Galatians 3:1-14 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 You foolish people of Galatia! Who has put you under an evil spell? When I preached, I clearly showed you that Jesus Christ had been nailed to the cross. 1 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.
2 I would like to learn just one thing from you. Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law? Or did you receive the Spirit 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 so foolish? You began with the Holy Spirit. Are you now trying to complete God's work in you by your own strength? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?
4 Have you suffered so much for nothing? And was it really for nothing? 4 Have you suffered so much for nothing--if it really was for nothing?
5 Why does God give you his Spirit? Why does he work miracles among you? Is it because you do what the law says? Or is it because you believe what you have 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 Think about Abraham. Scripture says, "Abraham believed God. God accepted Abraham because he believed. So his faith made him right with God."#1(Genesis 15:6)#2 6 Consider Abraham: "He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
7 So you see, those who have faith are children of Abraham. 7 Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.
8 Long ago, Scripture knew that God would make non-Jews right with himself by believing in him. He announced the good news ahead of time to Abraham. He said, "All nations will be blessed because of you."#1(Genesis 12:3; 18:18; 22:18)#2 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 those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham. He was the man of faith. 9 So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
10 All who depend on obeying the law are under a curse. It is written, "May everyone who doesn't continue to do everything that is written in the Book of the Law be under God's curse."#1(Deuteronomy 27:26)#2 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 We know that no one is made right with God by keeping the law. Scripture says, "Those who are right with God will live by faith."#1(Habakkuk 2:4)#2 11 Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith."
12 The law is not based on faith. In fact, it is just the opposite. It teaches that "the one who does those things will live by them."#1(Leviticus 18:5)#2 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, "The man who does these things will live by them."
13 Christ set us free from the curse of the law. He did it by becoming a curse for us. It is written, "Everyone who is hung on a pole is under God's curse."#1(Deuteronomy 21:23)#2 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 Jesus set us free so that the blessing given to Abraham would come to non-Jews through Christ. He did it so that we might receive the promise of the Holy Spirit by believing in Christ. 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.