Galatians 3

By Faith, or by Works of the Law?

1O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? a  It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly b  portrayed as crucified. 2Let me ask you only this: c  Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by d  hearing with faith? 3Are you so foolish? e  Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by
Or  now ending with
the flesh?
4 g  Did you suffer
Or experience
so many things in vainif indeed it was in vain?
5Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and i  works miracles among you do so j  by works of the law, or by hearing with faith 6just as k  Abrahambelieved God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

7Know then that it is l  those of faith who are m  the sons of Abraham. 8And the Scripture, foreseeing that n  God would justify
Or count righteous; also verses 11, 24
the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying p  In you shall all the nations be blessed.”
9So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

10For all who rely on works of the law are q  under a curse; for it is written r  Cursed be everyone who does not s  abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11Now it is evident that t  no one is justified before God by the law, for u  “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Or The one who by faith is righteous will live
12But the law is not of faith, rather w  “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13Christ x  redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for usfor it is written y  Cursed is everyone who is hanged z  on a tree”— 14so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might aa  come to the Gentiles, so that ab  we might receive ac  the promised Spirit
Greek  receive the promise of the Spirit
through faith.

The Law and the Promise

15 ae  To give a human example, brothers:
Or  brothers and sisters
ag  even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified.
16Now ah  the promises were made ai  to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one aj  And to your offspring,” who is Christ. 17This is what I mean: the law, which came ak  430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as al  to make the promise void. 18For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but am  God gave it to Abraham by a promise.

19Why then the law? an  It was added because of transgressions ao  until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was ap  put in place through angels aq  by an intermediary. 20Now ar  an intermediary implies more than one, but as  God is one.

21Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For at  if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. 22But the Scripture au  imprisoned everything under sin, so that av  the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given aw  to those who believe.

23Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law ax  imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24So then, ay  the law was our az  guardian until Christ came, ba  in order that we might be justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26for in Christ Jesus bb  you are all sons of God, through faith. 27For as many of you as bc  were baptized bd  into Christ have be  put on Christ. 28 bf  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave
Greek bondservant
nor free bh  there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29And bi  if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring bj  heirs according to promise.

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