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Galatians 2:11-16 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Freedom from the Law

11 But when Cephas[a] came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face because he stood condemned.[b] 12 For he regularly ate with the Gentiles before certain men came from James. However, when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, because he feared those from the circumcision party. 13 Then the rest of the Jews joined his hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that they were deviating from the truth of the gospel, I told Cephas[c] in front of everyone, “If you, who are a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel Gentiles to live like Jews?”[d]

15 We who are Jews by birth and not “Gentile sinners” 16 know that no one is justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ.[e] And we have believed in Christ Jesus so that we might be justified by faith in Christ[f] and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no human being will[g] be justified.


  1. Galatians 2:11 Other mss read Peter
  2. Galatians 2:11 Or he was in the wrong
  3. Galatians 2:14 Other mss read Peter
  4. Galatians 2:14 Some translations continue the quotation through v. 16 or v. 21.
  5. Galatians 2:16 Or by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ
  6. Galatians 2:16 Or by the faithfulness of Christ
  7. Galatians 2:16 Lit law all flesh will not

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