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Romans 7:12

    Romans 7:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    So that the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But the law is holy, and its orders are holy, upright, and good.

    Webster's Revision

    So that the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good.

    World English Bible

    Therefore the law indeed is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    So that the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good.

    Definitions for Romans 7:12

    Wherefore - Why?; for what reason?; for what cause?

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 7:12

    Wherefore the law is holy - As if he had said, to soothe his countrymen, to whom he had been showing the absolute insufficiency of the law either to justify or save from sin: I do not intimate that there is any thing improper or imperfect in the law as a rule of life: it prescribes what is holy, just, and good; for it comes from a holy, just, and good God. The Law, which is to regulate the whole of the outward conduct, is holy; and the Commandment, Thou shalt not covet, which is to regulate the heart, is not less so. All is excellent and pure; but it neither pardons sin nor purifies the heart; and it is because it is holy, just, and good, that it condemns transgressors to death.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 7:12

    Wherefore - So that. The conclusion to which we come is, that the Law is not to be blamed, though these are its effects under existing circumstances. The source of all this is not the Law, but the corrupt nature of man. The Law is good; and yet the position of the apostle is true, that it is not adapted to purify the heart of fallen man. Its tendency is to excite increased guilt, conflict, alarm, and despair. This verse contains an answer to the question in Romans 7:7, "Is the law sin?"

    Is holy - Is not sin; compare Romans 7:7. It is pure in its nature.

    And the commandment - The word "commandment" is here synonymous with the Law. It properly means what is enjoined.

    Holy - Pure.

    Just - Righteous in its claims and penalties. It is not unequal in its exactions.

    Good - In itself good; and in its own nature tending to produce happiness. The sin and condemnation of the guilty is not the fault of the Law. If obeyed, it would produce happiness everywhere. See a most beautiful description of the law of God in Psalm 19:7-11.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 7:12

    7:12 The commandment - That is, every branch of the law. Is holy, and just, and good - It springs from, and partakes of, the holy nature of God; it is every way just and right in itself; it is designed wholly for the good of man.