Galatians 5 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 We have freedom now, because Christ made us free. So stand strong. Do not change and go back into the slavery of the law. 1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
2 Listen, I Paul tell you that if you go back to the law by being circumcised, Christ does you no good. 2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all.
3 Again, I warn every man: If you allow yourselves to be circumcised, you must follow all the law. 3 Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.
4 If you try to be made right with God through the law, your life with Christ is over -- you have left God's grace. 4 You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.
5 But we have the true hope that comes from being made right with God, and by the Spirit we wait eagerly for this hope. 5 But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.
6 When we are in Christ Jesus, it is not important if we are circumcised or not. The important thing is faith -- the kind of faith that works through love. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
7 You were running a good race. Who stopped you from following the true way? 7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?
8 This change did not come from the One who chose you. 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.
9 Be careful! "Just a little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise." 9 "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough."
10 But I trust in the Lord that you will not believe those different ideas. Whoever is confusing you with such ideas will be punished. 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be.
11 My brothers and sisters, I do not teach that a man must be circumcised. If I teach circumcision, why am I still being attacked? If I still taught circumcision, my preaching about the cross would not be a problem. 11 Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished.
12 I wish the people who are bothering you would castraten themselves! 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!
13 My brothers and sisters, God called you to be free, but do not use your freedom as an excuse to do what pleases your sinful self. Serve each other with love. 13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
14 The whole law is made complete in this one command: "Love your neighbor as you love yourself." 14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
15 If you go on hurting each other and tearing each other apart, be careful, or you will completely destroy each other. 15 If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I tell you: Live by following the Spirit. Then you will not do what your sinful selves want. 16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
17 Our sinful selves want what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit wants what is against our sinful selves. The two are against each other, so you cannot do just what you please. 17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
18 But if the Spirit is leading you, you are not under the law. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
19 The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: being sexually unfaithful, not being pure, taking part in sexual sins, 19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20 worshiping gods, doing witchcraft, hating, making trouble, being jealous, being angry, being selfish, making people angry with each other, causing divisions among people, 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
21 feeling envy, being drunk, having wild and wasteful parties, and doing other things like these. I warn you now as I warned you before: Those who do these things will not inherit God's kingdom. 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control. There is no law that says these things are wrong. 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their own sinful selves. They have given up their old selfish feelings and the evil things they wanted to do. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
25 We get our new life from the Spirit, so we should follow the Spirit. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
26 We must not be proud or make trouble with each other or be jealous of each other. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.