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God’s Promises To Abraham Were Not Cancelled By The Law Which Came Later

15 Brothers, I speak in accordance with human thinking: Though it is [a covenant] of a human, no one sets-aside or adds-conditions-to a covenant having been ratified. 16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed[a]. He[b] does not say [in Gen 13:15] “and to seeds”, as-though speaking in reference to many; but as-though speaking in reference to one, “and to your seed”— who is Christ. 17 And this I say: the Law, having come-about after four-hundred and thirty years, does not un-ratify[c] the covenant having been previously-ratified by God, so as to do-away-with[d] the promise.

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Footnotes

  1. Galatians 3:16 This word had the collective sense of offspring, descendants, posterity, but also the singular sense which Paul reminds us of next, linking Abraham and Christ.
  2. Galatians 3:16 Or, It, meaning the Scripture.
  3. Galatians 3:17 Or, nullify.
  4. Galatians 3:17 Or, invalidate, set-aside, render-useless.

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