1 Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God
the Father who raised Him from the dead),
2 and all the brethren who are with me, to the churches of Galatia:
3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,
4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil age,
according to the will of our God and Father,
5 to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you into the grace of
Christ, to a different gospel,
7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you, even determined to pervert
the gospel of Christ.
8 But even if we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we
have preached to you, let him be accursed.
9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you
than what you have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still
pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
11 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not
according to man.
12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but by a revelation of Jesus
13 For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of
God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.
14 And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation,
being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called me
through His grace,
16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, immediately I
did not confer with flesh and blood,
17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to
Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to inquire of Peter, and remained with
him fifteen days.
19 But I saw none of the other apostles except Jacob, the Lord's brother.
20 (Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.)
21 Afterward I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
22 And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ.
23 But they were hearing only, He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith
which he once tried to destroy.
24 And they glorified God in me.
1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took
Titus with me.
2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them the gospel which I preach
among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I
might run, or had run, in vain.
3 Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.
4 And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by
stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into
5 to whom we did not yield in submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel
might continue with you.
6 But those who seemed to be something (whatever they were, it makes no
difference to me; God shows personal regard to no man), those who seemed to be important added nothing to me.
7 But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been
committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter
8 (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also
worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles),
9 and when Jacob, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that
had been given to me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we
should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.
10 They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was
eager to do.
11 Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was
to be blamed;
12 for before certain men came from Jacob, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when
they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the
13 And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas
was carried away with their hypocrisy.
14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said
to Peter before them all, If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the
Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to Judaize?
15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,
16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through the faith of
Jesus Christ, even we believe into Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by the faith of
Christ and not by the works of the Law; for by the works of the Law no flesh shall be
17 But if, while we seek to be justified in Christ, we ourselves also are found to be sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Let it not be.
18 For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I confirm myself as a transgressor.
19 For I through the Law died to the Law that I might live to God.
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved
me and gave Himself for me.
21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then
Christ died in vain.
1 O foolish Galatians. Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?
2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law,
or by the hearing of faith?
3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, do you now perfect yourselves in the
4 Have you suffered so many things in vain; if indeed it was in vain?
5 Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and displays works of power in you, does
He do it by the works of the Law, or by the hearing of faith?
6 Just as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
7 Therefore know that those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.
8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached
the gospel before to Abraham, saying, In you all the nations shall be blessed.
9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
10 For as many as are of the works of the Law are under the curse; for it is written, Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the Law, to do them.
11 But that no one is justified by the Law in the sight of God is evident; for, The just
shall live by faith.
12 Yet the Law is not of faith; but, The man who does them shall live in them.
13 Christ has 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 tree),
14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we
might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
15 Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man's covenant, yet if it
is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it.
16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, And to
seeds, as of many, but as of one, And to your Seed, who is Christ.
17 And this I say, A covenant having been established before by God in Christ, the Law
coming into being four hundred and thirty years later, does not annul the promise, so as
to abolish it.
18 For if the inheritance is of the Law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to
Abraham by promise.
19 What purpose then does the Law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till
the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through
angels by the hand of a mediator.
20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
21 Is the Law then against the promises of God? Let it not be. For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been out of the Law.
22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by the faith of Jesus
Christ might be given to those believing.
23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the Law, kept for the faith which
would afterward be revealed.
24 Therefore the Law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by
25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as were immersed into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male
nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the
1 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave,
though he is master of all,
2 but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father.
3 Even so we, when we were children, were enslaved under the elements of the world.
4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, brought forth out
of a woman, brought forth under the Law,
5 to redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts,
crying out, Abba, Father!
7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through
8 However, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods.
9 But now, knowing God, or rather being known by God, how is it that you turn again to
the feeble and worthless principles, to which you desire again to be in bondage?
10 You observe days and months and seasons and years.
11 I am afraid for you, lest I have labored among you in vain.
12 Brethren, I beseech you to be as I am, for I am as you are. You have not wronged me at all.
13 You know that because of physical infirmity I preached the gospel to you at the first.
14 And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received
me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
15 What then was the blessing you enjoyed? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you
would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me.
16 Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?
17 They zealously pursue you, but not well; yes, they want to exclude you, that you
may be zealous for them.
18 But it is good to be zealous in a good thing always, and not only when I am present
19 My little children, for whom I travail again until Christ is formed in you,
20 I would like to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I have doubts
21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the Law, do you not hear the Law?
22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a
23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the
freewoman through promise,
24 which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount
Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar;
25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to the present Jerusalem,
and is in bondage with her children;
26 but the Jerusalem from above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27 For it is written: Rejoice, O barren, you who do not bear. Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor. For the desolate has many more children than she who has a husband.
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise.
29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born
according to the Spirit, even so it is now.
30 Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for
the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free.
1 Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be
entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
2 Behold, I Paul say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.
3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep
the whole Law.
4 You have become cut off from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by Law; you
have fallen from grace.
5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness out of faith.
6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith
working through love.
7 You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?
8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.
9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
10 I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who
troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he may be.
11 And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then
the offense of the cross has ceased.
12 I could wish that those who unsettle your minds would even cut themselves off.
13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an
opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
14 For all the Law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: You shall love your neighbor as
15 But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you are not consumed by one another.
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are
contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, sexual perversion,
20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish
ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand,
just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the
kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faith,
23 meekness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a
one in a spirit of meekness, considering yourself that you not also be tempted.
2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the Law of Christ.
3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
4 But let each one prove his own work, and then he alone will have rejoicing in himself,
and not in another.
5 For each one shall bear his own load.
6 Let him being taught the Word share in all good things with him who teaches.
7 Do not be led astray, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also
8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the
Spirit will of the Spirit reap eternal life.
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not
10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are
of the household of faith.
11 See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand.
12 As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these compel you to be
circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
13 For not even those who are circumcised keep the Law, but they desire to have you
circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.
14 But may it never be that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any power, but a
16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon
the Israel of God.
17 From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the brand marks of the
18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.