The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians

1:1Paul, an apostle, (not ofmen, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raisedhim from the dead;) 1:2Andall the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: 1:3Grace be to you and peacefrom God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 1:4Who gave himself for our sins,that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to thewill of God and our Father: 1:5To whom be glory for everand ever. Amen.

1:6I marvel that ye are sosoon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ untoanother gospel: 1:7Which isnot another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert thegospel of Christ. 1:8Butthough we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you thanthat which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 1:9As we said before, so say I nowagain, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that yehave received, let him be accursed.

1:10For do I now persuademen, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, Ishould not be the servant of Christ. 1:11But I certify you, brethren, thatthe gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 1:12For I neither received it of man,neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1:13For ye have heard of myconversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measureI persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 1:14And profited in the Jews’religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedinglyzealous of the traditions of my fathers. 1:15But when it pleased God, whoseparated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 1:16To reveal his Son in me,that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred notwith flesh and blood: 1:17Neither went I up to Jerusalem tothem which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returnedagain unto Damascus. 1:18Thenafter three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with himfifteen days. 1:19But otherof the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother. 1:20Now the things which I write untoyou, behold, before God, I lie not. 1:21Afterwards I came into theregions of Syria and Cilicia; 1:22And was unknown by face unto thechurches of Judaea which were in Christ: 1:23But they had heard only, That hewhich persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once hedestroyed. 1:24And theyglorified God in me.

2:1Then fourteen yearsafter I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus withme also. 2:2And I wentup by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preachamong the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lestby any means I should run, or had run, in vain. 2:3But neither Titus, who was withme, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: 2:4And that because of false brethrenunawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which wehave in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: 2:5To whom we gave place bysubjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel mightcontinue with you. 2:6But ofthese who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh nomatter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed tobe somewhat in conference added nothing to me: 2:7But contrariwise, when they sawthat the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as thegospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; 2:8(For he that wrought effectuallyin Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in metoward the Gentiles:) 2:9Andwhen James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived thegrace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right handsof fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they untothe circumcision. 2:10Onlythey would that we should remember the poor; the same which I alsowas forward to do. 2:11Butwhen Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because hewas to be blamed. 2:12Forbefore that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: butwhen they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them whichwere of the circumcision. 2:13And the other Jews dissembledlikewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with theirdissimulation. 2:14But when Isaw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, Isaid unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest afterthe manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou theGentiles to live as do the Jews? 2:15We who are Jews by nature,and not sinners of the Gentiles, 2:16Knowing that a man is notjustified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, evenwe have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faithof Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the lawshall no flesh be justified. 2:17But if, while we seek to bejustified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, istherefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. 2:18For if I build again the thingswhich I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 2:19For I through the law am dead tothe law, that I might live unto God. 2:20I am crucified with Christ:nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the lifewhich I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, wholoved me, and gave himself for me. 2:21I do not frustrate the grace ofGod: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead invain.

3:1O foolish Galatians,who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whoseeyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 3:2This only would I learn ofyou, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing offaith? 3:3Are ye so foolish?having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 3:4Have ye suffered so many things invain? if it be yet in vain. 3:5He therefore that ministereth toyou the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by theworks of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3:6Even as Abraham believed God, andit was accounted to him for righteousness.

3:7Know ye therefore thatthey which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 3:8And the scripture, foreseeing thatGod would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospelunto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 3:9So then they which be of faith areblessed with faithful Abraham. 3:10For as many as are of the worksof the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of thelaw to do them. 3:11But thatno man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident:for, The just shall live by faith. 3:12And the law is not of faith: but,The man that doeth them shall live in them. 3:13Christ hath redeemed us from thecurse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursedis every one that hangeth on a tree: 3:14That the blessing of Abrahammight come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive thepromise of the Spirit through faith. 3:15Brethren, I speak after themanner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if itbe confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. 3:16Now to Abraham and his seed werethe promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one,And to thy seed, which is Christ. 3:17And this I say, that thecovenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which wasfour hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should makethe promise of none effect. 3:18For if the inheritance beof the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it toAbraham by promise. 3:19Wherefore then serveth thelaw? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come towhom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in thehand of a mediator. 3:20Now amediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. 3:21Is the law then againstthe promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given whichcould have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 3:22But the scripture hathconcluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ mightbe given to them that believe.

