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Galatians 5:6

5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision carries any weight – the only thing that matters is faith working through love. 1 

Galatians 5:13-14

Practice Love

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 

Galatians 5:22


5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit 7  is love, 8  joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 9 

1 tn Grk “but faith working through love.”

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

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 σάρξGal 5:13, 24;…Opp. τὸ πνεῦμαGal 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.”

6 sn A quotation from Lev 19:18.

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.

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