1: Paul an apostle -- not from men nor through man,
but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead --
2: and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:
3: Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus
4: who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the
present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father;
whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
6: I am astonished that
you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and
turning to a different gospel --
7: not that there is another gospel,
but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
8: But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a
gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed.
9: As we have said before, so now I say again, If any one is
preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be
10: Am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I
trying to please men? If I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of
11: For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel
which was preached by me is not man's gospel.
12: For I did not
receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of
13: For you have heard of my former life in Judaism,
how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it;
14: and I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my
people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers.
15: But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and had
called me through his grace,
16: was pleased to reveal his Son to me,
in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with flesh
17: nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were
apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned to
18: Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit
Cephas, and remained with him fifteen days.
19: But I saw none of the
other apostles except James the Lord's brother.
20: (In what I am
writing to you, before God, I do not lie!)
21: Then I went into the
regions of Syria and Cili'cia.
22: And I was still not known by sight
to the churches of Christ in Judea;
23: they only heard it said, "He
who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy."
24: And they glorified God because of me.
1: Then after fourteen years I went up again to
Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me.
2: I went up by
revelation; and I laid before them (but privately before those who were of
repute) the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, lest somehow I should be
running or had run in vain.
3: But even Titus, who was with me, was
not compelled to be circumcised, though he was a Greek.
because of false brethren secretly brought in, who slipped in to spy out our
freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage --
5: to them we did not yield submission even for a moment, that the
truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.
6: And from those who
were reputed to be something (what they were makes no difference to me; God
shows no partiality) -- those, I say, who were of repute added nothing to me;
7: but on the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with
the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the
gospel to the circumcised
8: (for he who worked through Peter for the
mission to the circumcised worked through me also for the Gentiles),
9: and when they perceived the grace that was given to me, James and
Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the
right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the
10: only they would have us remember the poor, which
very thing I was eager to do.
11: But when Cephas came to Antioch I
opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.
12: For before
certain men came from James, he ate with the Gentiles; but when they came he
drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party.
And with him the rest of the Jews acted insincerely, so that even Barnabas was
carried away by their insincerity.
14: But when I saw that they were
not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them
all, "If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you
compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?"
15: We ourselves, who are
Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners,
16: yet who know that a man is
not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we
have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and
not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified.
17: But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves
were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not!
18: But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I
prove myself a transgressor.
19: For I through the law died to the
law, that I might live to God.
20: I have been crucified with Christ;
it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live
in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself
21: I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification
were through the law, then Christ died to no purpose.
1: O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you,
before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?
2: Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of
the law, or by hearing with faith?
3: Are you so foolish? Having
begun with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh?
4: Did you
experience so many things in vain? -- if it really is in vain.
Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by
works of the law, or by hearing with faith?
6: Thus Abraham "believed
God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness."
7: So you see that
it is men of faith who are the sons of Abraham.
8: And the scripture,
foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel
beforehand to Abraham, saying, "In you shall all the nations be blessed."
9: So then, those who are men of faith are blessed with Abraham who
10: For all who rely on works of the law are under a
curse; for it is written, "Cursed be every one who does not abide by all things
written in the book of the law, and do them."
11: Now it is evident
that no man is justified before God by the law; for "He who through faith is
righteous shall live";
12: but the law does not rest on faith, for
"He who does them shall live by them."
13: Christ redeemed us from
the curse of the law, having become a curse for us -- for it is written, "Cursed
be every one who hangs on a tree" --
14: that in Christ Jesus the
blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, that we might receive the
promise of the Spirit through faith.
15: To give a human example,
brethren: no one annuls even a man's will, or adds to it, once it has been
16: Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his
offspring. It does not say, "And to offsprings," referring to many; but,
referring to one, "And to your offspring," which is Christ.
is what I mean: the law, which came four hundred and thirty years afterward,
does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise
18: For if the inheritance is by the law, it is no longer by
promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise.
19: Why then the
law? It was added because of transgressions, till the offspring should come to
whom the promise had been made; and it was ordained by angels through an
20: Now an intermediary implies more than one; but God
21: Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly
not; for if a law had been given which could make alive, then righteousness
would indeed be by the law.
