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Galatians 3:2-5

3:2 The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law 1  or by believing what you heard? 2  3:3 Are you so foolish? Although you began 3  with 4  the Spirit, are you now trying to finish 5  by human effort? 6  3:4 Have you suffered so many things for nothing? – if indeed it was for nothing. 3:5 Does God then give 7  you the Spirit and work miracles among you by your doing the works of the law 8  or by your believing what you heard? 9 

1 tn Grk “by [the] works of [the] law,” a reference to observing the Mosaic law.

2 tn Grk “by [the] hearing of faith.”

3 tn Grk “Having begun”; the participle ἐναρξάμενοι (enarxamenoi) has been translated concessively.

4 tn Or “by the Spirit.”

5 tn The verb ἐπιτελεῖσθε (epiteleisqe) has been translated as a conative present (see ExSyn 534). This is something the Galatians were attempting to do, but could not accomplish successfully.

6 tn Grk “in/by [the] flesh.”

7 tn Or “provide.”

8 tn Grk “by [the] works of [the] law” (the same phrase as in v. 2).

9 tn Grk “by [the] hearing of faith” (the same phrase as in v. 2).

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