5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision carries any weight – the only thing that matters is faith working through love. 1
5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; 2 only do not use your freedom as an opportunity to indulge your flesh, 3 but through love serve one another. 4 5:14 For the whole law can be summed up in a single commandment, 5 namely, “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” 6
1 tn Grk “but faith working through love.”
3 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 σάρξ…Gal 5:13, 24;…Opp. τὸ πνεῦμα…Gal 3:3; 5:16, 17ab; 6:8ab.”
4 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).
5 tn Or “can be fulfilled in one commandment.”
7 tn That is, the fruit the Spirit produces.
8 sn Another way to punctuate this is “love” followed by a colon (love: joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). It is thus possible to read the eight characteristics following “love” as defining love.
9 tn Or “reliability”; see BDAG 818 s.v. πίστις 1.a.