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;
Now, unto Abraham, were spoken the promises - and unto his seed; - He saith not - and unto thy seeds, as of many, but, as of one - and unto thy seed, which is Christ:
(I was standing between Yahweh and you, at that time, to declare unto you the word of Yahweh, - for ye shrank with fear from the presence of the fire, and went not up in the mount) saying: -
What, then, shall we say? Is the law sin? Far be it! On the contrary, I had not discovered, sin, save through law, for even, of coveting, I had not been aware if, the law, had not kept on saying - Thou shall not covet;
For, if the word through messengers spoken became firm, and, every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense,
The same, is he that came to be in the assembly in the desert, with the messenger who was speaking with him in Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, he who welcomed living utterances, to give unto us:
For, the law, worketh out anger, but, where there is no law, neither is there transgression.
And they said unto Moses, Speak, thou, with us, and we will hear, - but let not God speak with us lest we die.
And unto Moses, he said - Come up unto Yahweh - thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, so shall ye bow yourselves down from afar.
And Yahweh said unto Moses, Write for thyself these words, for according to the tenor of these words, have I solemnized with thee, a covenant, and with Israel.
This, is the law - Of him that hath a flux, - And of him from whom goeth an outflow of seed, making unclean thereby;
Or what great nation which hath righteous statutes and regulations, like all this law, which, I, am setting before you to-day?
These words, spake Yahweh unto all the convocation of you in the mount out of the midst of the fire the cloud and the thick gloom, a loud voice, and added not, - and he wrote them upon two tables of stone, and gave them unto me.
And Yahweh spake unto me saying, - I have looked on this people, and lo! a stiff-necked people, it is.
Thus, then lay I prostrate before Yahweh, the forty days and the forty nights that I did lie prostrate, - because Yahweh spake of destroying you.
A prophet out of thy midst of thy brethren like unto me, will Yahweh thy God, raise up unto thee - unto him, shall ye hearken:
And he said - Yahweh from Sinai, came near, - Yea he dawned, out of Seir, upon them, He shone forth out of Mount Paran, Yea he came out of holy myriads, - Out of his right hand proceeded fire to guide them.
Then would he have bidden to destroy them, - had not Moses his chosen, stood in the breach before him, To turn back his wrath from destroying.
Declaring his word unto Jacob, His statutes and his regulations, unto Israel.
But he said unto him - If, unto Moses and the Prophets, they do not hearken, neither, if one, from among the dead, should arise, would they be persuaded.
Because, the law, through Moses, was given, favour and truth, through Jesus Christ, came into existence.
Do not think that, I, will accuse you unto the Father: There, is, who accuseth you, even, Moses, - on whom, ye, have set your hope.
Had I not come and spoken unto them, Sin, had they none; but, now, have they no, excuse, for their sin.
For, not the hearers of law, are righteous with God, but, the doers of law, shall be declared righteous;
What, then, is the preeminence of the Jew? Or what, the profit of his circumcision?
Now we know that, whatsoever things the law saith, to them who are within the law, it speaketh, in order that, every mouth, may be stopped and all the world come, under penal sentence, unto God.
Law, however, gained admission, in order that the fault might abound, but, where the sin abounded, the favour greatly superabounded:
Is, the law, then, against the promises of God? Far be it! For, if a law had been given, which had been able to give life, verily, in law, would have been our righteousness;
But I say: - for as long a time as, the heir, is an infant, he differeth, nothing, from a servant, though, lord of all,
Now we know that, excellent, is the law, if one put it to a lawful use: -
For, not unto messengers, hath he subjected the coming habitable earth of which we are speaking;