Faith Brings Righteousness
1 # Lit O You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? 2This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of #Or lawthe Law, or by #Lit the hearing of faithhearing with faith? 3Are you so foolish? Having begun #Or withby the Spirit, are you now #Or ending withbeing perfected by the flesh? 4Did you #Or experiencesuffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works #Or works of powermiracles among you, do it by the works of #Or lawthe Law, or by #Lit the hearing of faithhearing with faith?
6 # Lit Just as Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. 7Therefore, #Lit knowbe sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. 8The Scripture, foreseeing that God #Lit justifieswould justify the #Lit nationsGentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations will be blessed in you.” 9So then those who are of faith are blessed with #Lit the believing AbrahamAbraham, the believer.
10For as many as are of the works of #Or lawthe Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.” 11Now that no one is justified #Or inby #Or lawthe Law before God is evident; for, “#Or But he who is righteous by faith shall liveThe righteous man shall live by faith.” 12#Or AndHowever, the Law is not #Or based onof faith; on the contrary, “He who practices them shall live #Or inby them.” 13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a #Or cross; lit woodtree”— 14in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might #Or occurcome to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Intent of the Law
15Brethren, I speak #Lit according to manin terms of human relations: even though it is only a man’s #Or will or testamentcovenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds #Or a codicilconditions to it. 16Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. 17What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. 18For if the inheritance is #Lit out of, frombased on law, it is no longer #Lit out of, frombased on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.
19Why the Law then? It was added #Or for the sake of definingbecause of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the #Lit handagency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made. 20Now a mediator is not #Lit of onefor one party only; whereas God is only one. 21Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness #Or would indeed bewould indeed have been #Lit out of, frombased on law. 22But the Scripture has shut up #Lit thingseveryone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
23But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. 24Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a #Lit child-conductortutor. 26For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is #Lit not male and femaleneither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you #Lit are Christ’sbelong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s #Lit seeddescendants, heirs according to promise.