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Galatians 5 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Freedom is what we have - Christ has set us free! Stand, then, as free people, and do not allow yourselves to become slaves again. 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 allow yourselves to be circumcised, it means that Christ is of no use to you at all. 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 Once more I warn any man who allows himself to be circumcised that he is obliged to obey the whole Law. 3 Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.
4 Those of you who try to be put right with God by obeying the Law have cut yourselves off from Christ. You are outside 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 As for us, our hope is that God will put us right with him; and this is what we wait for by the power of God's Spirit working through our faith. 5 But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.
6 For when we are in union with Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor the lack of it makes any difference at all; what matters is 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 doing so well! Who made you stop obeying the truth? How did he persuade you? 7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?
8 It was not done by God, who calls you. 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.
9 "It takes only a little yeast to make the whole batch of dough rise," as they say. 9 "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough."
10 But I still feel confident about you. Our life in union with the Lord makes me confident that you will not take a different view and that whoever is upsetting you will be punished by God. 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 But as for me, my friends, if I continue to preach that circumcision is necessary, why am I still being persecuted? If that were true, then my preaching about the cross of Christ would cause no trouble. 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 that the people who are upsetting you would go all the way; let them go on and castrate themselves! 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!
13 As for you, my friends, you were called to be free. But do not let this freedom become an excuse for letting your physical desires control you. Instead, let love make you serve one another. 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 For the whole Law is summed up in one commandment: "Love your neighbor as you love yourself." 14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
15 But if you act like wild animals, hurting and harming each other, then watch out, or you will completely destroy one another. 15 If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 What I say is this: let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature. 16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
17 For what our human nature wants is opposed to what the Spirit wants, and what the Spirit wants is opposed to what our human nature wants. These two are enemies, and this means that you cannot do what you want to do. 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 If the Spirit leads you, then you are not subject to the Law. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
19 What human nature does is quite plain. It shows itself in immoral, filthy, and indecent actions; 19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20 in worship of idols and witchcraft. People become enemies and they fight; they become jealous, angry, and ambitious. They separate into parties and groups; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
21 they are envious, get drunk, have orgies, and do other things like these. I warn you now as I have before: those who do these things will not possess the Kingdom of God. 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 love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these. 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have put to death their human nature with all its passions and desires. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
25 The Spirit has given us life; he must also control our lives. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
26 We must not be proud or irritate one another or be jealous of one another. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.