Page images
PDF
EPUB

11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. 12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come he withdrew, and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. 13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him ; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. 14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly, accord

ing to the truth of the gospel,

I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the 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 the faith of Jesus Christ; even we have believed in Jesus Christ, 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 shall no flesh be justified. 17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin 2 God forbid.

18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

19 For I through the law, am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live : yet not I, but Christ liveth 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 frustrate the grace of God ; for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

CHAP. III. J Us TIF Ic AT I o N BY FAITH.

O FOOLISH Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you ? 2 This only would I learn of you: Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish 2 having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh : 4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in Wall]. 5 He, therefore, that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith :

6 Fven as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye, therefore, that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then, they which be 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 every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of Cod, it is evident : for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree; 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 15 Brethren, 1 speak after the manner of men; Though it be

so a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. 16 Now, to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the | law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. 19 Wherefore then serveth the law It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come, to whom the promise was made ; and it was ordained by angels in 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 2 God forbid : for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23 But before faith came, we

were kept under the law, shut

up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster, to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolImaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God, by faith in Christ JeSul.S. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

CHAP. IV.

CHRIST FREETH US FROM THE LAW.

NOW I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all ; 2. But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world : 4. But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were

under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And, because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son ; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. 8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour In Valin. 12 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am ; for I am as ye are : ye have not injured me at all. 13 Ye know how, through infirmity of the flesh, I preached the gospel unto you at the first. 14 And my temptation, which was in my flesh, ye despised not, nor rejected ; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. 15 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of 2 for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.

16 Am I, therefore, become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? 17 They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them. 18 But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you. 19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again, until Christ be formed in you, 20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice ; for I stand in doubt of you. 21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law 2 22 For it is written, that, Abraham had two sons; the one by a bond-maid, the other by a free-woman. 23 But he who was of the bond-woman, was born after the flesh ; but he of the freewoman, was by promise. - 24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem, which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26 But Jerusalem which is above, is free, which is the mother of us all.

27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not ; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not : for the desolate hath many more children, than she which hath an husband. 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of proIIT ISC. 29 But as then, he that was born after the flesh, persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless, what saith the scripture ? Cast out the bond-woman and her son : for the son of the bond-woman shall not be heir with the son of the free-woman. 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bond-woman, but of the free.

[merged small][ocr errors][merged small]

justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5 For we, through the Spirit, wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision ; but faith, which worketh by love. 7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you, that ye should not obey the truth : 8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. 9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded ; but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. 11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution then is the offence of the cross ceased. 12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you. 13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh : and these are contrary the one to the other ; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things, shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ's, have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain-glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

[ocr errors][merged small]
« PreviousContinue »