To The Galatians
Paul an apostle, not from men nor through man but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him out of the dead, 2 and all the brothers with me, to the churches of Galatia: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself on behalf of our sins, so as he might deliver us out of the present evil age according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be the glory unto the ages of the ages: Amen.
6 I wonder that thus quickly you are removing from the one who called you by the grace of Christ to another gospel, 7 which is not another; only there are some who trouble you and wish to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel out of heaven should preach a gospel to you beside what we preached to you, let him be a curse. 9 As we have previously said, also now I say again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel beside what you received, let him be a curse.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? If I still pleased men, I would not have been a slave of Christ. 11 For I make known to you, brothers, the gospel preached by me that it is not according to men; 12 for I did not receive it from nor was I taught by men, but through a revelation of Jesus Christ. 13 For you heard my past conduct in Judaism, that I excessively persecuted the church of God and wasted it, 14 and progressed in Judaism beyond many contemporaries in my race, abundantly being a zealot of my ancestral traditions. 15 But the one who separated me from my mother's womb and who called me through his grace was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me, in order that I might preach him among the nations, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, 17 neither did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. 18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas, and remained with him fifteen days; 19 but I did not see the other apostles, except James the Lord's brother. 20 Now these things I write to you, behold before God I do not lie. 21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and of Cilicia. 22 And I was unknown by face to the churches in Christ of Judea. 23 But they only heard that, “The one who persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once was destroying,” 24 and they glorified God in me.
Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, also taking Titus with me; 2 and I went up according to a revelation; and I put before them the gospel which I proclaim among the nations, but privately to those who seemed to be something lest I run, or ran, in vain. 3 But Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised; but on account of the false brothers brought in secretly, who stole in to spy on our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, in order that they might enslave us; 5 to who we do not yield for an hour in subjection, in order that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. 6 But from them who seemed to be something, (of what kind they were then matters nothing to me: the face of God does not receive a man), for those who seemed important added nothing to me, 7 but on the contrary, seeing that I have been entrusted with the gospel of the uncircumcision, as Peter that of the circumcision, 8 for the one who operates in Peter to an apostleship of the circumcision also operated in me to the nations, 9 and knowing the grace given to me, James and Cephas and John, they who seemed to be pillars, gave right hands of fellowship to me and to Barnabas, in order that we should go to the nations, but they to the circumcision; 10 only that we might remember the poor, which indeed I was eager to do this very thing. 11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him against his face, because he was guilty. 12 For before some came from James he ate with the nations; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those of the circumcision; 13 and also dissembled the remaining Jews along with him, so as even Barnabas was led away with their dissembling. 14 But when I saw that they did not walk straight with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of all, “If you who are a Jew lives as a Gentile and not as a Jew, how do you compel the nations to Judaize?” 15 We who are Jews by nature and not sinners of the nations 16 know that a man is not justified by works of law but through faith in Christ Jesus, in order that we night be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of law, because no flesh will be justified by works of law. 17 But if seeking to be justified in Christ we were found to be sinners, then is Christ a minister of sin? May it not be! 18 For if what things I destroyed I build these things again, I constitute myself a transgressor. 19 For through law I died to law in order that I might live to God. I have been co-crucified with Christ; and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me; and what I now live in flesh, I live by faith of the Son of God who loved me and who gave himself up on my behalf. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness is through law, then Christ died without cause.
O foolish Galatians, who bewitched you, to whom before your eyes Jesus Christ was portrayed as having been crucified? 2 I only wish to learn this from you, did you receive the Spirit by works of law or by hearing of faith? 3 Are you that foolish? Having begun in the Spirit are you now being perfected in the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain? 5 If indeed they were in vain. Has the one who has supplied the Spirit to you and worked powerful deeds among you done it therefore by works of law or by hearing of faith? 6 As Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him for righteousness. 7 Know then that they of faith, these are sons of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the nations by faith, preached good tidings in advance to Abraham that, “In you all the nations will be blessed.” 9 So then they of faith are blessed with Abraham who believed. 10 For as many as are of works of law are under a curse; for it is written, “Accursed is everyone who in all the things that have been written in the roll of the law does not continue to do them.” 11 Now it is clear that no man is justified before God by law, because the just man will live by faith; 12 and the law is not of faith, but the one who does them will live by them. 13 Christ redeemed us out of the curse of the law, because it has been written, “Accursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,” 14 in order that the blessing of Abraham might be to the nations in Jesus Christ, in order that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through the faith. 15 Brothers, I speak according to man. Nevertheless no one sets aside or makes additions to a covenant of man that has been ratified. 16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. It does not say, “And to the seeds,” as concerning many, but as concerning one, “And to your seed,” who is Christ. 17 And I say this: the law that came into being after four hundred thirty years does not annul the covenant that was previously ratified by God, so as to abolish the promise. 18 For if the inheritance is of law, it is no more of promise; but God has given it to Abraham through promise. 19 Why therefore the law? It was given because of the transgressions, until the seed should come to whom it had been promised, being ordained through angels, by the hand of a mediator. 20 Now the mediator is not of one party, but God is one. 21 Is the law therefore against the promises of God? May it not be. For if a law was given that was able to make alive, righteousness would really have been by law; 22 but the scripture shut up all mankind under sin in order that the promise might be given by faith in Jesus Christ to those who believe. 23 But before faith came we were guarded under law, being shut up to the faith that was about to be revealed. 24 So as the law had become our trainer until Christ, in order that we might be justified by faith; 25 but the faith having come, we are no longer under a trainer. 26 For you are all sons of God through the faith in Jesus Christ; 27 for as many of you were baptized into Christ, you put on Christ. 28 There cannot be Jew nor Greek, there cannot be slave nor freeman, there cannot be male and female; for you all are one in Christ Jesus. 29 But if you are of Christ, then you are a seed of Abraham, heirs according to promise.
