Life by the Spirit

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.(A) But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a];(B) rather, serve one another(C) humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b](D) 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit,(E) and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.(F) 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh.(G) They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want.(H) 18 But if you are led by the Spirit,(I) you are not under the law.(J)

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality,(K) impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.(L) I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.(M)

22 But the fruit(N) of the Spirit is love,(O) joy, peace,(P) forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.(Q) Against such things there is no law.(R) 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh(S) with its passions and desires.(T) 25 Since we live by the Spirit,(U) let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited,(V) provoking and envying each other.

Doing Good to All

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit(W) should restore(X) that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.(Y) If anyone thinks they are something(Z) when they are not, they deceive themselves.(AA) Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone,(AB) without comparing themselves to someone else,(AC) for each one should carry their own load.(AD) Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.(AE)

Do not be deceived:(AF) God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.(AG) Whoever sows to please their flesh,(AH) from the flesh will reap destruction;(AI) whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.(AJ) Let us not become weary in doing good,(AK) for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.(AL) 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good(AM) to all people, especially to those who belong to the family(AN) of believers.

Not Circumcision but the New Creation

11 See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!(AO)

12 Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh(AP) are trying to compel you to be circumcised.(AQ) The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted(AR) for the cross of Christ. 13 Not even those who are circumcised keep the law,(AS) yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh.(AT) 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,(AU) through which[d] the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.(AV) 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything;(AW) what counts is the new creation.(AX) 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to[e] the Israel of God.

17 From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks(AY) of Jesus.

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ(AZ) be with your spirit,(BA) brothers and sisters. Amen.


  1. Galatians 5:13 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit; also in verses 16, 17, 19 and 24; and in 6:8.
  2. Galatians 5:14 Lev. 19:18
  3. Galatians 5:17 Or you do not do what
  4. Galatians 6:14 Or whom
  5. Galatians 6:16 Or rule and to

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