Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.

King James Version

Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Holman Bible

Why the law then? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise was made would come. [The law] was ordered through angels by means of a mediator.

International Standard Version

Why, then, was the Law added? Because of transgressions, until the descendant came about whom the promise pertained. It was put into effect through angels by means of a mediator.

A Conservative Version

Why then the law? It was added on account of transgressions, until the seed would come to whom it was promised, which was arranged through heavenly agents in the hand of a mediator.

American Standard Version

What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise hath been made; and it was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator.

Amplified

What then was the purpose of the Law? It was added [later on, after the promise, to disclose and expose to men their guilt] because of transgressions and [to make men more conscious of the sinfulness] of sin; and it was intended to be in effect until the Seed (the Descendant, the Heir) should come, to and concerning Whom the promise had been made. And it [the Law] was arranged and ordained and appointed through the instrumentality of angels [and was given] by the hand (in the person) of a go-between [Moses, an intermediary person between God and man].

An Understandable Version

What then is [the benefit of] the law of Moses? It was introduced [as part of God's revelation] in order to define what sin was, until the seed [i.e., Jesus] would come, to whom the promise [of never ending life] was made. The law of Moses was ordained through [the medium of] angels and [delivered] through the hand of an intermediary [i.e., Moses].

Anderson New Testament

What, then, was the purpose of the law? It was added on account of transgressions, (till the offspring should come, to whom the promise was made,) having been appointed through the service of angels, in the hand of a mediator.

Bible in Basic English

What then is the law? It was an addition made because of sin, till the coming of the seed to whom the undertaking had been given; and it was ordered through angels by the hand of a go-between.

Common New Testament

Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.

Daniel Mace New Testament

"To what purpose then was the law?" it was added as a check to transgressors, till the offspring should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels with the intervention of a mediator.

Darby Translation

Why then the law? It was added for the sake of transgressions, until the seed came to whom the promise was made, ordained through angels in the hand of a mediator.

Godbey New Testament

Then what is the law? It was added on account of the transgressions, until the seed to whom the promise was made should come; being ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Goodspeed New Testament

Then what about the Law? It was a later addition, designed to produce transgressions, until the descendant to which the promise was made should come, and it was enacted by means of angels, through an intermediary;

John Wesley New Testament

Wherefore then was the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made: and it was ordained by angels, in the hand of a mediator.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

For what then serves the law? It was added because of rebellions until the seed should come to whom the promise was made, and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Julia Smith Translation

What then the law? It was added on account of transgressions, (till the seed come to whom it was promised;) appointed by angels in the hand of a mediator.

King James 2000

Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the descendant should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Why then the law? It was added on account of transgressions, until the descendant should come to whom it had been promised, having been ordered through angels by the hand of a mediator.

Modern King James verseion

Why then the Law? It was added because of transgressions, until the Seed should come to those to whom it had been promised, being ordained through angels in the Mediator's hand.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Wherefore then serveth the law? The law was added because of transgression - till the seed came, to which the promise was made - and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Moffatt New Testament

Then what about the Law? Well, it was interpolated for the purpose of producing transgressions till such time as the Offspring arrived to whom the Promise was made; also, it was transmitted by means of angels through the agency of an intermediary

Montgomery New Testament

To what purpose, then, was the Law? It was imposed later for the sake of transgressions, until the "Offspring" should come to whom the promise had been made. It was arranged through angels by the hand of a mediator.

NET Bible

Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the descendant to whom the promise had been made. It was administered through angels by an intermediary.

New Heart English Bible

What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the seed should come to whom the promise has been made. It was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator.

Noyes New Testament

To what end then was the Law? It was added because of transgressions, till the offspring should come to whom the promise belongeth, having been ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator.

Sawyer New Testament

What then? The law was added on account of transgressions, till the offspring should come to which the promise was made, being appointed by angels by the hand of a mediator.

The Emphasized Bible

Why, then, the law? Because of the transgressions, it was added, until such time as the seed should come, unto whom the promise had been made, and was given in charge through messengers, at the hand of a mediator;

Thomas Haweis New Testament

To what end then was the law given? It was given on account of transgressions, until that seed should come to whom the promise was made, being delivered through the ministry of angels into the hand of a mediator.

Twentieth Century New Testament

What, then, you ask, was the use of the Law? It was a later addition, to make men conscious of their wrong-doings, and intended to last only till the coming of that 'offspring' to whom the promise had been made; and it was delivered through angels by a mediator.

