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1 You stupid people of Galatia! Who put you under an evil spell? Wasn't Christ Jesus' crucifixion clearly described to you? 1 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.
2 I want to learn only one thing from you. Did you receive the Spirit by your own efforts to live according to a set of standards or by believing what you heard? 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 that stupid? Did you begin in a spiritual way only to end up doing things in a human way? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?
4 Did you suffer so much for nothing? [I doubt] that it was for nothing! 4 Have you suffered so much for nothing--if it really was for nothing?
5 Does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you through your own efforts or through believing what you heard? 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 Abraham serves as an example. He believed God, and that faith was regarded by God to be his approval of Abraham. 6 Consider Abraham: "He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
7 You must understand that people who have faith are Abraham's descendants. 7 Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.
8 Scripture saw ahead of time that God would give his approval to non-Jewish people who have faith. So Scripture announced the Good News to Abraham ahead of time when it said, "Through you all the people of the world will be blessed." 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 people who believe are blessed together with Abraham, the man of faith. 9 So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
10 Certainly, there is a curse on all who rely on their own efforts to live according to a set of standards because Scripture says, "Whoever doesn't obey everything that is written in Moses' Teachings is cursed." 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 No one receives God's approval by obeying the law's standards since, "The person who has God's approval will live by faith." 11 Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith."
12 Laws have nothing to do with faith, but, "Whoever obeys laws will live because of the laws he obeys." 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, "The man who does these things will live by them."
13 Christ paid the price to free us from the curse that God's laws bring by becoming cursed instead of us. Scripture says, "Everyone who is hung on a tree is cursed." 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 [Christ paid the price] so that the blessing promised to Abraham would come to all the people of the world through Jesus Christ and we would receive the promised Spirit through faith. 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 and sisters, let me use an example from everyday life. No one can cancel a person's will or add conditions to it once that will is put into effect. 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 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his descendant. Scripture doesn't say, "descendants," referring to many, but "your descendant," referring to one. That descendant 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 This is what I mean: The laws [given to Moses] 430 years after God had already put his promise [to Abraham] into effect didn't cancel the promise [to Abraham]. 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 If we have to gain the inheritance by following those laws, then it no longer comes to us because of the promise. However, God freely gave the inheritance to Abraham through a promise. 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 purpose of the laws given to Moses? They were added to identify what wrongdoing is. Moses' laws did this until the descendant to whom the promise was given came. It was put into effect through angels, using a mediator. 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 A mediator is not used when there is only one person involved, and God has acted on his own. 20 A mediator, however, does not represent just one party; but God is one.
21 Does this mean, then, that the laws given to Moses contradict God's promises? That's unthinkable! If those laws could give us life, then certainly we would receive God's approval because we obeyed them. 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 But Scripture states that the whole world is controlled by the power of sin. Therefore, a promise based on faith in Jesus Christ could be given to those who believe. 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 We were kept under control by Moses' laws until this faith came. We were under their control until this faith which was about to come would be revealed. 23 Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.
24 Before Christ came, Moses' laws served as our guardian. Christ came so that we could receive God's approval 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 this faith has come, we are no longer under the control of a guardian. 25 Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.
26 You are all God's children by believing in Christ Jesus. 26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,
27 Clearly, all of you who were baptized in Christ's name have clothed yourselves with Christ. 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28 There are neither Jews nor Greeks, slaves nor free people, males nor females. You are all the same in Christ Jesus. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants and heirs, as God promised. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.