Romans 7:7

New Testament

5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful desires, aroused by the law, were active in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. 6 But now we have been released from the law, because we have died to what controlled us, so that we may serve in the new life of the Spirit and not under the old written code. 7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! Certainly, I would not have known sin except through the law. For indeed I would not have known what it means to desire something belonging to someone else if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” 8 But sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of wrong desires. For apart from the law, sin is dead. 9 And I was once alive apart from the law, but with the coming of the commandment, sin became alive 10 and I died. So I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life brought death! 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it I died.

Jerusalem Yoma 6.4

Jerusalem Talmud

“At each hut one tells him, here is food, here is water.” In order to strengthen him. Why? For the evil inclination desires only what is forbidden to him. As the following: Rebbi Mana went to visit Rebbi Haggai who was weak On the Day of Atonement. He told him, I am thirsty; he answered him, drink. R. Haggai was very old at this moment, having been a student of R. Zeˋira, the teacher of R. Jeremiah, the teacher of R. Jonah, father and teacher of R. Mana. He left him and went away. After an hour he visited him and asked him, how is your thirst? He told him, the moment you permitted me it went away. Rebbi Ḥiyya bar Abba told the following case: A man was walking in public On the Day of Atonement. with his daughter. His daughter said to him, my father, I am thirsty. He said to her, wait a little bit. She said to him, my father, I am thirsty. He said to her, wait a little bit, and she died. When Rebbi Aḥa finished the musaf prayer88On the Day of Atonement. he said before them His congregants., our brothers, he who has small children should leave because of them91To feed them and give them to drink. Since little children are not required to fast, permitting them to drink would not quell their thirst; they actually have to be given to drink.

 Notes and References

"... Sifre Deuteronomy, He'azinu 306, Exodos Rabbah, Ta'anit 7a, Numbers Rabbah, Sukkah 52b, Kiddushin 30b, P. Yoma 6.4, 34d ... Paul affirms that although the purpose of the Torah is to give life (compare Leviticus 18:5, Deuteronomy 28:15-20, Provers 3:18, Ezekiel 20:11), the desire of the evil inclination is only for what is forbidden, and the punishment attendant on transgression means that its injunction can also bear fruit for death instead of the inheritance of eternal life ... Since God 'condescends' to human limitations in the commandments of the Torah, the Torah cannot make man live, despite (or even because of) the fact that it is 'holy and righteous and good' ..."

Shulam, Joseph, and Le Cornu, Hilary A Commentary on the Jewish Roots of Romans (pp. 246-247) Messianic Jewish Publishers, 1998

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