Galatians 2:18
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New International Version
If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker.

New Living Translation
Rather, I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down.

English Standard Version
For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor.

Berean Study Bible
If I rebuild what I have already torn down, I prove myself to be a lawbreaker.

Berean Literal Bible
For if I build again these things that I had torn down, I prove myself a transgressor.

New American Standard Bible
"For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor.

King James Bible
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I rebuild the system I tore down, I show myself to be a lawbreaker.

International Standard Version
For if I rebuild something that I tore down, I demonstrate that I am a wrongdoer.

NET Bible
But if I build up again those things I once destroyed, I demonstrate that I am one who breaks God's law.

New Heart English Bible
For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a law-breaker.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if I build those things again that I once destroyed, I have shown about myself that I violate The Covenant.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I rebuild something that I've torn down, I admit that I was wrong to tear it down.

New American Standard 1977
“For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a rebel.

King James 2000 Bible
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

American King James Version
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

American Standard Version
For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a transgressor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if I build up again the things which I have destroyed, I make myself a prevaricator.

Darby Bible Translation
For if the things I have thrown down, these I build again, I constitute myself a transgressor.

English Revised Version
For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a transgressor.

Webster's Bible Translation
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

Weymouth New Testament
Why, if I am now rebuilding that structure of sin which I had demolished, I am thereby constituting myself a transgressor;

World English Bible
For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a law-breaker.

Young's Literal Translation
for if the things I threw down, these again I build up, a transgressor I set myself forth;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:15-19 Paul, having thus shown he was not inferior to any apostle, not to Peter himself, speaks of the great foundation doctrine of the gospel. For what did we believe in Christ? Was it not that we might be justified by the faith of Christ? If so, is it not foolish to go back to the law, and to expect to be justified by the merit of moral works, or sacrifices, or ceremonies? The occasion of this declaration doubtless arose from the ceremonial law; but the argument is quite as strong against all dependence upon the works of the moral law, as respects justification. To give the greater weight to this, it is added, But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ the minister of sin? This would be very dishonourable to Christ, and also very hurtful to them. By considering the law itself, he saw that justification was not to be expected by the works of it, and that there was now no further need of the sacrifices and cleansings of it, since they were done away in Christ, by his offering up himself a sacrifice for us. He did not hope or fear any thing from it; any more than a dead man from enemies. But the effect was not a careless, lawless life. It was necessary, that he might live to God, and be devoted to him through the motives and grace of the gospel. It is no new prejudice, though a most unjust one, that the doctrine of justification by faith alone, tends to encourage people in sin. Not so, for to take occasion from free grace, or the doctrine of it, to live in sin, is to try to make Christ the minister of sin, at any thought of which all Christian hearts would shudder.
Study Bible
Paul Confronts Cephas
17But if, while we seek to be justified in Christ, we ourselves are found to be sinners, does that make Christ a minister of sin? Absolutely not! 18If I rebuild what I have already torn down, I prove myself to be a lawbreaker. 19For through the Law I died to the Law so that I might live to God.…
Cross References
Romans 2:25
Circumcision has value if you observe the Law, but if you break the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.

Romans 3:5
But if our unrighteousness highlights the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unjust to inflict His wrath on us? I am speaking in human terms.
Treasury of Scripture

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