For I know that what is good does not live within me, that is, within my flesh. For the willingness to do good lies close to me, but the carrying out of that good, I cannot reach.
For I do not do the good that I want to do. But instead, I do the evil that I do not want to do.
Now if I do what I am not willing to do, it is no longer I who am doing it, but the sin which lives within me.
And so, I discover the law, by wanting to do good within myself, though evil lies close beside me.
For I am delighted with the law of God, according to the inner man.
But I perceive another law within my body, fighting against the law of my mind, and captivating me with the law of sin which is in my body.
Unhappy man that I am, who will free me from this body of death?
The grace of God, by Jesus Christ our Lord!
And he also said to the crowds: “When you see a cloud rising from the setting of the sun, immediately you say, ‘A rain cloud is coming.’ And so it does.
And when a south wind is blowing, you say, ‘It will be hot.’ And so it is.
You hypocrites! You discern the face of the heavens, and of the earth, yet how is it that you do not discern this time?
And why do you not, even among yourselves, judge what is just?
So, when you are going with your adversary to the ruler, while you are on the way, make an effort to be freed from him, lest perhaps he may lead you to the judge, and the judge may deliver you to the officer, and the officer may cast you into prison.
I tell you, you will not depart from there, until you have paid the very last coin.”