Parallel Verses

Holman Bible

Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise was made would come. The law was put into effect through angels by means of a mediator.

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.

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 from the law, it is no longer from the promise; but God granted it to Abraham through the promise. 19 Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise was made would come. The law was put into effect through angels by means of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator is not for just one person, but God is one.


Cross References

Acts 7:53

You received the law under the direction of angels and yet have not kept it.”

Galatians 3:16

Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say “and to seeds,” as though referring to many, but referring to one, and to your seed, who is Christ.

Deuteronomy 5:5

At that time I was standing between the Lord and you to report the word of the Lord to you, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up the mountain. And He said:

Romans 7:7-13

What should we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin if it were not for the law. For example, I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, Do not covet.

Hebrews 2:2

For if the message spoken through angels was legally binding and every transgression and disobedience received a just punishment,

Acts 7:38

He is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors. He received living oracles to give to us.

Romans 4:15

For the law produces wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression.

Exodus 20:19-22

“You speak to us, and we will listen,” they said to Moses, “but don’t let God speak to us, or we will die.”

Exodus 24:1-12

Then He said to Moses, “Go up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and 70 of Israel’s elders, and bow in worship at a distance.

Exodus 34:27-35

The Lord also said to Moses, “Write down these words, for I have made a covenant with you and with Israel based on these words.”

Leviticus 15:32

This is the law for someone with a discharge: a man who has an emission of semen, becoming unclean by it;

Deuteronomy 4:8-9

And what great nation has righteous statutes and ordinances like this entire law I set before you today?

Deuteronomy 5:22-33

“The Lord spoke these commands in a loud voice to your entire assembly from the fire, cloud, and thick darkness on the mountain; He added nothing more. He wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me.

Deuteronomy 9:13-20

The Lord also said to me, ‘I have seen this people, and indeed, they are a stiff-necked people.

Deuteronomy 9:25-29

“I fell down in the presence of the Lord 40 days and 40 nights because the Lord had threatened to destroy you.

Deuteronomy 18:15-19

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.

Deuteronomy 33:2

He said:The Lord came from Sinai
and appeared to them from Seir;
He shone on them from Mount Paran
and came with ten thousand holy ones,
with lightning from His right hand for them.

Psalm 106:23

So He said He would have destroyed them—
if Moses His chosen one
had not stood before Him in the breach
to turn His wrath away from destroying them.

Psalm 147:19-20

He declares His word to Jacob,
His statutes and judgments to Israel.

Luke 16:31

“But he told him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’”

John 1:17

for the law was given through Moses,
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

John 5:45-47

Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope.

John 15:22

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

Romans 2:13

For the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be declared righteous.

Romans 3:1-2

So what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the benefit of circumcision?

Romans 3:19-20

Now we know that whatever the law says speaks to those who are subject to the law, so that every mouth may be shut and the whole world may become subject to God’s judgment.

Romans 5:20-21

The law came along to multiply the trespass. But where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more

Galatians 3:21-25

Is the law therefore contrary to God’s promises? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly be by the law.

Galatians 4:1-4

1 Now I say that as long as the heir is a child, he differs in no way from a slave, though he is the owner of everything.

1 Timothy 1:8-9

But we know that the law is good, provided one uses it legitimately.

Hebrews 2:5

For He has not subjected to angels the world to come that we are talking about.

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