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

4:1¤ Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all,

4:2But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed by the father.

4:3So we also, when we were children, were serving under the elements of the world.

4:4But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent his Son, made of a woman, made under the law:

4:5That he might redeem them who were under the law: that we might receive the adoption of sons.

4:6And because you are sons, God hath sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying: Abba, Father.

4:7Therefore, now he is not a servant, but a son. And if a son, an heir also through God.

4:8But then indeed, not knowing God, you served them who, by nature, are not gods.

4:9But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known by God: how turn you again to the weak and needy elements which you desire to serve again?

4:10You observe days and months and times, and years.

4:11I am afraid of you, lest perhaps I have laboured in vain among you.

4:12Be ye as I, because I also am as you brethren, I beseech you. You have not injured me at all.

4:13And you know how, through infirmity of the flesh, I preached the gospel to you heretofore: and your temptation in my flesh

4:14You despised not, nor rejected: but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.

4:15Where is then your blessedness? For I bear you witness that, if it could be done, you would have plucked out your own eyes and would have given them to me.

4:16Am I then become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

4:17They are zealous in your regard not well: but they would exclude you, that you might be zealous for them.

4:18But be zealous for that which is good in a good thing always: and not only when I am present with you.

4:19My little children, of whom I am in labour again, until Christ be formed in you.

4:20And I would willingly be present with you now and change my voice: because I am ashamed for you.

4:21Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, have you not read the law?

4:22For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman and the other by a free woman.

4:23But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh: but he of the free woman was by promise.

4:24Which things are said by an allegory. For these are the two testaments. The one from Mount Sina, engendering unto bondage, which is Agar.

4:25For Sina is a mountain in Arabia, which hath affinity to that Jerusalem which now is: and is in bondage with her children.

4:26But that Jerusalem which is above is free: which is our mother.

4:27For it is written: Rejoice, thou barren, that bearest not: break forth and cry thou that travailest not: for many are the children of the desolate, more than of her that hath a husband.

4:28Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

4:29But as then he that was born according to the flesh persecuted him that was after the spirit: so also it is now.

4:30But what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the free woman.

4:31So then, brethren, we are not the children of the bondwoman but of the free: by the freedom wherewith Christ has made us free.

5:1¤ Stand fast and be not held again under the yoke of bondage.

5:2Behold, I Paul tell you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

5:3And I testify again to every man circumcising himself that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

5:4You are made void of Christ, you who are justified in the law: you are fallen from grace.

5:5For we in spirit, by faith, wait for the hope of justice.

5:6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing nor uncircumcision: but faith that worketh by Charity.

5:7You did run well. Who hath hindered you, that you should not obey the truth?

5:8This persuasion is not from him that calleth you.

5:9A little leaven corrupteth the whole lump.

5:10I have confidence in you in the Lord that you will not be of another mind: but he that troubleth you shall bear the judgment, whosoever he be.

5:11And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? Then is the scandal of the cross made void.

5:12I would they were even cut off, who trouble you.

5:13For you, brethren, have been called unto liberty. Only make not liberty an occasion to the flesh: but by charity of the spirit serve one another.

5:14For all the law is fulfilled in one word: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

5:15But if you bite and devour one another: take heed you be not consumed one of another.

5:16I say then: Walk in the spirit: and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

5:17For the flesh lusteth against the spirit: and the spirit against the flesh: For these are contrary one to another: so that you do not the things that you would.

5:18But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under the law.

5:19Now the works of the flesh are manifest: which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury,

5:20Idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects,

5:21Envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God.

5:22But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity,

5:23Mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity. Against such there is no law.

5:24And they that are Christ's have crucified their flesh, with the vices and concupiscences.

5:25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

5:26Let us not be made desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

6:1¤ Brethren, and if a man be overtaken in any fault, you, who are spiritual, instruct such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

6:2Bear ye one another's burdens: and so you shall fulfil the law of Christ.

6:3For if any man think himself to be some thing, whereas he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

6:4But let every one prove his own work: and so he shall have glory in himself only and not in another.

6:5For every one shall bear his own burden.

6:6And let him that is instructed in the word communicate to him that instructeth him, in all good things.

6:7Be not deceived: God is not mocked. For what things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap.

6:8For he that soweth in his flesh of the flesh also shall reap corruption. But he that soweth in the spirit of the spirit shall reap life everlasting.

6:9And in doing good, let us not fail. For in due time we shall reap, not failing.

6:10Therefore, whilst we have time, let us work good to all men, but especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

6:11See what a letter I have written to you with my own hand.

6:12For as many as desire to please in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer the persecution of the cross of Christ.

6:13For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law: but they will have you to be circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

6:14But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world.

6:15For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision: but a new creature.

6:16And whosoever shall follow this rule, peace on them and mercy: and upon the Israel of God.

6:17From henceforth let no man be troublesome to me: for I bear the marks of the Lord Jesus in my body.

6:18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

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