13Christ1redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-for it is written, "2CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON 3A aTREE "-
in order that 4in ChristJesus the blessing of Abraham might bcome to the Gentiles, so that we 5would receive6the promise of the Spiritthroughfaith.
157Brethren, 8I speakcin terms of humanrelations : 9eventhough it is only a man'sdcovenant, yet when it has been ratified, noonesets it asideoraddseconditions to it.
16Now the promises were spoken10to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, "And to seeds," as referring to many, but rather to one, "11And to your seed," that is, Christ.
What I am saying is this : the Law, which came12fourhundred and thirtyyearslater, does not invalidate a covenantpreviouslyratified by God, so as to nullify the promise.
For 13if the inheritance is fbased on law, it is nolongergbased on a promise ; but 14God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.
1915Why the Lawthen ? It was addedhbecause of transgressions, having been 16ordainedthroughangels17by the iagency of a mediator, until18the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.
20Now19a mediator is not jfor one party only; whereasGod is only one.
Is the Lawthencontrary to the promises of God ? 20May it never be! For 21if a law had been given which was able to impartlife, then righteousnesskwould indeed have beenlbased on law.
But the Scripture has 22shut up meveryoneundersin, so that the promise by faith in JesusChrist might be given to those who believe.
But beforefaithcame, we were kept in custodyunder the law, 23being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.