11Now that 1noone is justifiedaby bthe LawbeforeGod is evident; for, "c2THE RIGHTEOUSMAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."
12dHowever, the Law is not eof faith; on the contrary, "3HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVEfBY THEM."
13Christ4redeemed 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 "-
in order that 7in ChristJesus the blessing of Abraham might hcome to the Gentiles, so that we 8would receive9the promise of the Spiritthroughfaith.
1510Brethren, 11I speakiin terms of humanrelations: 12eventhough it is only a man'sjcovenant, yet when it has been ratified, noonesets it asideoraddskconditions to it.
16Now the promises were spoken13to 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.
What I am saying is this: the Law, which came15fourhundred and thirtyyearslater, does not invalidate a covenantpreviouslyratified by God, so as to nullify the promise.
For 16if the inheritance is lbased on law, it is nolongermbased on a promise; but 17God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.
1918Why the Lawthen? It was addednbecause of transgressions, having been 19ordainedthroughangels20by the oagency of a mediator, until21the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.
20Now22a mediator is not pfor one party only; whereasGod is only one.
Is the Lawthencontrary to the promises of God? 23May it never be! For 24if a law had been given which was able to impartlife, then righteousnessqwould indeed have beenrbased on law.