THE EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE GALATIANS
1 Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus
Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead),
all the brothers with me, To the churches of Galatia:
3 Grace to
you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,
who gave Himself for our sins, so that He might deliver us from this
present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
No Other Gospel
6 I marvel that you are turning so quickly from Him who called you in
the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,
7 which is not
another; except there are certain people who trouble you and wish to
pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But even if we, or an angel from
heaven, should preach a gospel to you other than what we preached to
you, let him be accursed.
9 As we have said before, and I say
again just now, if anyone preaches a gospel to you other than what you
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.
Paul Called by God
11 But I make known to you, brothers, the gospel preached by me is not
according to man.
12 For I neither received it from man, nor was
I taught it, but through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
you have heard of my former conduct at one time in Judaism, that beyond
measure I used to persecute the church of God, and I was devastating
14 And I was advancing in Judaism above many my own age,
being far more zealous for the traditions of my forefathers.
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, so that
I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult
with flesh and blood,
17 neither did I go up to Jerusalem to
those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned
once more to Damascus.
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Peter, and I
stayed with him fifteen days.
19 But I saw none of the other
apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.
20 Now what I write to
you, behold, before God, I do not lie.
21 Then I went into the
regions of Syria and Cilicia.
22 And I was unknown by face to the
churches of Judea which are in Christ.
23 But they heard only,
"He who persecuted us in times past now preaches the faith which at one
time he was devastating."
24 And they glorified God in
GALATIANS CHAPTER 2
The Apostles Accept Paul
1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas,
also taking Titus along.
2 And I went up by revelation, and I set
before them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but
privately to those with influence, lest somehow I might run, or had
run, in vain.
3 But not even Titus who was with me, although he
was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised;
4 and that was
because of false brothers secretly brought in (who slipped in to spy
out our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might
reduce us to slavery),
5 to whom not even for an hour did we
yield in subjection, that the truth of the gospel might remain with
6 But from those who seemed to be something—whatever
they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows partiality to no
man—so to me, those with influence contributed nothing,
but on the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the
gospel for the uncircumcised, just as Peter was with the gospel for the
8 (for He who worked with Peter in the apostleship
to the circumcised, worked also with me in that for the
9 and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be
pillars, perceived the grace which was given to me, they gave me and
Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the
Gentiles and they to the circumcised;
10 only they desired that
we should remember the poor, which indeed I made every effort to do
this very thing.
Paul Opposes Peter
11 But when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because
he was to be blamed.
12 For before certain men came from James,
he would eat together with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began
to draw back and began to separate himself, fearing those of the
13 And the rest of the Jews joined him in
hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their
Justification by Faith
14 But when I saw that they did not act rightly with respect to the
truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, "If you, being a
Jew, live in Gentile fashion and not in Jewish fashion, why do you
compel the Gentiles to live as Jews?
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 by faith in Jesus
Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be
justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law;
because no flesh shall be justified by the works of the law.
17 But if by seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves also were
found sinners, is Christ then a minister of sin? By no means!
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a
19 For through the law I 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 who lives in me; and the life which I now
live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me,
and gave Himself for me.
21 I do not annul the grace of God; for
if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for
GALATIANS CHAPTER 3
By Faith, or by Works of the Law?
1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you, that you should not obey
the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was portrayed publicly among
you as crucified?
2 This only do I wish to learn from you: Did
you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of
3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, will you
now be made perfect in the flesh?
4 Have you suffered so many
things in vain—If indeed they really were in vain?
Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among
you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of
6 Just as Abraham "believed God, and it was
credited to him as righteousness."
7 Know therefore that those
who are of faith, these are sons of Abraham.
8 And the Scripture,
foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the
gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying that, "In you all the nations
shall be blessed."
9 Therefore those who are of faith are blessed
with believing Abraham.
The Law Brings a Curse
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 the
things which are written in the book of the law, to do them."
But that no one is justified by the law before God is evident, for "The
just shall live by faith."
12 But the law is not of faith, but
"the man who does them shall live by them."
13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse
for us, for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a
14 so that the blessing of Abraham might come to the
Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the
Spirit through faith.
The Law and the Promise
15 Brothers, I speak in human fashion: a covenant is man-made, yet once
it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it.
16 Now to Abraham
and his Seed were the promises spoken. He does not say, "And to seeds,"
referring to many, but referring to one, "And to your Seed," who is
17 And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred
and thirty years later, does not annul the covenant previously
confirmed to Christ by God, so that it make the promise of no
18 For if the inheritance comes by the law, it is no
longer of promise; but God has given it to Abraham by promise.
Purpose of the Law
19 Why then the law? It was added on account of transgressions, until
the Seed should come to whom it had been promised; and it was commanded
through angels by the hand of a mediator.
20 Now the mediator is
not for one person, but God is one.
21 Therefore, is the law
against the promises of God? By no means! For if a law had been given
which was able to give life, truly righteousness would have been by the
22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, so that the
promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who
23 But before faith came, we were kept in custody under
the law, having been hemmed in for the faith which was to be
24 Therefore the law has become our custodian, leading
us to Christ, so that we might be justified by faith.
after faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian.
