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Commentary On Galatians And Ephesians by Jean Calvin


1 Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty with which Christ hath made us free; and be not again entangled by the yoke of bondage.

2 Behold, I Paul protest to you, that, if ye be circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

3 For I testify again to every man who is circumcised that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

4 Whosoever of you are justified by the law, ye have separated yourselves from Christ; ye are fallen from grace.

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

6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith working by love.

7 Ye were running well. Who hindered you, that ye should not obey the truth?

8 This persuasion is not from him who called you.

9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

10 I am persuaded concerning you in the Lord, that ye will think nothing else; but he that troubleth you shall bear the condemnation, whoever he be.

11 And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? The offense of the cross is abolished.

12 Would that they were even cut off who trouble you!

13 For ye, brethren, have been called to liberty; only make not the liberty an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, namely, this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

15 But if ye bite and devour one another, see that ye be not consumed by one another.

16 Now I say: Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit; and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that ye cannot do those things which ye would wish.

18 But if ye are led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, enmities, strife, emulations, wrath, quarrellings, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I foretell to you, as I also have foretold, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, kindness, fidelity,

23 Meekness, temperance; against such there is no law.

24 And they who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

26 Let us not be desirous of vain-glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

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