Galatians 3:3

3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?[a]

Galatians 3:3 in Other Translations

KJV
3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
ESV
3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?
NLT
3 How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?
MSG
3 Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren't smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it?
CSB
3 Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now going to be made complete by the flesh?

Galatians 3:3 In-Context

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 Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard?
3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?
4 Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain?
5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. In contexts like this, the Greek word for "flesh" ("sarx" ) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.
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