1 O THOUGHTLESS Galatians, who has bewitched you before whose eyes Jesus Christ was pictured crucified?
2 Only this I wish to learn from you: Was it because of works of law that you received the Spirit, or because of hearing with faith?
3 Are you so thoughtless? After beginning with spirit are you now finishing with flesh?
4 Have you suffered such things to no purpose? \'97 if it is to no purpose.
5 He who supplies to you the Spirit and works miracles among you, is he doing it because of works of law or because of hearing with faith,
6 just as Abraham had faith in God and it was credited to him for righteousness?
7 You know, then, that those who are of faith \'97 they are children of Abraham.
8 For the Scripture, foreseeing that God would declare the Gentiles righteous because of faith, announced the good news in advance to Abraham, "In you all the Gentiles will be blessed."
9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
10 For all who are of the works of law are under a curse, for it is written, "Cursed is every one who does not abide by all the precepts of the book of the Law and do them."
11 But that by law no one is declared righteous before God is plain, because, "He who is righteous by faith shall live."
12 But the Law is not of faith, but "He who does these things shall live by them."
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse for our sake, for it is written, "Cursed is every one who hangs on a tree,"
14 in order that the blessing of Abraham might in Jesus Christ come on the Gentiles, that they might receive through faith the promise of the Spirit.
15 Brethren, I am speaking humanly, a ratified covenant, although but a man's, no one can set aside or add to.
16 But the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, "and to offsprings," as meaning many, but as if meaning one, "and to your offspring," who is Christ.
17 I mean this, a covenant ratified by God, the Law that came four hundred and thirty years afterward does not annul, so as to defeat the promise.
18 For if the inheritance is by law, it is no longer by promise. But God granted it to Abraham by promise.
19 Why then was the Law? It was added later to make transgressions, until the Offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was arranged through angels by the hand of a mediator.
20 A mediator does not belong to one person, but God is one.
21 Is the Law then against the promises of God? Never! For if a law had been given which could give life, then really righteousness would have come by law.
22 But the Scripture has shut up all under sin that the promise based on faith in Jesus Christ may be given to those who have faith.
23 Before faith came we were guarded under law, shut up waiting for the faith that was to be revealed.
24 Thus the Law became our tutor leading us to Christ, that we might be declared righteous by faith.
25 Now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27 All who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There cannot be Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female: for you all are one in Christ Jesus.
29 If you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring and heirs according to the promise.