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Book 55 Galatians
THE EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO THE GALATIANS
The Galatians, soon after St. Paul had preached the Gospel to them, were
Galatians Chapter 1
He blames the Galatians for suffering themselves to be imposed upon by
1:1. Paul, an apostle, not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ
1:2. And all the brethren who are with me: to the churches of Galatia.
1:3. Grace be to you, and peace from God the Father and from our Lord
1:4. Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this
1:5. To whom is glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1:6. I wonder that you are so soon removed from him that called you into
1:7. Which is not another: only there are some that trouble you and
1:8. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you
1:9. As we said before, so now I say again: If any one preach to you a
1:10. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? If
1:11. For I give you to understand, brethren, that the gospel which was
1:12. For neither did I receive it of man: nor did I learn it but by the
1:13. For you have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews'
1:14. And I made progress in the Jew's religion above many of my equals
1:15. But when it pleased him who separated me from my mother's womb and
1:16. To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the
1:17. Neither went I to Jerusalem, to the apostles who were before me:
1:18. Then, after three years, I went to Jerusalem to see Peter: and I
1:19. But other of the apostles I saw none, saving James the brother of
1:20. Now the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I lie
1:21. Afterwards, I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
1:22. And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea, which were in
1:23. But they had heard only: He, who persecuted us in times past doth
1:24. And they glorified God in me.
Galatians Chapter 2
The apostle's preaching was approved of by the other apostles. The
2:1. Then, after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem with
2:2. And I went up according to revelation and communicated to them the
2:3. But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Gentile, was compelled
2:4. But because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in
2:5. To whom we yielded not by subjection: no, not for an hour: that the
2:6. But of them who seemed to be some thing, (what they were some time
2:7. But contrariwise, when they had seen that to me was committed the
The gospel of the uncircumcision... The preaching of the gospel to the
2:8. (For he who wrought in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision
2:9. And when they had known the grace that was given to me, James and
2:10. Only that we should be mindful of the poor: which same thing also
2:11. But when Cephas was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face,
I withstood, etc... The fault that is here noted in the conduct of St.
2:12. For before that some came from James, he did eat with the
2:13. And to his dissimulation the rest of the Jews consented: so that
2:14. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly unto the truth of
2:15. We by nature are Jews: and not of the Gentiles, sinners.
2:16. But knowing that man is not justified by the works of the law, but
2:17. But if, while we seek to be justified in Christ, we ourselves also
2:18. For if I build up again the things which I have destroyed, I make
2:19. For I, through the law, am dead to the law, that I may live to
2:20. And I live, now not I: but Christ liveth in me. And that I live
2:21. I cast not away the grace of God. For if justice be by the law,
Galatians Chapter 3
The Spirit, and the blessing promised to Abraham cometh not by the law,
3:1. O senseless Galatians, who hath bewitched you that you should not
3:2. This only would I learn of you: Did you receive the Spirit by the
3:3. Are you so foolish that, whereas you began in the Spirit, you would
3:4. Have you suffered so great things in vain? If it be yet in vain.
3:5. He therefore who giveth to you the Spirit and worketh miracles
3:6. As it is written: Abraham believed God: and it was reputed to him
3:7. Know ye, therefore, that they who are of faith, the same are the
3:8. And the scripture, foreseeing that God justifieth the Gentiles by
3:9. Therefore, they that are of faith shall be blessed with faithful
3:10. For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For
3:11. But that in the law no man is justified with God, it is manifest:
3:12. But the law is not of faith: but he that doth those things shall
3:13. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a
3:14. That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through
3:15. Brethren (I speak after the manner of man), yet a man's testament,
3:16. To Abraham were the promises made and to his seed. He saith not:
3:17. Now this I say: that the testament which was confirmed by God, the
3:18. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise.
3:19. Why then was the law? It was set because of transgressions, until
Because of transgressions... To restrain them from sin, by fear and
3:20. Now a mediator is not of one: but God is one.
3:21. Was the law then against the promises of God: God forbid! For if
3:22. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise,
Hath concluded all under sin... that is, hath declared all to be under
3:23. But before the faith came, we were kept under the law shut up,
3:24. Wherefore the law was our pedagogue in Christ: that we might be
Pedagogue... That is, schoolmaster, conductor, or instructor.
3:25. But after the faith is come, we are no longer under a pedagogue.
3:26. For you are all the children of God, by faith in Christ Jesus.
