18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my
sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot
carry it out.
19 For what I do is not the good I want to
do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.
20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who
do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good,
evil is right there with me.
22 For in my inner being I
delight in God's law; 23 but I see another law at work in
the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a
prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.
24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body
25 Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our
Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the
sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.