Sons and Heirs
26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor
free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ
29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed,
and heirs according to the
GALATIANS CHAPTER 4
1 Now I say, for as much time as the heir is a minor, he 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
3 Even so we, when we were minors, were enslaved by the
elements of the world.
4 But when the fullness of the time had
come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the
5 so that He might redeem those under the law, so that we
might receive the adoption.
6 And because you are sons, God has
sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba,
7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if
a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Paul’s Concerns for the Galatians
8 But at one time indeed, when you did not know God, you were slaves to
those which by nature were not gods.
9 But now, having known God,
or rather, having been known by God, how is it that you turn again to
the weak and worthless elements, to which once again you wish to be
10 You observe days and months and seasons and
11 I am afraid for you, lest somehow I have worked hard
for you in vain.
12 Brothers, I beseech you, become as I am,
because I also am as you are. You have not wronged me at all.
You know that because of weakness in the flesh I preached the gospel to
you the former time.
14 And my trial which was in my flesh you
did not despise nor disdain, but as an angel of God you received me,
even as Christ Jesus.
15 What then was your blessing? For I bear
you witness that, if possible, you would have torn out your own eyes
and given them to me!
16 Have I therefore become your enemy by
speaking the truth to you?
17 They are zealous for you in the
wrong way; indeed, they wish to shut you out, so that you will be
zealous about them.
18 But it is good to be zealous in a good
thing always, and not only when I am present with you.
little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed
20 And I wanted to be present with you just now and to
change my tone; for I am perplexed about you.
21 Tell me, you who wish to be under the law, do you not hear the
22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: one by the
servant girl, and the other by a freewoman.
23 But he who was of
the servant girl was born according to the flesh, and he of the free
woman according to the promise,
24 which things are symbolic. For
these are two covenants: one in fact from Mount Sinai, bearing children
into slavery, which is Hagar—
25 for Hagar is Mount Sinai
in Arabia, and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, and is in slavery
with her children—
26 but the Jerusalem above is free,
which is the mother of us all.
27 For it is written: "Rejoice, O
barren one, who does not give birth; break forth and shout, you who
does not have birth pangs; for the children of the desolate are many
more than those of her who has a husband."
28 But we, brothers,
like Isaac, are children of promise.
29 But just as then the one
who was born according to the flesh persecuted the one born according
to the Spirit, so also it is now.
30 But what does the Scripture
say? "Cast out the servant girl and her son, for the son of the servant
girl shall by no means inherit with the son of the free woman."
31 So then, brothers, we are not children of the servant girl, but of
GALATIANS CHAPTER 5
Freedom in Christ
1 Stand fast therefore in the freedom in which Christ has made us free,
and do not be loaded down again with a yoke of bondage.
I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will be of
no advantage to you.
3 And I testify again to every man who
becomes circumcised that he is obligated to keep the whole law.
You have become severed from Christ, you who are justified by law; you
have fallen from grace.
5 For we by the Spirit eagerly await for
the hope of righteousness by faith.
6 For in Christ Jesus neither
circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working
7 You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?
8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.
little leaven leavens the whole lump.
10 I have confidence in
you, in the Lord, that you will be intent on nothing else; but he who
troubles you will bear his judgment, whoever he may be.
11 And I,
brothers, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? In
that case the offense of the cross has been done away with.
that those who disturb you would even castrate themselves!
you, brothers, were called to freedom; only do not use freedom for an
opportunity for the flesh, but rather through love serve one
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, in this:
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
15 But if you bite
and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one
Walk in the Spirit
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall by no means fulfill
the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit,
and the Spirit against the flesh; and these things oppose each other,
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 manifest, which are: adultery, fornication, immorality,
20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies,
outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions,
envies, murders, drinking bouts, revelries, and the like; 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.
the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness,
23 gentleness, self-control—against
such things there is no law.
24 And those who are Christ's have
crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.
25 If we live by
the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become
conceited, provoking one another, envying one
GALATIANS CHAPTER 6
Bear One Another’s Burdens
1 Brothers, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are
spiritual restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness, looking out
for yourself lest you also be tempted.
2 Bear one another's
burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.
3 For if anyone
thinks that he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives
4 But let each person examine his own work, and then he
will have boasting in himself alone, and not in another.
each one shall bear his own load.
Be Generous and Do Good
6 Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for what a man
sows, this also he will reap.
8 For he who sows to his flesh,
from his own flesh will reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit,
from the Spirit will reap everlasting life.
9 And while we do
good, let us not lose heart, for in due season we shall reap if we do
not become weary.
10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us work
what is good toward all, but especially toward those who are of the
household of faith.
Glory Only in the Cross
11 See with what large letters I have written to you with my own
12 As many as wish to make a good showing in the flesh,
these compel you to get circumcised, only so that they should not be
persecuted for the cross of Christ.
13 For not even those who are
circumcised keep the law themselves, but they wish you to be
circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.
14 But God forbid
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.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means
anything, but a new creation.
16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon
them, and upon the Israel of God.
17 Finally, let no one cause me
trouble, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
Brothers, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.