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There is no principle by which the soul can be brought into the light; no principle by which it can be restored to purity: fleshly appetites alone prevail; and the brute runs away with the man. (Dr. Adam Clarke)

The will is right, but the passions are wrong. It discerns and approves, but is without ability to perform: it has no power over sensual appetites; in these the principle of rebellion dwells: it nills evil, it wills good, but can only command through the power of Divine grace: but this the person in question, the unregenerate man, has not received. (Dr. Adam Clarke)

The entire man in whom sin and righteousness struggle, in whose unregenerate condition sin is the victor, having its domain in the flesh. (Dr. Marvin R. Vincent)

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. (NASB)

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. (KJV)

And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can't. (NLT)

For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. (NET)

Once again we see our sinful selves in practice under the law.  The obstacle to doing good is me even though my desire is willing the evil propensity overshadows because it was enraged by the righteous law.  It demonstrates what Paul now exclaims in no small way, "nothing good dwells in me!"  How then do we see ourselves.  Can we begin to see the total debauchery of the flesh in which we make our abode in this life?  Only because the Spirit of Holiness now lives in us and enables us to see that which beforehand was invisible to our reprobate minds.  Present [in with] me (παράκειται  parakeitai) "that is, it was constantly before him; it was now his habitual inclination and purpose of mind. It is the uniform, regular, habitual purpose of the Christian’s mind to do right." (Dr. Albert Barnes)  However, it must be noted that, though it looms large in our view, the dynamic tension between the two natures is not the subject at hand but rather the effect of the law!  The point then becomes NOT condemnation, even though the holy writ does leave us under judgment, but rather the total absence of the required energy to fulfill it righteous standards to avoid condemnation.

A man walks in quiet indifference, doing his own will, without knowledge of God, or consequently any sense of sin or rebellion.  The law comes, and he dies under its just judgment, which forbids everything that he desires.  Lust was an evil thing, but it did not reveal the judgment of God; on the contrary, it forgot it.  But when the law was come, sin (it is looked at here as an enemy that attacks some person or place), knowing that the will would persist and the conscience condemn, seized the opportunity of the law, impelled the man in the direction contrary to the law, and slew him, in the conscience of sin which the law forbade on the part of God.  Death to the man, on God's part in judgment, was the result.  The law then was good and holy, since it forbade the sin, but in condemning the sinner. (Dr. John Darby)

Gen 6:5  The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and He saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. (NLT)

Job 14:4  Who can bring purity out of an impure person? No one! (NLT)

Job 15:14-16  Can any mortal be pure? Can anyone born of a woman be just? Look, God does not even trust the angels.  Even the heavens are not absolutely pure in His sight.  How much less pure is a corrupt and sinful person with a thirst for wickedness! (NLT)

Job 25:4  How can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone born of a woman be pure? (NLT)

Psa 51:5  For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. (NLT)

Isa 64:6  We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind. (NLT)

Mat 15:19  For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. (NLT)

Mar 7:21-23  For from within, out of a person's heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness.  All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you." (NLT)

Eph 2:1-5  Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.  You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.  All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God's anger, just like everyone else.  But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's grace that you have been saved!) (NLT)

Tit 3:3  Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. (NLT)

1Pe 4:2  You won't spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God. (NLT)

Psa 119:5  Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect Your decrees! (NLT)

Gal 5:17  The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. (NLT)

Php 3:12  I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. (NLT)

There is no principle by which the soul can be brought into the light; no principle by which it can be restored to purity: fleshly appetites alone prevail; and the brute runs away with the man. (Dr. Adam Clarke)

The will is right, but the passions are wrong. It discerns and approves, but is without ability to perform: it has no power over sensual appetites; in these the principle of rebellion dwells: it nills evil, it wills good, but can only command through the power of Divine grace: but this the person in question, the unregenerate man, has not received. (Dr. Adam Clarke)

The entire man in whom sin and righteousness struggle, in whose unregenerate condition sin is the victor, having its domain in the flesh. (Dr. Marvin R. Vincent)

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. (NASB)

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. (KJV)

And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can't. (NLT)

For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. (NET)

Once again we see our sinful selves in practice under the law.  The obstacle to doing good is me even though my desire is willing the evil propensity overshadows because it was enraged by the righteous law.  It demonstrates what Paul now exclaims in no small way, "nothing good dwells in me!"  How then do we see ourselves.  Can we begin to see the total debauchery of the flesh in which we make our abode in this life?  Only because the Spirit of Holiness now lives in us and enables us to see that which beforehand was invisible to our reprobate minds.  Present [in with] me (παράκειται  parakeitai) "that is, it was constantly before him; it was now his habitual inclination and purpose of mind. It is the uniform, regular, habitual purpose of the Christian’s mind to do right." (Dr. Albert Barnes)  However, it must be noted that, though it looms large in our view, the dynamic tension between the two natures is not the subject at hand but rather the effect of the law!  The point then becomes NOT condemnation, even though the holy writ does leave us under judgment, but rather the total absence of the required energy to fulfill it righteous standards to avoid condemnation.

A man walks in quiet indifference, doing his own will, without knowledge of God, or consequently any sense of sin or rebellion.  The law comes, and he dies under its just judgment, which forbids everything that he desires.  Lust was an evil thing, but it did not reveal the judgment of God; on the contrary, it forgot it.  But when the law was come, sin (it is looked at here as an enemy that attacks some person or place), knowing that the will would persist and the conscience condemn, seized the opportunity of the law, impelled the man in the direction contrary to the law, and slew him, in the conscience of sin which the law forbade on the part of God.  Death to the man, on God's part in judgment, was the result.  The law then was good and holy, since it forbade the sin, but in condemning the sinner. (Dr. John Darby)

Gen 6:5  The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and He saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. (NLT)

Job 14:4  Who can bring purity out of an impure person? No one! (NLT)

Job 15:14-16  Can any mortal be pure? Can anyone born of a woman be just? Look, God does not even trust the angels.  Even the heavens are not absolutely pure in His sight.  How much less pure is a corrupt and sinful person with a thirst for wickedness! (NLT)

Job 25:4  How can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone born of a woman be pure? (NLT)

Psa 51:5  For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. (NLT)

Isa 64:6  We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind. (NLT)

Mat 15:19  For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. (NLT)

Mar 7:21-23  For from within, out of a person's heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness.  All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you." (NLT)

Eph 2:1-5  Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.  You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.  All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God's anger, just like everyone else.  But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's grace that you have been saved!) (NLT)

Tit 3:3  Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. (NLT)

1Pe 4:2  You won't spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God. (NLT)

Psa 119:5  Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect Your decrees! (NLT)

Gal 5:17  The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. (NLT)

Php 3:12  I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. (NLT)



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