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.
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.
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,
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."
For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty,
"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.
Then they said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die."
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.
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."
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,
"Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?
"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.
"The LORD spoke further to me, saying, 'I have seen this people, and indeed, it is a stubborn people.
"So I fell down before the LORD the forty days and nights, which I did because the LORD had said He would destroy you.
"The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.
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.
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.
He declares His words to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.
"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.'"
For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
"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.
"If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.
for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.
Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision?
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;
The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
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.
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,
But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully,
For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking.