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Galatians 5:16 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But I say, walk by the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But I say, Walk in [the] Spirit, and ye shall no way fulfil flesh's lust.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— I say, moreover—by Spirit, be walking, and, fleshly coveting, ye will in nowise fulfill;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And I say: In the Spirit walk ye, and the desire of the flesh ye may not complete;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— I say then: Walk in the spirit: and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— This I say then, Walke in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But I say to you, Walk in the Spirit, and the desires of the flesh you will not work.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And I say: Walk ye in the Spirit; and never follow the cravings of the flesh.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[This] I say 3004
{3004} Prime
A primary verb; properly to 'lay' forth, that is, (figuratively) relate (in words [usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue]); by implication to mean.
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
then, 1161
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
Walk 4043
{4043} Prime
From G4012 and G3961; to tread all around, that is, walk at large (especially as proof of ability); figuratively to live, deport oneself, follow (as a companion or votary).
<5720> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 592
in the Spirit, 4151
{4151} Prime
From G4154; a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy spirit.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
ye shall y5055
[5055] Standard
From G5056; to end, that is, complete, execute, conclude, discharge (a debt).
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
not 3364
{3364} Prime
οὐ με
ou me
{oo may}
That is, G3756 and G3361; a double negative strengthening the denial; not at all.
fulfil 5055
{5055} Prime
From G5056; to end, that is, complete, execute, conclude, discharge (a debt).
<5661> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 512
the lust 1939
{1939} Prime
From G1937; a longing (especially for what is forbidden).
of the flesh. 4561
{4561} Prime
Probably from the base of G4563; flesh (as stripped of the skin), that is, (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food), or (by extension) the body (as opposed to the soul (or spirit), or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred, or (by implication) human nature (with its frailties (physically or morally) and passions), or (specifically) a human being (as such).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Galatians 5:16

_ _ This I say then — Repeating in other words, and explaining the sentiment in Galatians 5:13, What I mean is this.”

_ _ Walk in the SpiritGreek, “By (the rule of) the (Holy) Spirit.” Compare Galatians 5:16-18, Galatians 5:22, Galatians 5:25; Galatians 6:1-8, with Romans 7:22; Romans 8:11. The best way to keep tares out of a bushel is to fill it with wheat.

_ _ the flesh — the natural man, out of which flow the evils specified (Galatians 5:19-21). The spirit and the flesh mutually exclude one another. It is promised, not that we should have no evil lusts, but that we should “not fulfil” them. If the spirit that is in us can be at ease under sin, it is not a spirit that comes from the Holy Spirit. The gentle dove trembles at the sight even of a hawk’s feather.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Galatians 5:13-26.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Galatians 5:16

I say then — He now explains what he proposed, Galatians 5:13. Walk by the Spirit — Follow his guidance in all things. And fulfil not — In anything. The desire of the flesh — Of corrupt nature.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Galatians 5:16

(15) [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

(15) He acknowledges the great weakness of the godly, because they are but in part regenerated: but he exhorts them to remember that they are endued with the Spirit of God, who has delivered them from the slavery of sin, and so from the Law, inasmuch as it is the power of sin, so that they should not give themselves to lusts.

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I say:

Galatians 3:17 And this I say, [that] the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
1 Corinthians 7:29 But this I say, brethren, the time [is] short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;


Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Romans 8:1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:4-5 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. ... For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Romans 8:12-14 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. ... For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently:
1 Peter 4:6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
Jude 1:19-21 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. ... Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.


Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, ... Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Romans 13:13-14 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. ... But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].
2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Colossians 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Colossians 3:5-10 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: ... And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech [you] as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
1 Peter 4:1-4 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; ... Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with [them] to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of [you]:
1 John 2:15-16 Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. ... For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

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