Intent of the Law

15 (A)Brothers and sisters, (B)I speak [a]in terms of human relations: (C)even though it is only a man’s [b]covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds [c]conditions to it. 16 Now the promises were spoken (D)to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as one would in referring to many, but rather as in referring to one, “(E)And to your seed,” that is, Christ. 17 What I am saying is this: the Law, which came (F)430 years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. 18 For (G)if the inheritance is [d]based on law, it is no longer [e]based on a promise; but (H)God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.

19 (I)Why the Law then? It was added on account of the [f]violations, having been (J)ordered through angels (K)at the hand of a [g]mediator, until (L)the Seed would come to whom the promise had been made. 20 Now (M)a mediator is not [h]for one party only; but God is only one. 21 Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? [i](N)Far from it! For (O)if a law had been given that was able to impart life, then righteousness [j]would indeed have been [k]based on law. 22 But the Scripture has (P)confined [l]everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

23 But before faith came, [m]we were kept in custody under the Law, (Q)being confined for the faith that was destined to be revealed. 24 Therefore the Law has become our [n](R)guardian to lead us to Christ, so that (S)we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a [o](T)guardian. 26 For you are all (U)sons and daughters of God through faith in (V)Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were (W)baptized into Christ have (X)clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 (Y)There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is [p]neither male nor female; for (Z)you are all one in (AA)Christ Jesus. 29 And if (AB)you [q]belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s [r]descendants, heirs according to (AC)promise.

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Footnotes

  1. Galatians 3:15 Lit according to man
  2. Galatians 3:15 Or will; or testament
  3. Galatians 3:15 Or a codicil
  4. Galatians 3:18 Lit out of, from
  5. Galatians 3:18 Lit out of, from
  6. Galatians 3:19 I.e., of God’s commands
  7. Galatians 3:19 I.e., Moses
  8. Galatians 3:20 Lit of one
  9. Galatians 3:21 Lit May it never happen!
  10. Galatians 3:21 Or would indeed be
  11. Galatians 3:21 Lit out of, from
  12. Galatians 3:22 Lit all things
  13. Galatians 3:23 I.e., the Jews
  14. Galatians 3:24 I.e., children’s escort and supervisor
  15. Galatians 3:25 See note v 24
  16. Galatians 3:28 Lit not male and female
  17. Galatians 3:29 Lit are Christ’s
  18. Galatians 3:29 Lit seed