Christ Has Set Us Free1 For a freedom Christ has b set us free; c stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to d a yoke of e slavery. 2 Look: I, Paul, say to you that f if you accept circumcision g Christ will be of no advantage to you. 3 I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that h he is obligated to keep the whole law. 4 You are i severed from Christ, j you who would be justified ▼
▼ Or counted righteousby the law; l you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly m wait for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus n neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but o only faith working through love. 7 p You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying q the truth? 8 This persuasion is not from r him who calls you. 9 s A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10 t I have confidence in the Lord that you will u take no other view, and v the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. 11 But if I, brothers ▼
▼ Or brothers and sisters; also verse 13still preach ▼
▼ Greek proclaimcircumcision y why am I still being persecuted? In that case z the offense of the cross has been removed. 12 I wish aa those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves! 13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. ab Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love ac serve one another. 14 For ad the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ae “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you af bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
Keep in Step with the Spirit16 But I say ag walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify ah the desires of the flesh. 17 For ai 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 aj to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are ak led by the Spirit al you are not under the law. 19 Now am the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions an divisions, 21 envy ▼
▼ Some manuscripts add murderdrunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that ap those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But aq the fruit of the Spirit is ar love, joy, peace, patience as kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 at gentleness au self-control; av against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus aw have crucified the flesh with its ax passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit ay let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 az Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
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