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Galatians 5 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Christ has freed us so that we may enjoy the benefits of freedom. Therefore, be firm [in this freedom], and don't 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 I, Paul, can guarantee that if you allow yourselves to be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you. 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 insist that everyone who allows himself to be circumcised must realize that he obligates himself to do everything Moses' Teachings demand. 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 earn God's approval by obeying his laws have been cut off from Christ. You have fallen out of God's favor. 4 You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.
5 However, in our spiritual nature, faith causes us to wait eagerly for the confidence that comes with God's approval. 5 But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.
6 As far as our relationship to Christ Jesus is concerned, it doesn't matter whether we are circumcised or not. But what matters is a faith that expresses itself 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 stopped you from being influenced by the truth? 7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?
8 The arguments of the person who is influencing you do not come from the one who is calling you. 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.
9 A little yeast spreads through the whole batch of dough. 9 "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough."
10 The Lord gives me confidence that you will not disagree with this. However, the one who is confusing you will suffer God's judgment regardless of who he is. 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 Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching that circumcision is necessary, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the cross wouldn't be offensive anymore. 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 those troublemakers would castrate themselves. 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!
13 You were indeed called to be free, brothers and sisters. Don't turn this freedom into an excuse for your corrupt nature to express itself. Rather, serve each other through 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 All of Moses' Teachings are summarized in a single statement, "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 criticize and attack each other, be careful that you don't destroy each other. 15 If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 Let me explain further. Live your life as your spiritual nature directs you. Then you will never follow through on what your corrupt nature wants. 16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
17 What your corrupt nature wants is contrary to what your spiritual nature wants, and what your spiritual nature wants is contrary to what your corrupt nature wants. They are opposed to each other. As a result, you don't always do what you intend 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 your spiritual nature is your guide, you are not subject to Moses' laws. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
19 Now, the effects of the corrupt nature are obvious: illicit sex, perversion, promiscuity, 19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20 idolatry, drug use, hatred, rivalry, jealousy, angry outbursts, selfish ambition, conflict, factions, 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
21 envy, drunkenness, wild partying, and similar things. I've told you in the past and I'm telling you again that people who do these kinds of things will not inherit 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 spiritual nature produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, and self-control. There are no laws against things like that. 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their corrupt nature along with its passions and desires. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by our spiritual nature, then our lives need to conform to our spiritual nature. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
26 We can't allow ourselves to act arrogantly and to provoke or envy each other. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.