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Galatians 5:1

Context
Freedom of the Believer

5:1 For freedom 1  Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke 2  of slavery.

Galatians 5:13

Context
Practice Love

5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; 3  only do not use your freedom as an opportunity to indulge your flesh, 4  but through love serve one another. 5 

1 tn Translating the dative as “For freedom” shows the purpose for Christ setting us free; however, it is also possible to take the phrase in the sense of means or instrument (“with [or by] freedom”), referring to the freedom mentioned in 4:31 and implied throughout the letter.

2 sn Here the yoke figuratively represents the burdensome nature of slavery.

3 tn Grk “brothers.” See note on the phrase “brothers and sisters” in 1:11.

4 tn Grk “as an opportunity for the flesh”; BDAG 915 s.v. σάρξ 2.c.α states: “In Paul’s thought esp., all parts of the body constitute a totality known as σ. or flesh, which is dominated by sin to such a degree that wherever flesh is, all forms of sin are likew. present, and no good thing can live in the σάρξGal 5:13, 24;…Opp. τὸ πνεῦμαGal 3:3; 5:16, 17ab; 6:8ab.”

5 tn It is possible that the verb δουλεύετε (douleuete) should be translated “serve one another in a humble manner” here, referring to the way in which slaves serve their masters (see L&N 35.27).



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