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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Romans 7:19


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    King James Bible - Romans 7:19

    For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

    World English Bible

    For the good which I desire, I don't do; but the evil which I don't desire, that I
    practice.

    Douay-Rheims - Romans 7:19

    For the good which I will, I do not; but the evil which I will not, that I do.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    For the good that I would, I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    ου
    3756 PRT-N γαρ 1063 CONJ ο 3739 R-ASN θελω 2309 5719 V-PAI-1S ποιω 4160 5719 V-PAI-1S αγαθον 18 A-ASN αλλ 235 CONJ ο 3739 R-ASN ου 3756 PRT-N θελω 2309 5719 V-PAI-1S κακον 2556 A-ASN τουτο 5124 D-ASN πρασσω 4238 5719 V-PAI-1S

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 7:19

    Porque no hago el bien que quiero; pero el mal que no quiero, ste hago.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Romans 7:19

    Verse 19. For the good that I would I do not] Here again is the most decisive
    proof that the will is on the side of God and truth.

    But the evil which I would not] And here is equally decisive proof that the will is against, or opposed to evil. There is not a man in ten millions, who will carefully watch the operations of this faculty, that will find it opposed to good and obstinately attached to evil, as is generally supposed. Nay, it is found almost uniformly on God's side, while the whole sensual system is against him. - It is not the WILL that leads men astray; but the corrupt PASSIONS which oppose and oppress the will. It is truly astonishing into what endless mistakes men have fallen on this point, and what systems of divinity have been built on these mistakes. The will, this almost only friend to God in the human soul, has been slandered as God's worst enemy, and even by those who had the seventh chapter to the Romans before their eyes! Nay, it has been considered so fell a foe to God and goodness that it is bound in the adamantine chains of a dire necessity to do evil only; and the doctrine of will (absurdly called free will, as if will did not essentially imply what is free) has been considered one of the most destructive heresies. Let such persons put themselves to school to their Bibles and to common sense.

    The plain state of the case is this: the soul is so completely fallen, that it has no power to do good till it receive that power from on high. But it has power to see good, to distinguish between that and evil; to acknowledge the excellence of this good, and to will it, from a conviction of that excellence; but farther it cannot go. Yet, in various cases, it is solicited and consents to sin; and because it is will, that is, because it is a free principle, it must necessarily possess this power; and although it can do no good unless it receive grace from God, yet it is impossible to force it to sin.

    Even Satan himself cannot do this; and before he can get it to sin, he must gain its consent. Thus God in his endless mercy has endued this faculty with a power in which, humanly speaking, resides the salvability of the soul; and without this the soul must have eternally continued under the power of sin, or been saved as an inert, absolutely passive machine; which supposition would go as nearly to prove that it was as incapable of vice as it were of virtue.

    "But does not this arguing destroy the doctrine of free grace?" No! it establishes that doctrine. 1. It is through the grace, the unmerited kindness, of God, that the soul has such a faculty, and that it has not been extinguished by sin. 2. This will, though a free principle, as it respects its nilling of evil and choosing good, yet, properly speaking, has no power by which it can subjugate the evil or perform the good. We know that the eye has a power to discern objects, but without light this power is perfectly useless, and no object can be discerned by it. So, of the person represented here by the apostle, it is said, To will is present with me, to gar qelein parakeitai moi. To will is ever in readiness, it is ever at hand, it lies constantly before me; but how to perform that which is good, I find not; that is, the man is unregenerate, and he is seeking justification and holiness from the law. The law was never designed to give these-it gives the knowledge, not the cure of sin; therefore, though he nills evil and wills good, yet he can neither conquer the one nor perform the other till he receives the grace of Christ, till he seeks and finds redemption in his blood.

    Here, then, the free agency of man is preserved, without which he could not be in a salvable state; and the honour of the grace of Christ is maintained, without which there can be no actual salvation. There is a good sentiment on this subject in the following words of an eminent poet:- Thou great first CAUSE, least understood; Who all my sense confined To know but this, that thou art good; And that myself am blind.

    Yet gave me in this dark estate To see the good from ill; And binding nature fast in fate, Left free the human will.

    POPE'S Universal Prayer.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 19. For the good that I would, I do not , etc..] The apostle here repeats what he had delivered in ( Romans 7:15,16) to strengthen and confirm this part of his experience; that though he had a will to that which was good, yet he wanted power, and had none of himself to perform; and therefore often did what he would not, and what he would he did not.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 18-22 - The more pure and holy the
    heart is, it will have the more quic feeling as to the sin that remains in it. The believer sees more of the beauty of holiness and the excellence of the law. His earnest desire to obey, increase as he grows in grace. But the whole good on which his will is fully bent, he does not do; sin ever springing up in him through remaining corruption, he often does evil, though against the fixed determination of his will. The motions of sin within grieved the apostle. If by the striving of the flesh against the Spirit, was mean that he could not do or perform as the Spirit suggested, so also, by the effectual opposition of the Spirit, he could not do what the fles prompted him to do. How different this case from that of those who make themselves easy with regard to the inward motions of the fles prompting them to evil; who, against the light and warning of conscience, go on, even in outward practice, to do evil, and thus, with forethought, go on in the road to perdition! For as the believer i under grace, and his will is for the way of holiness, he sincerel delights in the law of God, and in the holiness which it demands according to his inward man; that new man in him, which after God is created in true holiness.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    ου
    3756 PRT-N γαρ 1063 CONJ ο 3739 R-ASN θελω 2309 5719 V-PAI-1S ποιω 4160 5719 V-PAI-1S αγαθον 18 A-ASN αλλ 235 CONJ ο 3739 R-ASN ου 3756 PRT-N θελω 2309 5719 V-PAI-1S κακον 2556 A-ASN τουτο 5124 D-ASN πρασσω 4238 5719 V-PAI-1S

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    19. Do not - do. (poiw - prassw). See on ver. 15.

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    7:19 {But the
    evil which I would not} (alla ho ou qelw kakon). Incorporation of the antecedent into the relative clause, "what evil I do not wish." An extreme case of this practise of evil is seen in the drunkard or the dope-fiend.


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