Galatians 5:1-15 (Lexham English Bible)

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Live in Freedom and Love One Another

1 For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. 2 Look! I, Paul, tell you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing! 3 And again I testify to every man who becomes circumcised, that he is under obligation to keep the whole law. 4 You are estranged from Christ, [you] who are attempting to be justifieda by the law; you have fallen from grace. 5 For through the Spirit by faith we eagerly await the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but faith working through love. 7 You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion [is] not from the one who calls you! 9 A little leaven leavens the whole batch of dough. 10 I have confidence in you in the Lord that you will think nothing different, but the one who is confusing you {will pay the penalty}b, whoever he may be. 11 Now, brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished. 12 I wish that the ones who are disturbing you would also {castrate themselves}c! 13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not let your freedom [become] an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."d 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out [that] you are not consumed by one another.
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