NASB — Galatians 3 — KJV

Faith Brings Righteousness

1 IYou foolish aGalatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ bwas publicly portrayed [as] crucified? 2 This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of Ithe Law, or by IIahearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun Iby the Spirit, are you now IIbeing perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you Isuffer so many things in vainaif indeed it was in vain? 5 So then, does He who aprovides you with the Spirit and bworks Imiracles among you, do it by the works of IIthe Law, or by IIIchearing with faith?

[1] ILit O aGa 1:2 b1Co 1:23; Ga 5:11
[2] IOr law IILit the hearing of faith aRo 10:17
[3] IOr with IIOr ending with
[4] IOr experience a1Co 15:2
[5] IOr works of power IIOr law IIILit the hearing of faith a2Co 9:10; Php 1:19 b1Co 12:10 cRo 10:17

6IEven so aAbraham bBELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. 7 Therefore, Ibe sure that ait is those who are of faith who are bsons of Abraham. 8 The Scripture, foreseeing that God Iwould justify the IIGentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, [saying], “aALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.” 9 So then athose who are of faith are blessed with IAbraham, the believer.

[6] ILit Just as aRo 4:3 bGn 15:6
[7] ILit know aRo 4:16; Ga 3:9 bLk 19:9; Ga 6:16
[8] ILit justifies IILit nations aGn 12:3
[9] ILit the believing Abraham aGa 3:7

10 ¶ For as many as are of the works of Ithe Law are under a curse; for it is written, “aCURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.” 11 Now that ano one is justified Iby IIthe Law before God is evident; for, “IIIbTHE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” 12 IHowever, the Law is not IIof faith; on the contrary, “aHE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE IIIBY THEM.” 13 Christ aredeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “bCURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON cA ITREE”— 14 in order that ain Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might Icome to the Gentiles, so that we bwould receive cthe promise of the Spirit through faith.

[10] IOr law aDt 27:26
[11] IOr in IIOr law IIIOr But he who is righteous by faith shall live aGa 2:16 bHab 2:4; Ro 1:17; He 10:38
[12] IOr And IIOr based on IIIOr in aLv 18:5; Ro 10:5
[13] IOr cross; lit wood aGa 4:5 bDt 21:23 cAc 5:30
[14] IOr occur aRo 4:9, 16; Ga 3:28 bGa 3:2 cAc 2:33; Ep 1:13

Intent of the Law

15aBrethren, bI speak Iin terms of human relations: ceven though it is [only] a man’s IIcovenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds IIIconditions to it. 16 Now the promises were spoken ato Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as [referring] to many, but [rather] to one, “bAnd to your seed,” that is, Christ. 17 What I am saying is this: the Law, which came afour hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. 18 For aif the inheritance is Ibased on law, it is no longer Ibased on a promise; but bGod has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.

[15] ILit according to man IIOr will or testament IIIOr a codicil aAc 1:15; Ro 1:13; Ga 6:18 bRo 3:5 cHe 6:16
[16] aLk 1:55; Ro 4:13, 16; 9:4 bAc 3:25
[17] aGn 15:13f; Ex 12:40; Ac 7:6
[18] ILit out of, from aRo 4:14 bHe 6:14

19aWhy the Law then? It was added Ibecause of transgressions, having been bordained through angels cby the IIagency of a mediator, until dthe seed would come to whom the promise had been made. 20 Now aa mediator is not Ifor one [party only]; whereas God is [only] one. 21 Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? aMay it never be! For bif a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness Iwould indeed have been IIbased on law. 22 But the Scripture has ashut up Ieveryone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

[19] IOr for the sake of defining IILit hand aRo 5:20 bAc 7:53 cEx 20:19; Dt 5:5 dGa 3:16
[20] ILit of one a1Ti 2:5; He 8:6; 9:15; 12:24
[21] IOr would indeed be IILit out of, from aLk 20:16; Ga 2:17 bGa 2:21
[22] ILit things aRo 11:32

23 ¶ But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, abeing shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. 24 Therefore the Law has become our atutor [to lead us] to Christ, so that bwe may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a Iatutor. 26 For you are all asons of God through faith in bChrist Jesus. 27 For all of you who were abaptized into Christ have bclothed yourselves with Christ. 28 aThere is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is Ineither male nor female; for byou are all one in cChrist Jesus. 29 And if ayou Ibelong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s IIdescendants, heirs according to bpromise.

