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Galatians 3:6-11

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3:6 Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, 1  3:7 so then, understand 2  that those who believe are the sons of Abraham. 3  3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, proclaimed the gospel to Abraham ahead of time, 4  saying, “All the nations 5  will be blessed in you.” 6  3:9 So then those who believe 7  are blessed along with Abraham the believer. 3:10 For all who 8  rely on doing the works of the law are under a curse, because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not keep on doing everything written in the book of the law. 9  3:11 Now it is clear no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous one will live by faith. 10 

1 sn A quotation from Gen 15:6.

2 tn Grk “know.”

3 tn The phrase “sons of Abraham” is used here in a figurative sense to describe people who are connected to a personality, Abraham, by close nonmaterial ties. It is this personality that has defined the relationship and its characteristics (BDAG 1024-25 s.v. υἱός 2.c.α).

4 tn For the Greek verb προευαγγελίζομαι (proeuangelizomai) translated as “proclaim the gospel ahead of time,” compare L&N 33.216.

5 tn The same plural Greek word, τὰ ἔθνη (ta eqnh), can be translated as “nations” or “Gentiles.”

6 sn A quotation from Gen 12:3; 18:18.

7 tn Grk “those who are by faith,” with the Greek expression “by faith” (ἐκ πίστεως, ek pistew") the same as the expression in v. 8.

8 tn Grk “For as many as.”

9 tn Grk “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all the things written in the book of the law, to do them.”

sn A quotation from Deut 27:26.

10 tn Or “The one who is righteous by faith will live” (a quotation from Hab 2:4).



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