22: But the scripture consigned all
things to sin, that what was promised to faith in Jesus Christ might be given to
those who believe.
23: Now before faith came, we were confined under
the law, kept under restraint until faith should be revealed.
that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by
25: But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a
26: for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through
27: For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put
28: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave
nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29: And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs
according to promise.
1: I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child,
is no better than a slave, though he is the owner of all the estate;
2: but he is under guardians and trustees until the date set by the
3: So with us; when we were children, we were slaves to the
elemental spirits of the universe.
4: But when the time had fully
come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,
to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as
6: And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son
into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!"
7: So through God you are no
longer a slave but a son, and if a son then an heir.
when you did not know God, you were in bondage to beings that by nature are no
9: but now that you have come to know God, or rather to be
known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly elemental
spirits, whose slaves you want to be once more?
10: You observe days,
and months, and seasons, and years!
11: I am afraid I have labored
over you in vain.
12: Brethren, I beseech you, become as I am, for I
also have become as you are. You did me no wrong;
13: you know it was
because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first;
14: and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or
despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.
What has become of the satisfaction you felt? For I bear you witness that, if
possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me.
16: Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?
17: They make much of you, but for no good purpose; they want to shut
you out, that you may make much of them.
18: For a good purpose it is
always good to be made much of, and not only when I am present with you.
19: My little children, with whom I am again in travail until Christ
be formed in you!
20: I could wish to be present with you now and to
change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
21: Tell me, you who
desire to be under law, do you not hear the law?
22: For it is
written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman.
23: But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the son
of the free woman through promise.
24: Now this is an allegory: these
women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery;
she is Hagar.
25: Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds
to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.
26: But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.
27: For it is written, "Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear;
break forth and shout, you who are not in travail; for the children of the
desolate one are many more than the children of her that is married."
28: Now we, brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise.
29: But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh
persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now.
30: But what does the scripture say? "Cast out the slave and her son;
for the son of the slave shall not inherit with the son of the free woman."
31: So, brethren, we are not children of the slave but of the free
1: For freedom Christ has set us free; stand fast
therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
2: Now I,
Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no
advantage to you.
3: I testify again to every man who receives
circumcision that he is bound to keep the whole law.
4: You are
severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away
5: For through the Spirit, by faith, we wait for the hope
6: For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor
uncircumcision is of any avail, but faith working through love.
You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?
This persuasion is not from him who calls you.
9: A little leaven
leavens the whole lump.
10: I have confidence in the Lord that you
will take no other view than mine; and he who is troubling you will bear his
judgment, whoever he is.
11: But if I, brethren, still preach
circumcision, why am I still persecuted? In that case the stumbling block of the
cross has been removed.
12: I wish those who unsettle you would
13: For you were called to freedom, brethren;
only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love
be servants of one another.
14: For the whole law is fulfilled in one
word, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
15: But if you bite
and devour one another take heed that you are not consumed by one another.
16: But I say, walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of
17: For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit,
and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh; for these are opposed to
each other, to prevent you from doing what you would.
18: But if you
are led by the Spirit you are not under the law.
19: Now the works of
the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness,
idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension,
21: envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn
you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the
kingdom of God.
22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
self-control; against such there is no law.
24: And those who belong
to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25: If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
26: Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy
of one another.
1: Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass,
you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to
yourself, lest you too be tempted.
2: Bear one another's burdens, and
so fulfil the law of Christ.
3: For if any one thinks he is
something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
4: But let each
one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and
not in his neighbor.
5: For each man will have to bear his own load.
6: Let him who is taught the word share all good things with him who
7: Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man
sows, that he will also reap.
8: For he who sows to his own flesh
will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the
Spirit reap eternal life.
9: And let us not grow weary in well-doing,
for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.
then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those
who are of the household of faith.
11: See with what large letters I
am writing to you with my own hand.
12: It is those who want to make
a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in
order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.
For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they
desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh.
But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by
which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new
16: Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon
the Israel of God.
17: Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear
on my body the marks of Jesus.
18: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.