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Galatians 3

Galatians 3
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A page showing Galatia 1:2-10 on Papyrus 51, ca. AD 400.
Book Epistle to the Galatians
Bible part New Testament
Order in the Bible part 9
Category Pauline epistles

Galatians 3 is the third chapter of the Epistle to the Galatians in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It is authored by Paul of Tarsus and "the brethren that are with" him.[1][2]


  • Text 1
  • Structure 2
  • Cross references 3
  • Verse 6 4
  • Verse 13 5
  • Verse 16 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9



This chapter can be grouped (with cross references to other parts of the Bible):

  • Galatians 3:1-9 = Justification by Faith
  • Galatians 3:10-14 = The Law Brings a Curse
  • Galatians 3:15-18 = The Changeless Promise
  • Galatians 3:19-25 = Purpose of the Law
  • Galatians 3:26-29 = Sons and Heirs

Cross references

  • Galatians 3:6: Genesis 15:6
  • Galatians 3:8: Genesis 12:3; 18:18; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14
  • Galatians 3:10: Deuteronomy 27:26
  • Galatians 3:11: Habakkuk 2:4
  • Galatians 3:12: Leviticus 18:5
  • Galatians 3:13: Deuteronomy 21:23
  • Galatians 3:16: Genesis 12:7; 13:15; 24:7

Verse 6

New King James Version

just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[3]

Paul cited from the Old Testament, Genesis 15:6.

Verse 13

New King James Version

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),[4]
  • Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law

The Redeemer is Christ, the Son of God; who was appointed and called to this work by his Father, and which he himself agreed to; he was spoken of in prophecy under this character; he came as such, and has obtained eternal redemption, for which he was abundantly qualified; as man, he was a near kinsman, to whom the right of redemption belonged; and as God, he was able to accomplish it. The persons redeemed are "us", God's elect, both of Jews and Gentiles; a peculiar people, the people of Christ, whom the Father gave unto him; some out of every kindred, tongue, people, and nation: the blessing obtained for them is redemption; a buying of them again, as the word signifies; they were his before by the Father's gift, and now he purchases them with the price of his own blood, and so delivers them "from the curse of the law"; its sentence of condemnation and death, and the execution of it; so that they shall never be hurt by it, he having delivered them from wrath to come, and redeemed from the second death, the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. The manner in which this was done was by being[5]

  • made a curse for us;

the sense of which is, not only that he was like an accursed person, looked upon as such by the men of that wicked generation, who hid and turned away their faces from as an abominable execrable person, calling him a sinner, a Samaritan, and a devil; but was even accursed by the law; becoming the surety of his people, he was made under the law, stood in their legal place and stead and having the sins of them all imputed to him, and answerable for them, the law finding them on him, charges him with them, and curses him for them; yea, he was treated as such by the justice of God, even by his Father, who spared him not, awoke the sword of justice against him, and gave him up into his hands; delivered him up to death, even the accursed death of the cross, whereby it appeared that he was made a curse: "made", by the will, counsel, and determination of God, and not without his own will and free consent; for he freely laid down his life, and gave himself, and made his soul an offering for sin:[5]

  • for it is written.

(Deuteronomy 21:23),

  • cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree:

it is in the Hebrew text, (ywlt) , "he that is hanged": which is the very name the Jews.[5]

Verse 16

New King James Version

Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.[6]

Paul cited from the Old Testament, Genesis 12:7; 13:15; 24:7.

See also


  1. ^ Halley, Henry H. Halley's Bible Handbook: an abbreviated Bible commentary. 23rd edition. Zondervan Publishing House. 1962.
  2. ^ Holman Illustrated Bible Handbook. Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. 2012.
  3. ^ Galatians 3:6
  4. ^ Galatians 3:13
  5. ^ a b c , - Galatians 3:13John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
  6. ^ Galatians 3:16

External links

  • Galatians 3 NIV
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