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Paul's Greeting to the Galatians

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« Galatians 1 »
King James Bible
Paul's Greeting to the Galatians
(Ephesians 1:1-2)
1Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised
him from the dead;) 2And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:
3Grace [be] to you and peace from God the Father, and [from] our Lord Jesus Christ, 4Who gave
himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of
God and our Father: 5To whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.
No Other Gospel
6I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto
another gospel: 7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the
gospel of Christ. 8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than
that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now
again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be
10For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I
should not be the servant of Christ.
Paul Defends his Ministry
11But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12For I
neither received it of man, neither was I taught [it], but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
13For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure
I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 14And profited in the Jews' religion above many my
equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 15But
when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called [me] by his grace,
16To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred
not with flesh and blood: 17Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before
me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
Paul Accepted by Apostles and Others
18Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
19But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother. 20Now the things which I
write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not. 21Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and
Cilicia; 22And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ: 23But they
had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he
destroyed. 24And they glorified God in me.
« Galatians 2 »
King James Bible
The Council at Jerusalem
1Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with [me]
also. 2And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach
among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should
run, or had run, in vain. 3But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be
circumcised: 4And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy
out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: 5To whom we
gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
6But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me:
God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed [to be somewhat] in conference added
nothing to me: 7But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was
committed unto me, as [the gospel] of the circumcision [was] unto Peter; 8(For he that wrought
effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the
Gentiles:) 9And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that
was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we [should
go] unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. 10Only [they would] that we should
remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.
Paul Confronts Peter
11But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
12For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were
come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. 13And the
other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their
dissimulation. 14But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the
gospel, I said unto Peter before [them] all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles,
and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
15We [who are] Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16Knowing that a man is not
justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus
Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the
works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 17But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we
ourselves also are found sinners, [is] therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. 18For if I
build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19For I through the law am
dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not
I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of
God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if
righteousness [come] by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
« Galatians 3 »
King James Bible
Faith and Belief
(Genesis 15:1-7; Romans 4:1-12; Hebrews 11:8-19; James 2:14-26)
1O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes
Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2This only would I learn of you,
Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3Are ye so foolish?
having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4Have ye suffered so many
things in vain? if [it be] yet in vain. 5He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh
miracles among you, [doeth he it] by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
6Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7Know ye
therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8And the scripture,
foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto
Abraham, [saying], In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9So then they which be of faith are blessed
with faithful Abraham.
Christ Redeemed Us
(Deuteronomy 21:22-23)
10For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed [is] every
one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11But that
no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, [it is] evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
12And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13Christ hath
redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is]
every one that hangeth on a tree: 14That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles
through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
The Purpose of the Law
(Romans 7:1-6)
15Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though [it be] but a man's covenant, yet [if it be]
confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. 16Now to Abraham and his seed were the
promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is
Christ. 17And this I say, [that] the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law,
which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of
none effect. 18For if the inheritance [be] of the law, [it is] no more of promise: but God gave [it] to
Abraham by promise.
19Wherefore then [serveth] the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should
come to whom the promise was made; [and it was] ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
20Now a mediator is not [a mediator] of one, but God is one. 21[Is] the law then against the
promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily
righteousness should have been by the law. 22But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that
the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
23But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should
afterwards be revealed. 24Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that
we might be justified by faith. 25But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a
Sons Through Faith in Christ
26For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27For as many of you as have been
baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor
free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if ye [be] Christ's,
then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
« Galatians 4 »
King James Bible
Sons and Heirs
(Genesis 21:1-8; Romans 8:12-17)
1Now I say, [That] the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be
lord of all; 2But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3Even so we,
when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4But when the fulness
of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5To redeem
them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6And because ye are
sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7Wherefore
thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Paul's Concern for the Galatians
8Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9But
now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak
and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10Ye observe days, and
months, and times, and years. 11I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
12Brethren, I beseech you, be as I [am]; for I [am] as ye [are]: ye have not injured me at all. 13Ye
know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. 14And my
temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of
God, [even] as Christ Jesus. 15Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record,
that, if [it had been] possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to
me. 16Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? 17They zealously affect
you, [but] not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them. 18But [it is] good to
be zealously affected always in [a] good [thing], and not only when I am present with you. 19My
little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, 20I desire to be present
with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.
Hagar and Sarah
21Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 22For it is written, that
Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 23But he [who was] of
the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman [was] by promise. 24Which
things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which
gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 25For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to
Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26But Jerusalem which is above is
free, which is the mother of us all.
27For it is written, Rejoice, [thou] barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest
not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
28Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 29But as then he that was born
after the flesh persecuted him [that was born] after the Spirit, even so [it is] now.
30Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the
bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
31So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
« Galatians 5 »
King James Bible
Freedom in Christ
1Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again
with the yoke of bondage.
2Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3For I testify
again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4Christ is become
of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5For we
through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6For in Jesus Christ neither
circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
7Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 8This persuasion [cometh]
not of him that calleth you. 9A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 10I have confidence in you
through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his
judgment, whosoever he be. 11And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer
persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. 12I would they were even cut off which
trouble you.
13For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh,
but by love serve one another. 14For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt
love thy neighbour as thyself. 15But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not
consumed one of another.
Living by the Spirit
(Romans 8:9-11)
16[This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17For the flesh
lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the
other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not
under the law. 19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication,
uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife,
seditions, heresies, 21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell
you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit
the kingdom of God. 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24And they that are
Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26Let us not be desirous of vain glory,
provoking one another, envying one another.
« Galatians 6 »
King James Bible
Bear One Another's Burdens
1Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit
of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2Bear ye one another's burdens, and
so fulfil the law of Christ. 3For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he
deceiveth himself. 4But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in
himself alone, and not in another. 5For every man shall bear his own burden.
6Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7Be not
deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8For he that
soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the
Spirit reap life everlasting. 9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap,
if we faint not. 10As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto
them who are of the household of faith.
Paul's Final Warning
11Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. 12As many as desire to
make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer
persecution for the cross of Christ. 13For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the
law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. 14But God forbid that I
should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me,
and I unto the world. 15For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor
uncircumcision, but a new creature.
16And as many as walk according to this rule, peace [be] on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel
of God.
17From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
18Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with your spirit. Amen.