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
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;
5: to 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
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
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 Jesus Christ.
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 and blood,
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
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
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.
4: But 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 circumcised;
10: only they would have us remember the poor, which very thing I
was eager to do.
11: But when Cephas came to Antioch (Not Peter, but another by
said name, One of the seventy) I opposed him to his face, because he
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.
13: 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?
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
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 for me.
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
5: 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
7: So you see that it is men of faith who are the sons of
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 had faith.
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
15: To give a human example, brethren: no one annuls even a man's
will, or adds to it, once it has been ratified.
16: Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring.
It does not say, "And to offspring's," referring to many; but,
referring to one, "And to your offspring," which is Christ.
17: This 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 void.
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 intermediary.
20: Now an intermediary implies more than one; but God is one.
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.
24: So that the law was our custodian until Christ
came, that we
might be justified by faith.
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 faith.
27: For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on
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
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
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,
5: to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might
receive adoption as sons.
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.
8: Formerly, when you did not know God, you were in bondage to
beings that by nature are no gods;
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.
15: 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
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
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
31: So, brethren, we are not children of the slave but of the
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 from grace.
5: For through the Spirit, by faith, we wait for the hope of
6: For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is
of any avail, but faith working through love.
7: You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the
8: 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
12: I wish those who unsettle you would mutilate themselves!
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 the flesh.
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,
20: idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger,
selfishness, dissension, party spirit,
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,
23: gentleness, 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
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
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
9: And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we
shall reap, if we do not lose heart.
10: So 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
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.
13: 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.
14: 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
15: For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor
uncircumcision, but a new creation.
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,