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1 O foolish Galatians, by what strange powers have you been tricked, to whom it was made clear that Jesus Christ was put to death on the cross? 1 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.
2 Give me an answer to this one question, Did the Spirit come to you through the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?
3 Are you so foolish? having made a start in the Spirit, will you now be made complete in the flesh? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?
4 Did you undergo such a number of things to no purpose? if it is in fact to no purpose. 4 Have you suffered so much for nothing--if it really was for nothing?
5 He who gives you the Spirit, and does works of power among you, is it by the works of law, or by the hearing of faith? 5 Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?
6 Even as Abraham had faith in God, and it was put to his account as righteousness. 6 Consider Abraham: "He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
7 Be certain, then, that those who are of faith, the same are sons of Abraham. 7 Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.
8 And the holy Writings, seeing before the event that God would give the Gentiles righteousness by faith, gave the good news before to Abraham, saying, In you will all the nations have a blessing. 8 The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: "All nations will be blessed through you."
9 So then those who are of faith have a part in the blessing of Abraham who was full of faith. 9 So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
10 For all who are of the works of the law are under a curse: because it is said in the Writings, A curse is on everyone who does not keep on doing all the things which are ordered in the book of the law. 10 All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law."
11 Now that no man gets righteousness by the law in the eyes of God, is clear; because, The upright will be living by faith. 11 Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith."
12 And the law is not of faith; but, He who does them will have life by them. 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, "The man who does these things will live by them."
13 Christ has made us free from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us: because it is said in the Writings, A curse on everyone who is put to death by hanging on a tree: 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree."
14 So that on the Gentiles might come the blessing of Abraham in Christ Jesus; in order that we through faith might have the Spirit which God had undertaken to give. 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
15 Brothers, as men would say, even a man's agreement, when it has been made certain, may not be put on one side, or have additions made to it. 15 Brothers, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case.
16 Now to Abraham were the undertakings given, and to his seed. He says not, And to seeds, as of a great number; but as of one, he says, And to your seed, which is Christ. 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say "and to seeds," meaning many people, but "and to your seed," meaning one person, who is Christ.
17 Now this I say: The law, which came four hundred and thirty years after, does not put an end to the agreement made before by God, so as to make the undertaking without effect. 17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise.
18 Because if the heritage is by the law, it is no longer dependent on the word of God; but God gave it to Abraham by his word. 18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.
19 What then is the law? It was an addition made because of sin, till the coming of the seed to whom the undertaking had been given; and it was ordered through angels by the hand of a go-between. 19 What, then, was the purpose of the law? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was put into effect through angels by a mediator.
20 Now a go-between is not a go-between of one; but God is one. 20 A mediator, however, does not represent just one party; but God is one.
21 Is the law then against the words of God? in no way; because if there had been a law which was able to give life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.
22 However, the holy Writings have put all things under sin, so that that for which God gave the undertaking, based on faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who have such faith. 22 But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.
23 But before faith came, we were kept in prison under the law, waiting for the revelation of the faith which was to come. 23 Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.
24 So the law has been a servant to take us to Christ, so that we might have righteousness by faith. 24 So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.
25 But now that faith is come, we are no longer under a servant. 25 Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.
26 Because you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,
27 For all those of you who were given baptism into Christ did put on Christ. 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28 There is no Jew or Greek, servant or free, male or female: because you are all one in Jesus Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and yours is the heritage by the right of God's undertaking given to Abraham. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.