Galatians 3:10-20 NIV

10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”a

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    • l 3:10 - Deut. 27:26
      11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”b

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      12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.”c

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      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 hung on a pole.”d

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      14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

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      The Law and the Promise

      15 Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case.

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      16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,”e meaning one person, who is Christ.

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      17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise.

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      18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.

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      19 Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator.

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      20 A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.

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      Study tools for Galatians 3:10-20

      • a 3:3 - In contexts like this, the Greek word for "flesh" ("sarx" ) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.
      • b 3:4 - Or "suffered"
      • c 3:6 - Gen. 15:6
      • d 3:8 - Gen. 12:3; 18:18; 22:18
      • e 3:10 - Deut. 27:26
      • f 3:11 - Hab. 2:4
      • g 3:12 - Lev. 18:5
      • h 3:13 - Deut. 21:23
      • i 3:16 - Gen. 12:7; 13:15; 24:7
      • j 3:23 - Or "through the faithfulness of Jesus …. " 23"Before faith came"