1 STAND firm in the liberty with which Christ has made you free, and be not again subject to a yoke of servitude. 2 Behold, I Paul tell you, that if you are circumcised Christ will not profit you. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is bound to perform the whole law. 4 You have departed from Christ, whoever of you are justified by the law, you have fallen from the grace. 5 For we wait in spirit for the hope of righteousness, by faith. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails any thing nor uncircumcision, but faith which works by love.
7 You ran well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion is not of him that calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole mass. 10 I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will not be of another mind; but he that troubles you shall bear his sin, whoever he is. 11 And I, brothers, if I preach circumcision, why am I yet persecuted? Then has the offense of the cross ceased. 12 I would that they were cut off that disturb you.
13 For you are called to liberty, brothers, only make not your liberty an occasion for the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fully contained in one precept; you shall love your neighbor as yourself. 15 But if you bite and devour one another, see that you be not consumed one by another.
16 And I say, walk in the Spirit and perform not the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are opposed one to another, so that you do not what you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 For the works of the flesh are manifest, which are, fornication, impurity, lewdness, 20 idolatry, magic, enmities, strife, envy, anger, contentions, dissensions, heresies, 21 murders, drunkenness, revellings and the like, of which I tell you before, as I have also previously told you, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance; against such there is no law. 24 And the [subjects] of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its affections and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.