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THE BOOK OF ALMA
THE SON OF ALMA
CHAPTER 42
  17 Now, how could a man repent except he should asin? How could he sin if there was no blaw? How could there be a law save there was a punishment?

Footnotes
17a
Rom. 7: 8 (1-25)
  8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the alaw sin was dead.
b
Rom. 4: 15.
  15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no alaw is, there is no btransgression.
Rom. 5: 13.
  13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but asin is not imputed when there is no blaw.
2 Ne. 9: 25.
  25 Wherefore, he has given a alaw; and where there is bno claw given there is no dpunishment; and where there is no punishment there is no condemnation; and where there is no condemnation the mercies of the Holy One of Israel have claim upon them, because of the atonement; for they are delivered by the power of him.