Webster

What purpose then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Weymouth New Testament

Why then was the Law given? It was imposed later on for the sake of defining sin, until the seed should come to whom God had made the promise; and its details were laid down by a mediator with the help of angels.

Williams New Testament

Then what about the law? It was added later on to increase transgressions, until the descendant to whom the promise was made should come, enacted through the agency of angels in the person of an intermediary.

World English Bible

What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the seed should come to whom the promise has been made. It was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator.

Worrell New Testament

What, then, is the law? It was added because of the transgressions, until the Seed should come to Whom it had been promised; having been arranged through angels in the hand of a mediator.

Worsley New Testament

What then availeth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come, to whom the promise was made; and it was delivered by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Youngs Literal Translation

Why, then, the law? on account of the transgressions it was added, till the seed might come to which the promise hath been made, having been set in order through messengers in the hand of a mediator --

Verse Picture

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
τίς 
Tis 
Usage: 344

οὖν 
Oun 
therefore, then, so, and, now, wherefore, but, not tr,
Usage: 417

serveth the law
νόμος 
Nomos 
law
Usage: 179

It was added
προστίθημι 
Prostithemi 
Usage: 11

χάριν 
Charin 
Usage: 8

παράβασις 
Parabasis 
Usage: 7

ἄχρι ἄχρις 
Achri 
until, unto, till, till 9 , until 9, while 9, even to,
Usage: 43

the seed
σπέρμα 
Sperma 
Usage: 37

ἔρχομαι 
Erchomai 
come, go, , vr come
Usage: 424

to whom
ὅς ἥ ὅ 
Hos 
Usage: 980

ἐπαγγέλλω 
Epaggello 
Usage: 15

and it was ordained
διατάσσω 
Diatasso 
Usage: 14

by
διά 
Dia 
by, through, with, for, for ... sake, therefore , for this cause , because,
Usage: 527

G32
ἄγγελος 
Aggelos 
Usage: 153

in
ἐν 
En 
in, by, with, among, at, on, through,
Usage: 2128

the hand
χείρ 
Cheir 
hand, not tr
Usage: 149

Devotionals

Devotionals about Galatians 3:19

Images Galatians 3:19

Context Readings

The Addition Of The Law

18 For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise. 19 Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made. 20 Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one.


Cross References

Acts 7:53

you who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it."

Galatians 3:16

Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed He does not say, "And to seeds," as referring to many, but rather to one, "And to your seed," that is, Christ.

Deuteronomy 5:5

while I was standing between the LORD and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the LORD; for you were afraid because of the fire and did not go up the mountain. He said,

Romans 7:7-13

What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, "YOU SHALL NOT COVET."

Hebrews 2:2

For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty,

Acts 7:38

"This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; and he received living oracles to pass on to you.

Romans 4:15

for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation.

Exodus 20:19-22

Then they said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die."

Exodus 24:1-12

Then He said to Moses, "Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu and seventy of the elders of Israel, and you shall worship at a distance.

Exodus 34:27-35

Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel."

Leviticus 15:32

This is the law for the one with a discharge, and for the man who has a seminal emission so that he is unclean by it,

Deuteronomy 4:8-9

"Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?

Deuteronomy 5:22-33

"These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly at the mountain from the midst of the fire, of the cloud and of the thick gloom, with a great voice, and He added no more. He wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me.

Deuteronomy 9:13-20

"The LORD spoke further to me, saying, 'I have seen this people, and indeed, it is a stubborn people.

Deuteronomy 9:25-29

"So I fell down before the LORD the forty days and nights, which I did because the LORD had said He would destroy you.

Deuteronomy 18:15-19

"The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.

Deuteronomy 33:2

He said, "The LORD came from Sinai, And dawned on them from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran, And He came from the midst of ten thousand holy ones; At His right hand there was flashing lightning for them.

Psalm 106:23

Therefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood in the breach before Him, To turn away His wrath from destroying them.

Psalm 147:19-20

He declares His words to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.

Luke 16:31

"But he said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.'"

John 1:17

For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

John 5:45-47

"Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope.

John 15:22

"If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.

Romans 2:13

for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.

Romans 3:1-2

Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision?

Romans 3:19-20

Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God;

Romans 5:20-21

The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,

Galatians 3:21-25

Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law.

Galatians 4:1-4

Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything,

1 Timothy 1:8-9

But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully,

Hebrews 2:5

For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking.

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