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1O foolish Galatians! Who bewitched you* [so as] not to be
obeying the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed among
you* [as] having been crucified? 2This only I want to learn from
you*: did you* receive the Spirit by works of [the] Law or by hearing with
faith? 3Are you* so foolish? Having begun in [or, by] [the] Spirit,
are you* now being completed [or, perfected] in [or, by] [the] flesh? 4Did
you* endure so many things for nothing--if indeed [it was] really for nothing? 5Therefore,
the One supplying the Spirit to you* and supernaturally working miraculous
powers [or, miracles] among you*, [is He doing so] by works of [the] Law or by
hearing with faith?
6Just as “Abraham believed [or, trusted]
God and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” [Gen 15:6] 7Consequently,
be knowing that the [ones justified] by faith, these are sons [and daughters] of
Abraham. 8Now the Scripture having foreseen that God justifies [or,
declares righteous] the nations by faith, proclaimed the Gospel beforehand to
Abraham, [saying], “All the nations will be blessed in you.” [Gen
12:3] 9Therefore, the [ones justified] by faith are blessed with the
faithful [or, believing] Abraham.
as many as are [trying to be justified] by works of [the] Law are under a curse, for it has been written, “Under
a curse [fig., Condemned by God] [is] every[one] not remaining in
[fig., carefully obeying] all the [things] having been written in the
Scroll of the Law to do them.” [Deut 27:26] 11Now that no one
is justified [or, declared righteous] before God by [the] Law is evident,
because “The [person] righteous by faith will live [or, “The
righteous [person] will live by faith].” [Hab 2:4] 12But the Law
is not by faith, but “The person having done them [i.e., all the
commandments of the Law] will live by them.” [Lev 18:5] 13Christ
redeemed us [or, set us free] from the curse of the Law, having become a curse
on our behalf--for it has been written, “Under a curse [fig., Condemned
by God] [is] every[one] hanging upon a tree”-- [Deut 21:23] 14so
that the blessing of Abraham shall come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, so that
we shall receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
[and sisters], I speak according to human [standards]; likewise, a covenant
having been put into effect [by] a person, no one regards [it] as nothing [or,
makes [it] void] or adds to [it]. 16But the promises were spoken to
Abraham and to his Seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as by many, but
as by One, “And to your Seed,” which is Christ. [Gen 12:7; 13:15] 17Now
this I say: the Law having come four hundred and thirty years later does not
nullify a covenant previously confirmed by God to Christ, so as to make the
promise of no effect [or, to cancel the promise]. 18For if the
inheritance [comes] by [the] Law, [it is] no longer by promise, but God has
graciously given [it] to Abraham by means of promise.
then the Law? It was added on account of transgressions, until the Seed should
come to whom it had been promised, having been set in order [or, ordained] by
means of angels by [the] hand of a mediator [i.e., Moses]. 20But the
mediator is not for one [i.e., for only one party], but God is one [i.e., God is
the only active party in the promise; or, the one and same God that gave the Law
made the promise]. 21Therefore, [is] the Law against the promises of
God? Absolutely not! For if a law [had been] given which was able to make alive,
[then] righteousness would indeed be by law. 22But the
Scripture confined all under sin, so that the promise shall be given by faith in
Jesus Christ to the ones believing.
23But before faith came, we were being guarded [or, being kept in protective custody] under [the] Law, having been confined to the faith about to be revealed. 24Therefore, the Law has became our tutor [to lead us] to Christ, so that by faith we shall be justified [or, declared righteous]. 25But since faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26For you* are all sons [and daughters] of God by means of faith in Christ Jesus. 27For as many as were baptized [or, immersed] into Christ put on [or, clothed themselves with] Christ. 28There is not Jew nor Greek, there is not slave nor free, there is not male and female, for you* are all one in Christ Jesus. [cp. Col 3:11] 29Now since you* [are] of Christ, consequently, you* are seed [fig., descendents] of Abraham and heirs according to promise.
Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of
the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright © 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).
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