But I say, over so long a time as the heir is an infant, he differs nothing from a slave, though he is lord of all, 2 but is under guardians and stewards until the term previously appointed of the father. 3 So also, when we were infants, we were enslaved under the elements of the world; 4 but when the fullness of time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under law, in order that he might redeem those under law, in order that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because you are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba Father.” 7 So as you are no longer a slave but a son; and if a son, also an heir through God.
8 But then indeed when you did not know God you served as slaves those who are by nature not gods, 9 but now that you know God, but rather are known by God, how do you turn again to the weak and poor elements, which again you wish to serve anew? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I fear for you lest I have labored in vain among you.
12 I beg of you, brothers, be as I am, because I am also as you are. You wronged me nothing; 13 and you know that on account of weakness of the flesh I formerly preached good tidings to you, 14 and during your trial in my flesh you did not despise nor did you disdain, but you received me as a messenger of God, even as Christ Jesus. 15 Where therefore is your felicitation? For I witness to you that if possible you would have gouged out your eyes and given them to me. 16 So now I have become your enemy by speaking truth to you? 17 They are zealous of you, not for good, but to exclude you, in order that you may be zealous of them. But it is always good to be zealous in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you, 19 my children, for whom I again travail in birth until Christ is formed in you; 20 and I wished to be present with you just now and to change my voice, because I am perplexed about you.
21 Tell me, those who wish to be under law, do you not hear the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one of the maidservant and one of the free woman. 23 But indeed the one of the maidservant has been born according to flesh, and the one of the free woman through the promise. 24 Which things are being allegorized; for these are two covenants, one indeed from Mount Sina, bringing forth to slavery, which is Hagar. 25 Now this Hagar is Mount Sina in Arabia; and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she serves as a slave with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem above is free, who is our mother; 27 for it has been written, “Be glad, barren one who does not bear, break forth and shout, you who do not travail; because many are the children of the desolate rather than the one who has the husband.” 28 But you, brothers, are children of promise like Isaac. 29 But even as the one born according to flesh then persecuted the one born according to spirit, so it is also now. 30 But what does the scripture say? Cast out the maidservant and her son; for the son of the maidservant shall by no means inherit with the son of the free woman. 31 Wherefore, brothers, we are not children of a maidservant but of the free woman.
Christ freed us for freedom; therefore stand firm and do not again be entangled with a yoke of slavery.
2 Behold, I Paul tell you that if you are circumcised Christ will profit you nothing. 3 And I testify to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to do all the law. 4 You who were justified by law were discharged from Christ, you fell from grace. 5 For in spirit we eagerly expect the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith operating through love. 7 You were running well; who hindered you that you are not persuaded by truth? 8 This persuasion is not of the one who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens all the lump. 10 I trust as to you in the Lord that you will not think otherwise; but the one who troubles you shall bear the judgment, whoever he may be. 11 But, brothers, if I still proclaim circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? Then the offense of the cross has been annulled. 12 Indeed I would that those who unsettle you might cut themselves off.
13 For you were called for freedom, brothers; only do not use the freedom for advantage to the flesh, but through love serve one another as slaves. 14 For the whole law has been summed up in one word, in this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out lest you are destroyed by one another. 16 Now I say, walk in spirit and you will by no means perform the lust of the flesh. 17 For flesh lusts against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh, for these oppose each other, lest whatever things you wish these you do. 18 But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, angers, rivalries, divisions, sects, 21 envyings, drunkennesses, revelings, and like things to these, which I tell you beforehand as I previously said, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those of Christ Jesus crucified the flesh with its passions and its lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become vainglorious, provoking one another, envying one another.
Brothers, if indeed a man is overtaken in some trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of meekness, considering yourselves, lest you are also tempted. 2 Bear the loads of one another, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each man prove his work, and then he will have the boast in himself alone and not in the other man; 5 for each man will bear his own burden. 6 And let the one who is instructed in the word share in all good things with the one who instructs. 7 Do not be led astray, God is not mocked. For whatever a man may sow, this also he will reap, 8 because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption of the flesh, but the one who sows to the spirit will reap eternal life of the spirit. 9 Then therefore as we have time, let us do the good to all men, and most of all to the members of the family of the faith.
11 You see in how large letters I wrote to you with my hand. 12 As many as wish to look well in the flesh, these compel you to be circumcised, only in order that they are not persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For those who are circumcised do not keep the law themselves, but they wish you to be circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But may it not be to me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. 15 For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything, but a new creation. 16 And as many as will walk by this rule, peace and mercy on them, and on the Israel of God.
17 Finally let no one cause me troubles; for I bear the brand of Jesus in my body.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers: Amen.