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Romans 8:13

    Romans 8:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    for if ye live after the flesh, ye must die; but if by the Spirit ye put to death the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For if you go in the way of the flesh, death will come on you; but if by the Spirit you put to death the works of the body, you will have life.

    Webster's Revision

    for if ye live after the flesh, ye must die; but if by the Spirit ye put to death the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

    World English Bible

    For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    for if ye live after the flesh, ye must die; but if by the spirit ye mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

    Definitions for Romans 8:13

    Mortify - To put to death; to take away.

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 8:13

    For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die - Though μελλετε αποθνησκειν may mean, ye shall afterwards die, and this seems to indicate a temporal death, yet not exclusively of an eternal death; for both, and especially the latter, are necessarily implied.

    But if ye through the Spirit - If ye seek that grace and spiritual help which the Gospel of Christ furnishes, resist, and, by resisting, mortify the deeds of the flesh, against which the law gave you no assistance, ye shall live a life of faith, love, and holy obedience here, and a life of glory hereafter.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 8:13

    For if you live ... - If you live to indulge your carnal propensities, you will sink to eternal death; Romans 7:23.

    Through the Spirit - By the aid of the Spirit; by cherishing and cultivating his influences. What is here required can be accomplished only by the aid of the Holy Spirit.

    Do mortify - Do put to death; do destroy. Sin is mortified when its power is destroyed, and it ceases to be active.

    The deeds of the body - The corrupt inclinations and passions; called deeds of the body, because they are supposed to have their origin in the fleshly appetites.

    Ye shall live - You shall be happy and saved. Either your sins must die, or you must. If they are suffered to live, you will die. If they are put to death, you will be saved. No man can be saved in his sins. This closes the argument of the apostle for the superiority of the gospel to the Law in promoting the purity of man. By this train of reasoning, he has shown that the gospel has accomplished what the Law could not do - the sanctification of the soul, the destruction of the corrupt passions of our nature, and the recovery of man to God.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 8:13

    8:13 The deeds of the flesh - Not only evil actions, but evil desires, tempers, thoughts. If ye mortify - Kill, destroy these. Ye shall live - The life of faith more abundantly here, and hereafter the life of glory.