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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Galatians 5:1-26

5  For such freedom* Christ set us free.+ Therefore stand fast,+ and do not let yourselves be confined again in a yoke of slavery.+  See! I, Paul, am telling YOU that if YOU become circumcised,+ Christ will be of no benefit to YOU.  Moreover, I bear witness again to every man getting circumcised that he is under obligation to perform the whole Law.+  YOU are parted from Christ, whoever YOU are that try to be declared righteous by means of law;+ YOU have fallen away from his undeserved kindness.+  For our part we by spirit are eagerly waiting for the hoped-for righteousness* as a result of faith.+  For as regards Christ Jesus* neither circumcision is of any value nor is uncircumcision,+ but faith+ operating through love+ [is].  YOU were running well.+ Who hindered YOU from keeping on obeying the truth?+  This sort of persuasion is not from the One calling YOU.+  A little leaven ferments the whole lump.+ 10  I am confident+ about YOU who are in union+ with [the] Lord* that YOU will not come to think otherwise; but the one who is causing YOU trouble+ will bear [his] judgment,+ no matter who he may be. 11  As for me, brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? Then, indeed, the stumbling block*+ of the torture stake*+ has been abolished.+ 12  I wish the men who are trying to overturn YOU+ would even get themselves emasculated.*+ 13  YOU were, of course, called for freedom,+ brothers; only do not use this freedom as an inducement for the flesh,+ but through love slave for one another.+ 14  For the entire Law stands fulfilled+ in one saying, namely: “You must* love your neighbor as yourself.”+ 15  If, though, YOU keep on biting and devouring one another,+ look out that YOU do not get annihilated by one another.+ 16  But I say, Keep walking by spirit+ and YOU will carry out no fleshly desire at all.+ 17  For the flesh is against the spirit+ in its desire, and the spirit against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, so that the very things that YOU would like to do YOU do not do.+ 18  Furthermore, if YOU are being led by spirit,+ YOU are not under law.+ 19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest,+ and they are fornication,*+ uncleanness,* loose conduct,*+ 20  idolatry, practice of spiritism,*+ enmities, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, contentions, divisions, sects,* 21  envies, drunken+ bouts, revelries, and things like these. As to these things I am forewarning YOU, the same way as I did forewarn YOU, that those who practice+ such things will not inherit God’s kingdom.+ 22  On the other hand, the fruitage+ of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness,+ faith, 23  mildness, self-control.+ Against such things there is no law.+ 24  Moreover, those who belong to Christ Jesus impaled* the flesh together with its passions and desires.+ 25  If we are living by spirit, let us go on walking orderly also by spirit.+ 26  Let us not become egotistical, stirring up competition+ with one another,* envying one another.+


Or, “With her freedom.” Gr., Tei e·leu·the·ri′ai.
Lit., “hope of righteousness.”
“Jesus.” B omits.
“I am confident in Jehovah concerning you,” J7,8.
Or, “the offense.” Lit., “the fall-causer.” Gr., to skan′da·lon; Lat., scan′da·lum.
See App 5C.
“Would even get themselves emasculated,” P46אABD; J7,8, “would even be cut off from before the eyes of Jehovah.”
Or, “shall.”
See App 5A.
Or, “filthiness; depravity; lewdness.” Gr., a·ka·thar·si′a; J17,22(Heb.), tum·ʼah′. See Eze 22:15 ftn, “Uncleanness.”
Or, “licentiousness; wantonness; shameless conduct.” Gr., a·sel′gei·a; Vgc(Lat.), im·pu·di·ci′ti·a; J18,22(Heb.), zim·mah′. See Pr 10:23 ftn, “Conduct.”
Or, “druggery.” Gr., phar·ma·ki′a. See Re 21:8 ftn, “Spiritism.”
“Sects.” Gr., hai·re′seis; Lat., sec′tae.
Or, “fastened on a stake (pole).” See App 5C.
Or, “forcing one another to a showdown.”