3:27. For as many of you as have been baptized in Christ have put on
3:28. There is neither Jew nor Greek: there is neither bond nor free:
Neither Jew, etc... That is, no distinction of Jew, etc.
3:29. And if you be Christ's, then are you the seed of Abraham, heirs
Galatians Chapter 4
Christ has freed us from the servitude of the law. We are the freeborn
4:1. As long as the heir is a child, he differeth nothing from a
4:2. But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed by the
4:3. So we also, when we were children, were serving under the elements
Under the elements, etc... That is, under the first rudiments of
4:4. But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent his Son, made
4:5. That he might redeem them who were under the law: that we might
4:6. And because you are sons, God hath sent the Spirit of his Son into
4:7. Therefore, now he is not a servant, but a son. And if a son, an
4:8. But then indeed, not knowing God, you served them who, by nature,
4:9. But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known by God:
4:10. You observe days and months and times, and years.
You observe days, etc... He speaks not of the observation of the Lord's
4:11. I am afraid of you, lest perhaps I have laboured in vain among
4:12. Be ye as I, because I also am as you brethren, I beseech you. You
4:13. And you know how, through infirmity of the flesh, I preached the
4:14. You despised not, nor rejected: but received me as an angel of
4:15. Where is then your blessedness? For I bear you witness that, if it
4:16. Am I then become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
4:17. They are zealous in your regard not well: but they would exclude
4:18. But be zealous for that which is good in a good thing always: and
4:19. My little children, of whom I am in labour again, until Christ be
4:20. And I would willingly be present with you now and change my voice:
4:21. Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, have you not read
4:22. For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a
4:23. But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh:
4:24. Which things are said by an allegory. For these are the two
4:25. For Sina is a mountain in Arabia, which hath affinity to that
4:26. But that Jerusalem which is above is free: which is our mother.
4:27. For it is written: Rejoice, thou barren, that bearest not: break
4:28. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
4:29. But as then he that was born according to the flesh persecuted him
4:30. But what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son:
4:31. So then, brethren, we are not the children of the bondwoman but of
Galatians Chapter 5
He exhorts them to stand to their Christian liberty. Of the fruits of
5:1. Stand fast and be not held again under the yoke of bondage.
5:2. Behold, I Paul tell you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall
5:3. And I testify again to every man circumcising himself that he is a
5:4. You are made void of Christ, you who are justified in the law: you
5:5. For we in spirit, by faith, wait for the hope of justice.
5:6. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing nor
5:7. You did run well. What hath hindered you, that you should not obey
5:8. This persuasion is not from him that calleth you.
5:9. A little leaven corrupteth the whole lump.
5:10. I have confidence in you in the Lord that you will not be of
5:11. And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer
5:12. I would they were even cut off, who trouble you.
5:13. For you, brethren, have been called unto liberty. Only make not
5:14. For all the law is fulfilled in one word: Thou shalt love thy
5:15. But if you bite and devour one another: take heed you be not
5:16. I say then: Walk in the spirit: and you shall not fulfill the
5:17. For the flesh lusteth against the spirit: and the spirit against
5:18. But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under the law.
5:19. Now the works of the flesh are manifest: which are fornication,
5:20. Idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths,
5:21. Envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the
5:22. But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience,
5:23. Mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity. Against such there
5:24. And they that are Christ's have crucified their flesh, with the
5:25. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
5:26. Let us not be made desirous of vain glory, provoking one another,
Galatians Chapter 6
He exhorts to charity, humility and all virtue. He glories in nothing
6:1. Brethren, and if a man be overtaken in any fault, you, who are
6:2. Bear ye one another's burdens: and so you shall fulfil the law of
6:3. For if any man think himself to be some thing, whereas he is
6:4. But let every one prove his own work: and so he shall have glory in
6:5. For every one shall bear his own burden.
6:6. And let him that is instructed in the word communicate to him that
6:7. Be not deceived: God is not mocked.
6:8. For what things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap. For he
6:9. And in doing good, let us not fail. For in due time we shall reap,
6:10. Therefore, whilst we have time, let us work good to all men, but
6:11. See what a letter I have written to you with my own hand.
6:12. For as many as desire to please in the flesh, they constrain you
6:13. For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law: but
6:14. But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord
6:15. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor
6:16. And whosoever shall follow this rule, peace on them and mercy: and
6:17. From henceforth let no man be troublesome to me: for I bear the
6:18. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren.
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