[23] aRo 11:32
[24] a1Co 4:15 bGa 2:16
[25] ILit child-conductor a1Co 4:15
[26] aRo 8:14; Ga 4:5 bRo 8:1; Ga 3:28; 4:14; 5:6, 24; Ep 1:1; Php 1:1; Col 1:4; 1Ti 1:12; 2Ti 1:1; Tit 1:4
[27] aMt 28:19; Ro 6:3; 1Co 10:2 bRo 13:14
[28] ILit not male and female aRo 3:22; 1Co 12:13; Col 3:11 bJn 17:11; Ep 2:15 cRo 8:1; Ga 3:26; 4:14; 5:6, 24; Ep 1:1; Php 1:1; Col 1:4; 1Ti 1:12; 2Ti 1:1; Tit 1:4
[29] ILit are Christ’s IILit seed aRo 4:13; 1Co 3:23 bRo 9:8; Ga 3:18; 4:28


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He asketh what moved them to leave the faith, and hang upon the Law?

1 ¶ O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if [it be] yet in vain. 5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, [doeth he it] by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

[1] Dt 32:6; 1S 13:13; Mt 7:26; 24:24; Lk 24:25; Ac 6:7; 8:9; Ro 2:8; 6:17; 10:16; 1Co 1:23; 2:2; 11:26; 2Co 10:5; 11:3, 13; Ga 1:6; 2:14; 3:3; 4:9; 5:7; Ep 3:8; 4:14; 5:15; 2Th 1:8; 2:9; 1Ti 6:4; He 5:9; 11:8; 1P 1:22; 4:17; 2P 2:18; Rv 2:20; 13:13; 18:3.
[2] Ac 2:38; 8:15; 10:44; 11:15; 15:8; 19:2; Ro 1:17; 10:16; 1Co 12:7; 2Co 11:4; Ga 3:5, 14; Ep 1:13; He 2:4; 6:4; 1P 1:12.
[3] Ga 4:7; 5:4; 6:12; He 7:16; 9:2, 9.
[4] Ezk 18:24; He 6:4; 10:32; 2P 2:20; 2Jn 1:8.
[5] Ac 14:3, 9; 19:11; Ro 15:19; 1Co 1:4; 2Co 3:8; 10:4; 12:12; 13:3; Ga 3:2.

They that believe are justified,

6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, [saying], In thee shall all nations be blessed.

[6] Gn 15:6; Ro 4:3, 6, 9, 11, 21, 22, 24; 9:32; 2Co 5:19; Ga 3:9; Jm 2:23.
[7] Ps 100:3; Lk 21:31; Jn 8:39; Ro 4:11, 24; 9:7; Ga 3:26; He 13:23.
[8] Gn 12:3; 18:18; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14; 49:10; Ps 72:7; Is 6:13; 65:9; Jn 7:38, 42; 19:37; Ac 2:25, 35; 15:15; Ro 3:28; 9:17, 30; Ga 3:16, 22; 4:30; 2Ti 3:15; He 4:2; Rv 11:15.

and blessed with Abraham.

9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

[9] Ro 4:11, 16, 24; Ga 3:7, 14, 29; 4:28.

And this he sheweth by many reasons.

10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, [it is] evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though [it be] but a man's covenant, yet [if it be] confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. 16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 17 And this I say, [that] the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 18 For if the inheritance [be] of the law, [it is] no more of promise: but God gave [it] to Abraham by promise. 19 Wherefore then [serveth] the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; [and it was] ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator is not [a mediator] of one, but God is one. 21 [Is] the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye [be] Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

