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Galatians 5

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He wills them to stand in their liberty,

5:1 Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free,

    and donít be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

5:2 Behold, I, Paul, tell you that if you receive circumcision,

    Christ will profit you nothing.

and not to observe circumcision;

5:3 Yes, I testify again to every man who receives circumcision,

    that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

5:4 You are alienated from Christ, you who desire to be justified by the law.

    You have fallen away from grace.

5:5 For we, through the Spirit, by faith wait for the hope of righteousness.

5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision amounts to anything, nor uncircumcision,

    but faith working through love.

5:7 You were running well!

    Who interfered with you that you should not obey the truth?

5:8 This persuasion is not from him who calls you.

5:9 A little yeast grows through the whole lump.

5:10 I have confidence toward you in the Lord that you will think no other way. But he who troubles you will bear his judgment, whoever he is.

5:11 But I, brothers, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been removed.

5:12 I wish that those who disturb you would cut themselves off.

but rather love, which is the sum of the law.

5:13 For you, brothers, were called for freedom. Only donít use your freedom for gain to the flesh, but through love be servants to one another.

5:14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in this:

ďYou shall love your neighbor as yourself.Ē *

5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you donít consume one another.

5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you wonít fulfill the lust of the flesh.

5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, that you may not do the things that you desire.

5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

He reckons up the works of the flesh,

5:19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious, which are:

    adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness,

5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies,

5:21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these;

    of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

and the fruits of the Spirit,

5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is

    love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,

5:23 gentleness, and self-control.

    Against such things there is no law.

5:24 Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.

and exhorts to walk in the Spirit.

5:25 If we live by the Spirit, letís also walk by the Spirit.

5:26 Letís not become conceited, provoking one another, and envying one another.

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