Verse 13 😉 )
No way! But sin!( that it might appear sin, bringing about death through the good in me, that sin might become exceedingly sinful through the commandment). For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal[selfish], sold under sin[negativity, separation]; [And so it is] for: what I accomplish I do not approve; for not what I will I do, but what I hate I practice. But if I practise that which I do not want, I approve the law that it is good.