So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good.
 Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, working death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.
 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin.
 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good.
 So then it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me.
 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it.
 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.
 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me.
 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.
 For I delight in the law of God, in my inmost self,
 but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in my members.
 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I of myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
 Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all,
 and ordered them not to make him known.
 This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:
 “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
 He will not wrangle or cry aloud,
nor will any one hear his voice in the streets;
 he will not break a bruised reed
or quench a smoldering wick,
till he brings justice to victory;
 and in his name will the Gentiles hope.”
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