3:23But before faith came,we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwardsbe revealed. 3:24Whereforethe law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we mightbe justified by faith. 3:25But after that faith is come, weare no longer under a schoolmaster. 3:26For ye are all the children ofGod by faith in Christ Jesus. 3:27For as many of you as have beenbaptized into Christ have put on Christ. 3:28There is neither Jew nor Greek,there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for yeare all one in Christ Jesus. 3:29And if ye be Christ’s,then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

4:1Now I say, Thatthe heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant,though he be lord of all; 4:2But is under tutors and governorsuntil the time appointed of the father. 4:3Even so we, when we were children,were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4:4But when the fulness of the timewas come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 4:5To redeem them that wereunder the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 4:6And because ye are sons, God hathsent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 4:7Wherefore thou art no morea servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

4:8Howbeit then, when yeknew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 4:9But now, after that yehave known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weakand beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 4:10Ye observe days, and months, andtimes, and years. 4:11I amafraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

4:12Brethren, I beseechyou, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have notinjured me at all. 4:13Yeknow how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you atthe first. 4:14And mytemptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; butreceived me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. 4:15Where is then the blessedness yespake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, yewould have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. 4:16Am I therefore become your enemy,because I tell you the truth? 4:17They zealously affect you,but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affectthem. 4:18But it isgood to be zealously affected always in a good thing, andnot only when I am present with you. 4:19My little children, of whom Itravail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, 4:20I desire to be present with younow, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

4:21Tell me, ye thatdesire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 4:22For it is written, that Abrahamhad two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 4:23But he who was of thebondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was bypromise. 4:24Which things arean allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mountSinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 4:25For this Agar is mount Sinai inArabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage withher children. 4:26ButJerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. 4:27For it is written, Rejoice,thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou thattravailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she whichhath an husband. 4:28Now we,brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 4:29But as then he that was bornafter the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, evenso it is now. 4:30Nevertheless what saith thescripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of thebondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the free woman. 4:31So then, brethren, we are notchildren of the bondwoman, but of the free.

5:1Stand fast therefore inthe liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled againwith the yoke of bondage.

5:2Behold, I Paul say untoyou, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 5:3For I testify again to every manthat is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 5:4Christ is become of no effect untoyou, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5:5For we through the Spiritwait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 5:6For in Jesus Christ neithercircumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith whichworketh by love. 5:7Ye didrun well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 5:8This persuasion cometh notof him that calleth you. 5:9Alittle leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 5:10I have confidence in you throughthe Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth youshall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. 5:11And I, brethren, if I yet preachcircumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of thecross ceased. 5:12I wouldthey were even cut off which trouble you. 5:13For, brethren, ye have beencalled unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to theflesh, but by love serve one another. 5:14For all the law is fulfilled inone word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 5:15But if ye bite and devourone another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 5:16This I say then, Walk inthe Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 5:17For the flesh lusteth against theSpirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the oneto the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 5:18But if ye be led of the Spirit,ye are not under the law. 5:19Now the works of the flesh aremanifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,lasciviousness, 5:20Idolatry,witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions,heresies, 5:21Envyings,murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell youbefore, as I have also told you in time past, that they which dosuch things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 5:22But the fruit of the Spirit islove, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 5:23Meekness, temperance: againstsuch there is no law. 5:24Andthey that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections andlusts. 5:25If we live in theSpirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 5:26Let us not be desirous of vainglory, provoking one another, envying one another.

6:1Brethren, if a man beovertaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in thespirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 6:2Bear ye one another’sburdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 6:3For if a man think himself to besomething, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 6:4But let every man prove his ownwork, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not inanother. 6:5For every manshall bear his own burden. 6:6Let him that is taught in the wordcommunicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 6:7Be not deceived; God is notmocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 6:8For he that soweth to his fleshshall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shallof the Spirit reap life everlasting. 6:9And let us not be weary in welldoing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 6:10As we have therefore opportunity,let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of thehousehold of faith. 6:11Yesee how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. 6:12As many as desire to make a fairshew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest theyshould suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 6:13For neither they themselves whoare circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, thatthey may glory in your flesh. 6:14But God forbid that I shouldglory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world iscrucified unto me, and I unto the world. 6:15For in Christ Jesus neithercircumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 6:16And as many as walkaccording to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon theIsrael of God. 6:17Fromhenceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of theLord Jesus. 6:18Brethren, thegrace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. Authorized King James Version, originally published by Oxford Press, Oxford, 1769