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!New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.