GALATIANS CHAPTER FIVE
1 So Christ has set us free. Stand firm in that
Freedom and do not let yourselves again
Be tangled up in chains of slavery.
2 Listen to me! I, Paul, tell you that if
You let yourselves be circumcised, then Christ
Will be no benefit to you at all.
3 Again I say to every man who lets
Himself be circumcised he has a debt
To follow everything that’s in the law.
4 You who are trying to be justified
By law have been estranged from Christ; you have
Fallen away from grace, 5 for by our faith
And through the Spirit we await the hope
Of righteousness, 6 for in Christ Jesus neither
Circumcision nor uncircumcision
Has any value. All that counts is faith
That works through love. 7 You ran a solid race.
Who cut you off so you would not obey
The truth? 8 It isn’t God who’s done it, for
He has called you. 9 “A little yeast works through
All of the batch of dough.” 10 I’m confident
In God that you will take no other view.
He’ll pay the penalty, whoever he
May be, the one who’s troubling you, 11 and I,
Brothers, if I’m still preaching circumcision,
Why am I being persecuted still?
If I had preached that, I’d be persecuted
No more for then that stumbling block, the cross,
Had been removed. 12 As for those agitators,
I wish that they would do a thorough job,
And go emasculate themselves! 13 You, my
Brothers, were called to freedom, but don’t use
Your freedom to indulge the sinful nature;
Rather, assist each other in God’s love.
14 All of the law is summarized in one
Command, this: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
15 But if you bite and chew on one another,
Watch out or you’ll destroy each other. 16 So
I say then, live according to the Spirit,
And you won’t gratify the cravings of
The sinful nature, 17 for the sinful nature
Desires what is against the Spirit, and
The Spirit what’s against the sinful nature.
They are in conflict with each other, so that
You don’t do what you want; 18 but if you are
Led by the Spirit, you’re not under law.
19 Acts of the sinful flesh are plain to see:
Adultery and immorality,
Impurity and hedonism and
20 Idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, fighting,
Jealousy, anger, selfish pushiness,
Dissensions, factions, 21 envy; drunkenness,
Wild parties, and the like. I warn you now
As I have done before, that those who live
Like this will not receive the kingdom of
God, 22 but the Spirit’s fruit is love, joy, peace,
Patience and kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 And self-control and gentleness. Against
Such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong
To Jesus Christ have crucified the flesh,
Its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by
The Spirit, let’s keep walking with the Spirit.
26 Let’s not become conceited, which would lead
To animosity and hurt indeed.