[10] Dt 11:26; 27:26; 29:20; Is 43:28; Jr 11:3; Ezk 18:4; Mt 25:41; Lk 18:9; Ro 3:19; 4:15; 6:23; 7:9; 8:7; Ga 2:16; 3:11; Jm 2:9.
[11] 1K 8:46; Jb 9:3; 40:4; 42:6; Ps 19:12; 130:3; 143:2; Ec 7:20; Is 6:5; 53:6; 64:6; Hab 2:4; Ro 1:17; Ga 2:16; He 10:38; Jm 3:2; 1Jn 1:8; Rv 5:9; 7:14.
[12] Lv 18:5; Ne 9:29; Ezk 20:11, 13; Mt 19:17; Lk 10:25; Ro 4:4, 14, 16; 9:30; 10:5; 11:6.
[13] Dt 21:23; Jsh 10:26; 2S 17:23; 18:10, 14; 21:3, 9; 2K 22:19; Es 7:10; 9:14; Is 55:5, 10; Jr 44:22; 49:13; Dn 9:24, 26; Zc 13:7; Mt 26:28; 27:5; Ro 3:24; 4:25; 8:3; 9:3; 2Co 5:21; Ga 3:10; 4:5; Ep 5:2; Tit 2:14; He 7:26; 9:12, 15, 26, 28; 10:4; 1P 1:18; 2:24; 3:18; 1Jn 2:1; 4:10; Rv 1:5; 5:9; 13:8.
[14] Gn 12:2; 22:18; Is 32:15; 41:8; 44:3; 49:6; 51:2; 52:10; 59:19; Jr 31:33; 32:40; Ezk 11:19; 36:26; 39:29; Jol 2:28; Zc 12:10; Lk 2:10; 11:13; 24:49; Jn 7:39; Ac 1:4; 2:33, 38, 39; 3:25; 4:12; 5:32; 10:45; 11:15; Ro 4:3; 8:9, 26, 27; 10:9; 1Co 12:13; 2Co 1:22; Ga 3:2, 5, 6, 16, 29; 4:6; Ep 1:13; 2:18, 22; 3:16; 4:30; 1Ti 2:4; 1P 1:22; Jde 1:19.
[15] Ro 6:19; 1Co 15:32; He 9:17.
[16] Gn 12:3, 7; 13:15; 15:5; 17:7; 21:12; 22:17; 26:3; 28:13, 14; 49:10; Ro 12:5; 1Co 12:12, 27; Ga 3:8, 27; Ep 4:15; 5:29, 32; Col 2:19; 3:11.
[17] Gn 15:13, 18; 17:7, 19; Ex 12:40; Nu 23:19; 30:8; Jb 40:8; Ps 33:10; Is 14:27; 28:18; Lk 1:68; Jn 1:17; 8:56; Ac 7:6; Ro 3:3, 25; 4:13; 1Co 1:12, 17; 7:29; 10:19; 2Co 1:20; 9:6; Ga 3:15, 21; 5:4, 16; Ep 4:17; Col 2:4; He 6:13; 7:18; 11:13, 17, 39; 1P 1:11, 20.
[18] Ps 105:6, 42; Mi 7:18; Lk 1:54, 72; Ro 4:13; 8:17; Ga 2:21; 3:10, 12, 16, 26, 29; He 6:12.
[19] Ex 20:19; 24:1; 34:27; Lv 15:32; Dt 4:8; 5:5, 22; 9:13, 25; 18:15; 33:2; Ps 106:23; 147:19; Lk 16:31; Jn 1:17; 5:45; 15:22; Ac 7:38, 53; Ro 2:13; 3:1, 19; 4:15; 5:20; 7:7; Ga 3:16, 21, 25; 4:1; 1Ti 1:8; He 2:2, 5.
[20] Gn 15:18; 17:1; Dt 6:4; Jb 9:33; Ac 12:20; Ro 3:29; Ga 3:17; 1Ti 2:5.
[21] Mt 5:17; Ro 3:4, 6, 20, 21, 31; 7:7; 9:31; 10:3; Ga 2:17, 19, 21; Php 3:6; He 11:7.
[22] Ps 143:2; Mk 16:16; Jn 3:15, 36; 5:24; 6:40; 11:25; 12:46; 20:31; Ac 16:31; Ro 3:9, 23; 4:11; 5:12, 20; 10:9; 11:32; Ga 3:8, 14, 17, 23, 29; 2Ti 1:1; He 6:13; 9:15; 2P 1:4; 3:13; 1Jn 2:25; 3:23; 5:11, 13.
[23] Lk 10:23; Ro 3:19; 6:14; 1Co 9:20; Ga 3:19, 24; 4:1, 4, 21; 5:18; He 11:13, 39; 12:2; 1P 1:11.
[24] Mt 5:17; Ac 13:38, 39; Ro 3:20; 7:7, 24; 10:4; Ga 2:16, 19; 3:25; 4:2; Col 2:17; He 7:18; 9:8; 10:1.
[25] Ro 6:14; 7:4; Ga 3:23; 4:1; He 7:11; 8:3; 10:15.
[26] Jn 1:12; 20:17; Ro 8:14; 2Co 6:18; Ga 4:5; Ep 1:5; 5:1; Php 2:15; He 2:10; 1Jn 3:1; Rv 21:7.
[27] Jb 29:14; Is 61:10; Mt 28:19; Mk 16:15; Lk 15:22; Ac 2:38; 8:36; 9:18; 16:15, 31; Ro 3:22; 6:3; 13:14; 1Co 12:13; Ep 4:24; Col 2:10; 3:10; 1P 3:21.
[28] Jn 10:16; 11:52; 17:20; Ro 1:16; 2:9; 3:29; 4:11; 9:24; 10:12; 1Co 7:14, 19; 12:12, 13; Ga 5:6; Ep 2:13; 3:5; 4:4, 15; Col 3:11.
[29] Gn 21:10; Ro 4:12, 13, 16; 8:17; 9:7; 1Co 3:22, 23; 15:23; 2Co 10:7; Ga 3:7, 16, 28; 4:7, 22, 28; 5:24; Ep 3:6; Tit 3:7; He 1:14; 6:17; 11:7, 18; Jm 2:5; Rv 21:7.


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