1 Stand fast, therefore, in the freedom with which Christ has freed us, and be not again held fast in the yoke of bondage.
2 Behold, I, Paul, say to you, that if you be circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.
3 And I testify, moreover, to every circumcised person, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
4 You are loosed from Christ, who are justified by the law; you have fallen from favor.
5 But we, through the Spirit, look for the hope of righteousness by faith.
6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith, which works by love.
7 You did run well: who has hindered you from obeying the truth?
8 This persuasion comes not from him who called you.
9 A little leaven leavens the whole mass.
10 I am persuaded concerning you, by the Lord, that you will think nothing differently from me: but he who troubles you shall bear the punishment, whosoever he be.
11 But I, brethren, if I now proclaim circumcision, why am I yet persecuted? Certainly the offense of the cross is abolished.
12 I wish, indeed, they were cut off who subvert you.
13 For you, brethren, have been called into liberty; only use not this liberty for an occasion to the flesh; but through love, assiduously serve one another.
14 «For the whole law is fulfilled by one precept, even by this,» 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'
15 But if you bite and devour one another, take care lest you be consumed by one another.
16 I say, then, walk by the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things you would.
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
19 Now, the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these. Fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 sorcery, enmities, strifes, emulations, wraths, brawlings, factions, sects,
21 envying, murders, intoxications, revellings, and such like: concerning which I foretell you now, as I also have foretold, that they who practice these things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, fidelity,
23 meekness, temperance: against such things there is no law.
24 Besides, they who are Christ's, have crucified the flesh with the passions and lusts.
25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
26 Let us not be vain-glorious, provoking one another, envying one another.