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Galatians 3 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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By Faith, or by Works of the Law?

(cf. Rom 4:1–25 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:1 - O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:2 - Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:3 - Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by[fn] the flesh?
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:4 - Did you suffer[fn] so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:5 - 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—
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:6 - just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:7 - Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:8 - And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify[fn] the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:9 - So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:10 - For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:11 - Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:12 - But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:13 - Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:14 - so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit[fn] through faith.

The Law and the Promise

(cf. Gen 12:1–3 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:15 - To give a human example, brothers:[fn] even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:16 - Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:17 - This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:18 - For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:19 - Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:20 - Now an intermediary implies more than one, but God is one.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:21 - Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:22 - But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:23 - Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:24 - So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:25 - But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:26 - for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:27 - For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:28 - There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave[fn] nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:29 - And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
ESV Footnotes
Or now ending with
Or experience
Or count righteous; also verses 11, 24
Or The one who by faith is righteous will live
Greek receive the promise of the Spirit
Or brothers and sisters
For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface

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