The Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians (Author Paul)

1:1¤ Paul, an apostle, not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead:

1:2And all the brethren who are with me: to the churches of Galatia.

1:3Grace be to you, and peace from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

1:4Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present wicked world, according to the will of God and our Father:

1:5To whom is glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1:6I wonder that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another gospel.

1:7Which is not another: only there are some that trouble you and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

1:8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema.

1:9As we said before, so now I say again: If any one preach to you a gospel, besides that which you have received, let him be anathema.

1:10For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

1:11For I give you to understand, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.

1:12For neither did I receive it of man: nor did I learn it but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1:13For you have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion: how that, beyond measure, I persecuted the church of God and wasted it.

1:14And I made progress in the Jews' religion above many of my equals in my own nation, being more abundantly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.

1:15But when it pleased him who separated me from my mother's womb and called me by his grace,

1:16To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the Gentiles: immediately I condescended not to flesh and blood.

1:17Neither went I to Jerusalem, to the apostles who were before me: but I went into Arabia, and again I returned to Damascus.

1:18Then, after three years, I went to Jerusalem to see Peter: and I tarried with him fifteen days.

1:19But other of the apostles I saw none, saving James the brother of the Lord.

1:20Now the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I lie not.

1:21Afterwards, I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

1:22And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea, which were in Christ:

1:23But they had heard only: He, who persecuted us in times past doth now preach the faith which once he impugned.

1:24And they glorified God in me.

2:1¤ Then, after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus also with me.

2:2And I went up according to revelation and communicated to them the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles: but apart to them who seemed to be some thing: lest perhaps I should run or had run in vain.

2:3But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Gentile, was compelled to be circumcised.

2:4But because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privately to spy our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into servitude.

2:5To whom we yielded not by subjection: no, not for an hour: that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

2:6But of them who seemed to be some thing, (what they were some time it is nothing to me, God accepteth not the person of man): for to me they that seemed to be some thing added nothing.

2:7But contrariwise, when they had seen that to me was committed the gospel of the uncircumcision, as to Peter was that of the circumcision.

2:8(For he who wrought in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision wrought in me also among the Gentiles.)

2:9And when they had known the grace that was given to me, James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship: that we should go unto the Gentiles, and they unto the circumcision:

2:10Only that we should be mindful of the poor: which same thing also I was careful to do.

2:11But when Cephas was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.

2:12For before that some came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them who were of the circumcision.

2:13And to his dissimulation the rest of the Jews consented: so that Barnabas also was led by them into that dissimulation.

2:14But when I saw that they walked not uprightly unto the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all: If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of the Gentiles and not as the Jews do, how dost thou compel the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

2:15We by nature are Jews: and not of the Gentiles, sinners.

2:16But knowing that man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, we also believe in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by the faith of Christ and not by the works of the law: because by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

2:17But if, while we seek to be justified in Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ then the minister of sin? God forbid!

2:18For if I build up again the things which I have destroyed, I make myself a prevaricator.

2:19For I, through the law, am dead to the law, that I may live to God;

2:20With Christ I am nailed to the cross. And I live, now not I: but Christ liveth in me. And that I live now in the flesh: I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and delivered himself for me.

2:21I cast not away the grace of God. For if justice be by the law, then Christ died in vain.

3:1¤ O senseless Galatians, who hath bewitched you that you should not obey the truth: before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been set forth, crucified among you?

3:2This only would I learn of you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith?

3:3Are you so foolish that, whereas you began in the Spirit, you would now be made perfect by the flesh?

3:4Have you suffered so great things in vain? If it be yet in vain.

3:5He therefore who giveth to you the Spirit and worketh miracles among you: doth he do it by the works of the law or by the hearing of the faith?

3:6As it is written: Abraham believed God: and it was reputed to him unto justice.

3:7Know ye, therefore, that they who are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

3:8And the scripture, foreseeing that God justifieth the Gentiles by faith, told unto Abraham before: In thee shall all nations be blessed.

3:9Therefore, they that are of faith shall be blessed with faithful Abraham.

3:10For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For it is written: Cursed is every one that abideth, not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

3:11But that in the law no man is justified with God, it is manifest: because the just man liveth by faith.

3:12But the law is not of faith: but he that doth those things shall live in them.

3:13Christ 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).

3:14That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus: that we may receive the promise of the Spirit by faith.

3:15Brethren (I speak after the manner of man), yet a man's testament, if it be confirmed, no man despiseth nor addeth to it.

3:16To Abraham were the promises made and to his seed. He saith not: And to his seeds as of many. But as of one: And to thy seed, which is Christ.

3:17Now this I say: that the testament which was confirmed by God, the law which was made after four hundred and thirty years doth not disannul, to make the promise of no effect.

3:18For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise. But God gave it to Abraham by promise.

3:19Why then was the law? It was set because of transgressions, until the seed should come to whom he made the promise, being ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

3:20Now a mediator is not of one: but God is one.

3:21Was the law then against the promises of God: God forbid! For if there had been a law given which could give life, verily justice should have been by the law.

3:22But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise, by the faith of Jesus Christ, might be given to them that believe.

3:23But before the faith came, we were kept under the law shut up, unto that faith which was to be revealed.

3:24Wherefore the law was our pedagogue in Christ: that we might be justified by faith.

3:25But after the faith is come, we are no longer under a pedagogue.

3:26For you are all the children of God, by faith in Christ Jesus.

3:27For as many of you as have been baptized in Christ have put on Christ.

3:28There is neither Jew nor Greek: there is neither bond nor free: there is neither male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.

3:29And if you be Christ's, then are you the seed of Abraham, heirs according to the promise.

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