1 a Stand 1 fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a b yoke of bondage.
2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that c if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised d that he is 2 a debtor to keep the whole law. 4 e You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; f you have fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit eagerly g wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For h in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but i faith working through love.
7 You j ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. 9 k A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is. 11 And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, l why do I still suffer persecution? Then m the offense of the cross has ceased. 12 n I could wish that those o who trouble you would even 3 cut themselves off!
13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only p do not use liberty as an q opportunity for the flesh, but r through love serve one another. 14 For s all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: t "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 4 15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!
16 I say then: u Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For v the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, w so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But x if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now y the works of the flesh are evident, which are: 5 adultery, 6 fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, 7 murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that z those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But a the fruit of the Spirit is b love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, c goodness, d faithfulness, 23 8 gentleness, self-control. e Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ's f have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 g If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 h Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.