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Galatians 5:18 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But if ye are led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But if ye are led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— but if ye are led by the Spirit, ye are not under law.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And, if, by Spirit, ye are being led, ye are not under law.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and if by the Spirit ye are led, ye are not under law.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under the law.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But if yee be lead of the spirit, yee are not vnder the Law.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But if by the Spirit you are led, you are not under the law.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— But if ye are guided by the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But 1161
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
if 1487
{1487} Prime
A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.
ye be led 71
{0071} Prime
A primary verb; properly to lead; by implication to bring, drive, (reflexively) go, (specifically) pass (time), or (figuratively) induce.
<5743> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 271
of 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.
ye are 2075
{2075} Prime
Second person plural present indicative of G1510; ye are.
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
not 3756
{3756} Prime
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
under 5259
{5259} Prime
A primary preposition; under, that is, (with the genitive) of place (beneath), or with verbs (the agency or means, through); (with the accusative) of place (whither [underneath] or where [below]) or time (when [at]).
the law. 3551
{3551} Prime
From a primary word νέμω [[nemo]] (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), generally (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Galatians 5:18

_ _ “If ye are led (give yourselves up to be led) by (Greek) the Spirit, ye are not under the law.” For ye are not working the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:16, Galatians 5:19-21) which bring one “under the law” (Romans 8:2, Romans 8:14). The “Spirit makes free from the law of sin and death” (Galatians 5:23). The law is made for a fleshly man, and for the works of the flesh (1 Timothy 1:9), “not for a righteous man” (Romans 6:14, Romans 6:15).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Galatians 5:13-26.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Galatians 5:18

But if ye are led by the Spirit — Of liberty and love, into all holiness. Ye are not under the law — Not under the curse or bondage of it; not under the guilt or the power of sin.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Galatians 5:16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Psalms 25:4-5 Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. ... Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou [art] the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Psalms 25:8-9 Good and upright [is] the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. ... The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
Psalms 143:8-10 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. ... Teach me to do thy will; for thou [art] my God: thy spirit [is] good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
Proverbs 8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
Isaiah 48:16-18 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there [am] I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me. ... O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:
Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do [them].
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Romans 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
1 John 2:20-27 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. ... But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

ye are:

Galatians 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Romans 6:14-15 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. ... What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
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Dear Gabriel, what was nailed to the cross were the consequences of our breaking God's Law - namely, death. It's wrong to take the phrase "not under the Law" to mean that we are no longer subject to the Law itself. There are too many passages that say otherwise. It's clear that our obedience shows our commitment to the One Who gave the Law. This doesn't mean we can "earn" our justification - that can be had only by faith in the Savior and acknowledging our need for and acceptance of the work He did on our behalf. But if, as James says, the devils also believe and tremble, what is the difference between their dead faith and our living faith? James, the Savior's 1/2 brother, says it's our works. What works? Obedience to the Law - not of sin and death (the carnal nature), but Torah (the Law of life).
Of course you are correct in pointing out that the Messiah would not contradict Himself. The question presented by our translation of a translation is answered by His words in John 14:15 "If you love Me, keep My commands." I believe He is the manifestation in the flesh (please see my note here to Lela on Judges 5:16) of the One Who gave the commands at Sinai, having written them in stone with His own finger - twice!
- eved melekh (5/14/2016 3:33:38 PM)
Not sure what is going on in this verse simply because Jesus said in Mt 5:17 and on this verse we see Paul said we set under the law if we are lead by theSpirit we are not under the law. Is Paul teaching that the law is done away with? What is going on? And did Jesus contradict him self in Luke 16:16 .
- Gabriel (7/19/2015 6:09:19 AM)
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