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The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

O foolish (A)Galatians, who bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ (B)was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to learn from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of [a]the Law, or by [b](C)hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun [c]by the Spirit, are you now [d]being perfected by the flesh? Did you [e]suffer so many things for nothing—(D)if indeed it was for nothing? So then, does He who (E)provides you with the Spirit and (F)works [f]miracles among you, do it by the works of [g]the Law, or by [h](G)hearing with faith?

Just as (H)Abraham (I)believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness, so know that (J)those who are of faith, those are (K)sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God [i]would justify the [j]Gentiles by faith, proclaimed the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “(L)All the nations will be blessed in you.” So then (M)those who are of faith are blessed with [k]Abraham, the believer.

10 For as many as are of the works of [l]the Law are under a curse, for it is written, “(N)Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to do them.” 11 Now that (O)no one is justified [m]by [n]the Law before God is evident, [o]for “(P)The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 [p]However, the Law is not [q]of faith; rather, “(Q)He who does them shall live [r]by them.” 13 Christ (R)redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “(S)Cursed is everyone who hangs on (T)a [s]tree”— 14 in order that (U)in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might [t]come to the Gentiles, so that we (V)would receive (W)the promise of the Spirit through faith.

The Promise by Faith

15 (X)Brothers, (Y)I speak [u]in human terms: (Z)even though it is only a man’s [v]covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds [w]conditions to it. 16 Now the promises were spoken (AA)to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And (AB)to your seed,” that is, Christ. 17 And what I am saying is this: the Law, which came (AC)430 years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to abolish the promise. 18 For (AD)if the inheritance is by law, it is no longer by promise, but (AE)God has granted it to Abraham through promise.

19 (AF)Why the Law then? It was added [x]because of trespasses, having been (AG)ordained through angels (AH)by the hand of a mediator, until (AI)the seed would come to whom the promise had been made. 20 Now (AJ)a mediator is not [y]for one person only, whereas God is one. 21 Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? (AK)May it never be! For (AL)if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed be by law. 22 But the Scripture has (AM)shut up [z]everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

23 But before faith came, we were held in custody under the Law, (AN)being shut up for the coming faith to be revealed. 24 Therefore the Law has become our (AO)tutor unto Christ, so that (AP)we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a [aa](AQ)tutor. 26 For you are all (AR)sons of God through faith in (AS)Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were (AT)baptized into Christ have (AU)clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 (AV)There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is no (AW)male and female, for (AX)you are all one in (AY)Christ Jesus. 29 And if (AZ)you [ab]belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s [ac]seed, heirs according to (BA)promise.


  1. Galatians 3:2 Or law
  2. Galatians 3:2 Lit the hearing of faith
  3. Galatians 3:3 Or with
  4. Galatians 3:3 Or ending with
  5. Galatians 3:4 Or experience
  6. Galatians 3:5 Or works of power
  7. Galatians 3:5 Or law
  8. Galatians 3:5 Lit the hearing of faith
  9. Galatians 3:8 Lit justifies
  10. Galatians 3:8 Lit nations
  11. Galatians 3:9 Lit the believing Abraham
  12. Galatians 3:10 Or law
  13. Galatians 3:11 Or in
  14. Galatians 3:11 Or law
  15. Galatians 3:11 Or but he who is righteous by faith shall live
  16. Galatians 3:12 Or And
  17. Galatians 3:12 Or based on
  18. Galatians 3:12 Or in
  19. Galatians 3:13 Or cross; lit wood
  20. Galatians 3:14 Or occur
  21. Galatians 3:15 Lit according to man
  22. Galatians 3:15 Or will or testament
  23. Galatians 3:15 Or a codicil
  24. Galatians 3:19 Or for the sake of defining
  25. Galatians 3:20 Lit of one
  26. Galatians 3:22 Lit all things
  27. Galatians 3:25 Lit child-conductor
  28. Galatians 3:29 Lit are Christ’s
  29. Galatians 3:29 Or descendants