Paul, an apostle, not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus, the Messiah, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;
And all the brethren who are with me, to the churches of Galatia.
Grace to you and peace from God the Father, and [from] our master Jesus, the Messiah,
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.
To whom [is] glory forever and ever. Amen.
I marvel that you are so soon removed from him who called you into the grace of the Messiah to another Gospel.
Who is not another; but there are some who trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of the Messiah.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
As we said before, so say I now again, 'If any [man] preaches any other Gospel to you than that you have received, let him be accursed.'
For 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 the Messiah.
But I certify you, brethren, that the Gospel which was preached by me is not after man.
For I neither received it by man, neither was I taught [it], but by the revelation of Jesus the Messiah.
For you 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.
And profited in the Jews' religion above many of my equals in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called [me] by His grace,
To reveal His son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I did not confer with flesh and blood.
Neither did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him for fifteen days.
But I saw no other apostles, except James, the master's brother.
Now the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I do not lie.
Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;
And was unknown by face to the churches of Judaea which were in the Messiah.
But they had heard only, 'That he who persecuted us in times past now preaches the faith which he once destroyed.'
And they glorified God in me.
Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with [me] also.
And I went up by revelation, and communicated to those that Gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, unless by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.
But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.
And that because of false brethren, brought in unawares, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in the Messiah Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage.
To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the Gospel might continue with you.
But of these who seemed to be somewhat, whatever they were, it makes no matter to me, God accepts no man's person. For those who seemed [to be somewhat] in conference added nothing to me.
But to the contrary, when they saw that the Gospel of the uncircumcision was committed to me, as [the Gospel] of the circumcision [was] to Peter;
For the one working effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles.
And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we [should go] to the heathen, and they to the circumcision.
Only [they willed] that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.
But when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
For before that some came from James, he ate with the Gentiles, but when they had come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.
And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas was also carried away with their dissimulation.
But when I saw that they did not walk uprightly according to the truth of the Gospel, I said to Peter before [them] all, 'If you, being a Jew, live after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why do you compel the Gentiles to live as the Jews do?'
We [who are] Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus, the Messiah, even we have believed in Jesus, the Messiah, that we might be justified by the faith of the Messiah, and not by the works of the law, for by the works of the law no flesh will be justified.
But if, while we seek to be justified by the Messiah, we ourselves are also found sinners, [is] therefore the Messiah the minister of sin? God forbid.
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
For I, through the law, am dead to the law, that I might live to God.
I am crucified with the Messiah, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but the Messiah lives 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.
I do not frustrate the grace of God, for if righteousness [comes] by the law, then the Messiah is dead in vain.
O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus, the Messiah, has been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
This I would only learn of you, 'Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?'
Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh?
Have you suffered so many things in vain? If [it is] yet in vain.
And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the Gospel to Abraham, [saying], 'In you all nations will be blessed.' [*Genesis 22:18]
And the law is not of faith, but, 'The man who does them will live in them.' [*Leviticus 18:5]
The Messiah has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us, for it is written, 'Cursed [is] every one who hangs on a tree.'
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus, the Messiah; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He does not say, 'And to seeds,' as of many; but as of one, and to your seed, which is the Messiah.
And I say this, [that] the covenant, that was confirmed before by God in the Messiah, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after [*Genesis 15:13, *Exodus 12:40 - 41], cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
For if the inheritance [is] of the law, [it is] no more of promise, but God gave [it] to Abraham by promise.
Why then [serves] 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.
Now a mediator is not [a mediator] of one, but God is one.
[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.
But the Scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus, the Messiah, might be given to those who believe.
But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up to the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Therefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] to the Messiah, that we might be justified by faith.
For you are all the children of God [*5:18] by faith in the Messiah, Jesus.
For as many of you who have been baptized into the Messiah have put on the Messiah.
There is neither Jew or Greek, there is neither bond or free, there is neither male or female, for you are all one in the Messiah, Jesus.
And if you [are] the Messiah's, then are you Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Now I say, [that] the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he is master of all;
But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world.
But when the fullness of the time has come, God sent forth His son, made of a woman, made under the law,
To redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His son into your hearts, crying, 'Abba, Father.'
Therefore you are no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through the Messiah.
Howbeit then, when you did not know God, you did service to those who by nature are not gods.
But now, after you have known God, or rather are known of God, how do you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereto you desire again to be in bondage?
You observe days, and months, and times, and years.
I am afraid of you, unless I have bestowed upon you labor in vain.
Brethren, I beseech you, be as I [am]; for I [am] as you [are], you have not injured me at all.
You know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the Gospel to you at the first.
And my temptation which was in my flesh you did not despise, nor reject; but received me as an angel of God, [even] as the Messiah, Jesus.
Where then is the blessedness you spoke of? For I bear record, that, if [it had been] possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.
Have I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
They zealously affect you, [but] not well; indeed , they would exclude you, that you might affect them.
But [it is] good to be zealously affected always in [a] good [thing], and not only when I am present with you.
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until the Messiah is formed in you,
I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.
Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law?
For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bond maid, the other by a free woman.
But he [who was] of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the free woman [was] by promise.
Which things are an allegory, for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which generates to bondage, which is Agar.
For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
For it is written, 'Rejoice, [you] barren who do not bear; break forth and cry, you who do not travail, for the desolate has many more children than she who has a husband.' [*Isaiah 54:1]
Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? "Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman will not be an heir with the son of the free woman." [*Genesis 21:10]
So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty whereby the Messiah has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Behold, I Paul say to you, that if you are circumcised, the Messiah will profit you nothing.
For I testify again to every man who is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
The Messiah has become of no effect to you, whoever of you is justified by the law; you have fallen from grace.
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
For in Jesus, the Messiah, neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love.
You did run well; who hindered you that you should not obey the truth?
This persuasion [comes] not of him who calls you.
A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
I have confidence in you through the Lord, that you will not be otherwise minded, but he who troubles you will bear his judgment, whoever he is.
And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.
I wish they were even cut off who trouble you.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; 'You will love your neighbor as yourself.' [*Leviticus 19:18]
But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you are not consumed by one another.
[This] I say then, 'Walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.'
For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh, and these are contrary to the other, so that you cannot do the things that you would.
But if you are led of the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like, of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in times past, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance, against such there is no law.
And those who are the Messiah's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, unless you are also tempted.
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of the Messiah.
For if a man thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
But let every man prove his own work, and then will he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
For every man will bear his own burden.
Let him who is taught in the word communicate to him who teaches in all good things.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap.
For he who sows to his flesh will reap corruption of the flesh; but he who sows to the Spirit will reap life everlasting of the Spirit.
And let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we will reap, if we do not faint.
As we therefore have opportunity, let us do good to all [men], especially to those who are of the household of faith.
You see how large a letter I have written to you with my own hand.
As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only unless they should suffer persecution for the cross of the Messiah.
For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
But God forbid that I should glory, except in the cross of our master Jesus, the Messiah, by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world.
For in the Messiah, Jesus, neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
And as many who walk according to this rule, peace [be] on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
From now on let no man trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the master Jesus.
Brethren, the grace of our master Jesus, the Messiah, [be] with your spirit. Amen. <<[To [the] Galatians written from Rome.]>>