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Galatians 2:18
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a transgressor.
For if I [or anyone else should] rebuild [through word or by practice] what I once tore down [the belief that observing the Law is essential for salvation], I prove myself to be a transgressor.
For if I [or any others who have taught that the observance of the Law of Moses is not essential to being justified by God should now by word or practice teach or intimate that it is essential to] build up again what I tore down, I prove myself a transgressor.
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
If I rebuild the very things that I tore down, I show that I myself am breaking the Law.
Indeed, if I build up again the legalistic bondage which I destroyed, I really do make myself a transgressor.
But if I tear down something and then build it again, I prove that I was wrong at first.
For if the things I have thrown down, these I build again, I constitute myself a transgressor.
For if I am building again these things which I tore-down, I am demonstrating myself to be a transgressor.
For if I build up again the things which I have destroyed, I make myself a prevaricator.
But I would be wrong to begin teaching again those things that I gave up.
For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor.
For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor.
But I would ·really be wrong [or prove myself to be a lawbreaker/sinner] ·to begin teaching again those things that I gave up [L if I rebuild those things I tore down; C dependance on the law for salvation].
For if I build again the things that I have destroyed, I make myself a trespasser.
If I rebuild something that I’ve torn down, I admit that I was wrong to tear it down.
If I start to rebuild the system of Law that I tore down, then I show myself to be someone who breaks the Law.
If I rebuild the system I tore down, I show myself to be a lawbreaker.
But I would really be wrong to begin teaching again those things of the Law of Moses that I gave up.
For if I rebuild something that I tore down, I demonstrate that I am a wrongdoer.
And then I went on to explain that we, who are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners, know that a man is justified not by performing what the Law commands but by faith in Jesus Christ. We ourselves are justified by our faith and not by our obedience to the Law, for we have recognised that no one can achieve justification by doing the “works of the Law”. Now if, as we seek the real truth about justification, we find we are as much sinners as the Gentiles, does that mean that Christ makes us sinners? Of course not! But if I attempt to build again the whole structure of justification by the Law then I do, in earnest, make myself a sinner. For under the Law I “died”, and now I am dead to the Law’s demands so that I may live for God. As far as the Law is concerned I may consider that I died on the cross with Christ. And my present life is not that of the old “I”, but the living Christ within me. The bodily life I now live, I live believing in the Son of God, who loved me and sacrificed himself for me. Consequently I refuse to stultify the grace of God by reverting to the Law. For if righteousness were possible under the Law then Christ died for nothing!
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a rebel.
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
For if I build up again these things which I destroyed, I show myself to be a transgressor.
Rather, we are sinners if we start rebuilding the old systems I have been destroying of trying to be saved by keeping Jewish laws,
Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? (No great surprise, right?) And are you ready to make the accusation that since people like me, who go through Christ in order to get things right with God, aren’t perfectly virtuous, Christ must therefore be an accessory to sin? The accusation is frivolous. If I was “trying to be good,” I would be rebuilding the same old barn that I tore down. I would be acting as a charlatan.
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
But if I build up again those things I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a lawbreaker.
If I rebuild something that I’ve torn down, I admit that I was wrong to tear it down.
But if I am building up again those things that I tore down, then I show myself to be a transgressor.
For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor.
But I would really be wrong to begin teaching again those things that I gave up.
But if I build up again those things I once destroyed, I demonstrate that I am one who breaks God’s law.
Suppose I build again what I had destroyed. Then I would really be breaking the law.
If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker.
If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a law-breaker.
For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
But if I work toward being made right with God by keeping the Law, then I make myself a sinner.
Rather, I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down.
But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor.
But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor.
But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor.
But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor.
For if what I destroyed, these things I again rebuild (1:23; 5:2), I display myself to be a poshei’a (transgressor).
But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor.
But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor.
For if I rebuild the very things I tore down, I prove myself to be a law-breaker.
If I reconstruct something I have worked so hard to destroy, then I prove myself a sinner.
For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a law-breaker.
If I build up again what I once broke down, I do wrong.
And if I build again things that I have destroyed [Soothly if I build again those things that I destroyed], I make myself a trespasser.
for if the things I threw down, these again I build up, a transgressor I set myself forth;
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