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Galatians 3:11-21 (New American Standard)

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11 Now that 1no one is justified aby bthe Law before God is evident; for, "c2THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH." 12 dHowever, the Law is not eof faith; on the contrary, "3HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE fBY THEM." 13 Christ 4redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-for it is written, "5CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON 6A gTREE "- 14 in order that 7in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might hcome to the Gentiles, so that we 8would receive 9the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Intent of the Law

15 10Brethren, 11I speak iin terms of human relations: 12even though it is only a man's jcovenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds kconditions to it. 16 Now the promises were spoken 13to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, "And to seeds," as referring to many, but rather to one, "14And to your seed," that is, Christ. 17 What I am saying is this: the Law, which came 15four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. 18 For 16if the inheritance is lbased on law, it is no longer mbased on a promise; but 17God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise. 19 18Why the Law then? It was added nbecause of transgressions, having been 19ordained through angels 20by the oagency of a mediator, until 21the seed would come to whom the promise had been made. 20 Now 22a mediator is not pfor one party only; whereas God is only one. 21 Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? 23May it never be! For 24if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness qwould indeed have been rbased on law.
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