Galatians 3:19
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New International Version
Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator.

New Living Translation
Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people.

English Standard Version
Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary.

Berean Study Bible
Why then was the Law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the seed to whom the promise referred. It was administered through angels by a mediator.

Berean Literal Bible
Why then the Law? It was added on account of transgressions, until the seed to whom promise has been made should have come, having been ordained through angels in the hand of a mediator.

New American Standard Bible
Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.

King James Bible
Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise was made would come. The law was put into effect through angels by means of a mediator.

International Standard Version
Why, then, was the Law added? Because of transgressions, until the descendant came about whom the promise pertained. It was put into effect through angels by means of a mediator.

NET Bible
Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the descendant to whom the promise had been made. It was administered through angels by an intermediary.

New Heart English Bible
What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise has been made. It was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Why therefore is there The Written Law? It was added because of apostasy until The Seed would come to whom The Promise belonged, and The Written Law was given by Angels in the hand of a mediator.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What, then, is the purpose of the laws given to Moses? They were added to identify what wrongdoing is. Moses' laws did this until the descendant to whom the promise was given came to Abraham. It was put into effect through angels, using a mediator.

New American Standard 1977
Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed should come to whom the promise had been made.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For what then serves the law? It was added because of rebellions until the seed should come to whom the promise was made, and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

King James 2000 Bible
Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the descendant should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

American King James Version
Why then serves the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

American Standard Version
What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise hath been made; and it was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why then was the law? It was set because of transgressions, until the seed should come, to whom he made the promise, being ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Darby Bible Translation
Why then the law? It was added for the sake of transgressions, until the seed came to whom the promise was made, ordained through angels in [the] hand of a mediator.

English Revised Version
What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise hath been made; and it was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator.

Webster's Bible Translation
What purpose then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Weymouth New Testament
Why then was the Law given? It was imposed later on for the sake of defining sin, until the seed should come to whom God had made the promise; and its details were laid down by a mediator with the help of angels.

World English Bible
What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the seed should come to whom the promise has been made. It was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator.

Young's Literal Translation
Why, then, the law? on account of the transgressions it was added, till the seed might come to which the promise hath been made, having been set in order through messengers in the hand of a mediator --
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:19-22 If that promise was enough for salvation, wherefore then serveth the law? The Israelites, though chosen to be God's peculiar people, were sinners as well as others. The law was not intended to discover a way of justification, different from that made known by the promise, but to lead men to see their need of the promise, by showing the sinfulness of sin, and to point to Christ, through whom alone they could be pardoned and justified. The promise was given by God himself; the law was given by the ministry of angels, and the hand of a mediator, even Moses. Hence the law could not be designed to set aside the promise. A mediator, as the very term signifies, is a friend that comes between two parties, and is not to act merely with and for one of them. The great design of the law was, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ, might be given to those that believe; that, being convinced of their guilt, and the insufficiency of the law to effect a righteousness for them, they might be persuaded to believe on Christ, and so obtain the benefit of the promise. And it is not possible that the holy, just, and good law of God, the standard of duty to all, should be contrary to the gospel of Christ. It tends every way to promote it.
Study Bible
The Purpose of the Law
18For if the inheritance depends on the Law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God freely granted it to Abraham through a promise. 19Why then was the Law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the seed to whom the promise referred. It was administered through angels by a mediator. 20A mediator is unnecessary, however, if there is only one party; but God is one.…
Cross References
Exodus 20:19
Then they said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die."

Deuteronomy 5:5
while I was standing between the LORD and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the LORD; for you were afraid because of the fire and did not go up the mountain. He said,

Acts 7:53
you who have received the Law ordained by angels, yet have not kept it."

Romans 5:20
The Law was given so that the trespass would increase; but where sin increased, grace increased all the more,

Galatians 3:16
The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say, "and to seeds," meaning many, but "and to your seed," meaning One, who is Christ.
Treasury of Scripture

Why then serves the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

then.

Romans 3:1,2 What advantage then has the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision…

Romans 7:7-13 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not …

It was added.

Galatians 3:21-24 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there …

Deuteronomy 4:8,9 And what nation is there so great, that has statutes and judgments …

Psalm 147:19,20 He shows his word to Jacob, his statutes and his judgments to Israel…

Luke 16:31 And he said to him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither …

John 5:45-47 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that …

John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin: but now …

Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers …

Romans 3:19,20 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them …

Romans 4:15 Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

Romans 5:20,21 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where …

Romans 7:7-13 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not …

1 Timothy 1:8,9 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully…

till.

Galatians 3:16,25 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, …

Galatians 4:1-4 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing …

by.

Deuteronomy 33:2 And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir to them; …

Acts 7:53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

Hebrews 2:2,5 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression …

in.

Exodus 20:19-22 And they said to Moses, Speak you with us, and we will hear: but …

Exodus 24:1-12 And he said to Moses, Come up to the LORD, you, and Aaron, Nadab, …

Exodus 34:27-35 And the LORD said to Moses, Write you these words: for after the …

Leviticus 15:32 This is the law of him that has an issue, and of him whose seed goes …

Deuteronomy 5:5,22-33 (I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to show you the word …

Deuteronomy 9:13-20,25-29 Furthermore the LORD spoke to me, saying, I have seen this people, …

Deuteronomy 18:15-19 The LORD your God will raise up to you a Prophet from the middle …

Psalm 106:23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen …

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel …

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