Romans 7:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 7:11, NIV: For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.

Romans 7:11, ESV: For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.

Romans 7:11, KJV: For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.

Romans 7:11, NASB: for sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me, and through it, killed me.

Romans 7:11, NLT: Sin took advantage of those commands and deceived me; it used the commands to kill me.

Romans 7:11, CSB: For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me, and through it killed me.

What does Romans 7:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul repeats an idea he introduced in verse 8 of this chapter. He was talking about his response to learning of God's command not to covet (Exodus 20:17; Deuteronomy 5:21). The very existence of this command from God created an opportunity that sin pounced on. Suddenly, Paul was both aware of his own covetousness, and driven by a desire to covet!

Now he writes again about how sin seized the opportunity created by God's commands in the law. This time, though, he describes sin as deceiving him or leading him astray. Sin lied to Paul, as it lies to all of us. How does sin lead us astray? It convinces us that acting on our own desires is better in some way than obeying God. As the serpent did with Eve in the garden, sin says to us, "God is not good" or "You will not surely die."

The truth, though, is that God is good, and that sin always leads to death. Paul writes here that sin's deception killed him, metaphorically speaking, describing his spiritual death and separation from God. Sin does the same to all of us, and the law makes us aware of our sinfulness.