Galatians 5:17
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English Standard Version
For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

King James Bible
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

American Standard Version
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary the one to the other; that ye may not do the things that ye would.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the flesh lusteth against the spirit: and the spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary one to another: so that you do not the things that you would.

English Revised Version
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary the one to the other; that ye may not do the things that ye would.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Weymouth New Testament
For the cravings of the lower nature are opposed to those of the Spirit, and the cravings of the Spirit are opposed to those of the lower nature; because these are antagonistic to each other, so that you cannot do everything to which you are inclined.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Are contrary (ἀντίκειται)

The verb means to lie opposite to; hence to oppose, withstand. The sentence these - to the other is not parenthetical.

So that (ἵνα)

Connect with these are contrary, etc. Ἵνα does not express result, but purpose, to the end that, - the purpose of the two contending desires. The intent of each principle in opposing the other is to prevent man's doing what the other principle moves him to do.

Cannot do (μὴ ποιῆτε)

A mistake, growing out of the misinterpretation of ἵνα noted above. Rather, each works to the end that ye may not do, etc.

The things that ye would (ἃ ἐὰν θέλητε)

The things which you will to do under the influence of either of the two contending principles. There is a mutual conflict of two powers. If one wills to do good, he is opposed by the flesh: if to do evil, by the Spirit.

Galatians 5:17 Parallel Commentaries

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the flesh.

Psalm 19:12,13 Who can understand his errors? cleanse you me from secret faults...

Psalm 51:1-5,10-12 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness...

Psalm 65:3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, you shall purge them away.

Psalm 119:5,20,24,25,32,35,40,133,159 O that my ways were directed to keep your statutes!...

Psalm 119:176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant; for I do not forget your commandments.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man on earth, that does good, and sins not.

Isaiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the middle of a people of unclean lips...

Matthew 16:17,23 And Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it to you...

Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Romans 7:18,21-25 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me...

Romans 8:5,6,13 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...

James 4:5,6 Do you think that the scripture said in vain, The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy...

and these.

Galatians 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life...

Matthew 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathers not with me scatters abroad.

Romans 7:7,8,10-14 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust...

Romans 8:5-8 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...

so.

Psalm 119:4-6 You have commanded us to keep your precepts diligently...

Psalm 130:3 If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Luke 22:33,46,54-61 And he said to him, Lord, I am ready to go with you, both into prison, and to death...

Romans 7:15-23 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I...

Philippians 3:12-16 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after...

James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us...

Cross References
Genesis 6:3
Then the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years."

Romans 7:15
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

Romans 7:18
For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.

Romans 7:23
but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

Romans 8:5
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

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