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Romans 7:22 - Delight in the Law of God Bookmark

Sensual gratifications and illicit affections have debased our nobler powers, and indisposed our hearts to the discovery of God, and to the consideration of his perfections; to a constant willing submission to his authority, and obedience to his laws. (William Wilberforce)

For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, (NASB)

For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: (KJV)

I love God's law with all my heart. (NLT)

For I delight in the law of God in my inner being. (NET)

Romans 7:22 
For I delight - The word used here Συνήδομαι  Sunēdomai, occurs no where else in the New Testament. It properly means to rejoice with anyone; and expresses not only approbation of the understanding, as the expression, “I consent unto the law,” in Romans 7:16, but more than that it denotes sensible pleasure in the heart.  It indicates not only intellectual assent, but emotion, an emotion of pleasure in the contemplation of the Law.  And this shows that the apostle is not speaking of an unrenewed man.  (Dr. Albert Barnes)

 Every Jew, and every unregenerate man, who receives the Old Testament as a revelation from God, must acknowledge the great purity, excellence and utility of its maxims, etc., though he will ever find that without the grace of our Lord Jesus he can never act according to those heavenly maxims; and without the mercy of God, can never be redeemed from the curse entailed upon him for his past transgressions. (Dr. Adam Clark)

The more pure and holy the heart is, it will have the more quick feeling as to the sin that remains in it. The believer sees more of the beauty of holiness and the excellence of the law. His earnest desires to obey, increase as he grows in grace. But the whole good on which his will is fully bent, he does not do; sin ever springing up in him, through remaining corruption, he often does evil, though against the fixed determination of his will. The motions of sin within grieved the apostle. (Matthew Henry)

Perhaps the New Living Translation most accurately captures this thought for the modern western mind.  I think in our busy world where every minute is spoken for as we go about the ritual of our daily lives the thought of deep and reverent contemplation are foreign to our custom and nature.  How often do we contemplate anything?  Thus since we do not in our day delight in the law of the lord nor meditate on it day and night we remain barren of the fruit in season! (Psalm 1)  This speaks adamantly of our deception as we think we are doing good while all the while serving our sinful selves and doing the work of the enemy instead. (Jonathan Edwards, The Religious Affections, paraphrase mine)  A quick look through the news of today will find our society crumbling by every measure—certainly a far cry from the observations of Tocqueville.

I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors and her ample rivers … ; in her fertile fields and boundless forests … ; in her rich mines and vast world commerce … ; in her public school system and institutions of learning.  I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution.

Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.  America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. (Tocqueville, Charles Alexis Henri Maurice Clèrel de)

Sensual gratifications and illicit affections have debased our nobler powers, and indisposed our hearts to the discovery of God, and to the consideration of his perfections; to a constant willing submission to his authority, and obedience to his laws. (William Wilberforce)

For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, (NASB)

For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: (KJV)

I love God's law with all my heart. (NLT)

For I delight in the law of God in my inner being. (NET)

Romans 7:22 
For I delight - The word used here Συνήδομαι  Sunēdomai, occurs no where else in the New Testament. It properly means to rejoice with anyone; and expresses not only approbation of the understanding, as the expression, “I consent unto the law,” in Romans 7:16, but more than that it denotes sensible pleasure in the heart.  It indicates not only intellectual assent, but emotion, an emotion of pleasure in the contemplation of the Law.  And this shows that the apostle is not speaking of an unrenewed man.  (Dr. Albert Barnes)

 Every Jew, and every unregenerate man, who receives the Old Testament as a revelation from God, must acknowledge the great purity, excellence and utility of its maxims, etc., though he will ever find that without the grace of our Lord Jesus he can never act according to those heavenly maxims; and without the mercy of God, can never be redeemed from the curse entailed upon him for his past transgressions. (Dr. Adam Clark)

The more pure and holy the heart is, it will have the more quick feeling as to the sin that remains in it. The believer sees more of the beauty of holiness and the excellence of the law. His earnest desires to obey, increase as he grows in grace. But the whole good on which his will is fully bent, he does not do; sin ever springing up in him, through remaining corruption, he often does evil, though against the fixed determination of his will. The motions of sin within grieved the apostle. (Matthew Henry)

Perhaps the New Living Translation most accurately captures this thought for the modern western mind.  I think in our busy world where every minute is spoken for as we go about the ritual of our daily lives the thought of deep and reverent contemplation are foreign to our custom and nature.  How often do we contemplate anything?  Thus since we do not in our day delight in the law of the lord nor meditate on it day and night we remain barren of the fruit in season! (Psalm 1)  This speaks adamantly of our deception as we think we are doing good while all the while serving our sinful selves and doing the work of the enemy instead. (Jonathan Edwards, The Religious Affections, paraphrase mine)  A quick look through the news of today will find our society crumbling by every measure—certainly a far cry from the observations of Tocqueville.

I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors and her ample rivers … ; in her fertile fields and boundless forests … ; in her rich mines and vast world commerce … ; in her public school system and institutions of learning.  I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution.

Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.  America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. (Tocqueville, Charles Alexis Henri Maurice Clèrel de)



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