Galatians 3:21
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New International Version
Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.

New Living Translation
Is there a conflict, then, between God's law and God's promises? Absolutely not! If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it.

English Standard Version
Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law.

Berean Study Bible
Is the Law, then, opposed to the promises of God? Not at all! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come from the Law.

Berean Literal Bible
Is the Law therefore contrary to the promises of God? Never may it be! For if a law had been given being able to impart life, then righteousness indeed would have emerged from out of the Law.

New American Standard Bible
Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law.

King James Bible
Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Is the law therefore contrary to God's promises? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly be by the law.

International Standard Version
So is the Law in conflict with the promises of God? Of course not! For if a law had been given that could give us life, then certainly righteousness would come through the Law.

NET Bible
Is the law therefore opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Is therefore The Written Law contrary to The Promise of God? God forbid! For if a law had been given which was able to give life, truly righteousness would have been by The Written Law.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Does this mean, then, that the laws given to Moses contradict God's promises? That's unthinkable! If those laws could give us life, then certainly we would receive God's approval because we obeyed them.

New American Standard 1977
Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Is the law then against the promises of God? No, in no wise, for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

King James 2000 Bible
Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

American King James Version
Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness should have been by the law.

American Standard Version
Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could make alive, verily righteousness would have been of the law.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Was the law then against the promises of God? God forbid. For if there had been a law given which could give life, verily justice should have been by the law.

Darby Bible Translation
[Is] then the law against the promises of God? Far be the thought. For if a law had been given able to quicken, then indeed righteousness were on the principle of law;

English Revised Version
Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could make alive, verily righteousness would have been of the law.

Webster's Bible Translation
Is the law then against the promises of God? By no means: for if there had been a law given which could give life, verily righteousness would have been by the law.

Weymouth New Testament
God, however, is only one. Is the Law then opposed to the promises of God? No, indeed; for if a Law had been given which could have conferred Life, righteousness would certainly have come by the Law.

World English Bible
Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could make alive, most certainly righteousness would have been of the law.

Young's Literal Translation
the law, then, is against the promises of God? -- let it not be! for if a law was given that was able to make alive, truly by law there would have been the righteousness,
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
20A mediator is unnecessary, however, if there is only one party; but God is one. 21Is the Law, then, opposed to the promises of God? Not at all! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come from the Law. 22But the Scripture pronounces all things confined by sin, so that by faith in Jesus Christ, the promise might be given to those who believe.…
Cross References
Luke 20:16
He will come and kill those tenants, and will give the vineyard to others." And when the people heard this, they said, "May such a thing never happen!"

2 Corinthians 3:7
Now if the ministry of death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at the face of Moses because of its fleeting glory,

Galatians 2:17
But 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!

Galatians 2:21
I do not set aside the grace of God. For if righteousness comes through the Law, Christ died for nothing."

Galatians 6:14
But as for me, may I never boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Hebrews 7:18
So the former commandment is set aside because it was weak and useless

Hebrews 7:19
(for the Law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
Treasury of Scripture

Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness should have been by the law.

the law.

Matthew 5:17-20 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am …

Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yes, we establish …

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

God forbid.

Galatians 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also …

Romans 3:4,6 God forbid: yes, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is …

for.

Galatians 2:19,21 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live to God…

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified …

righteousness.

Romans 3:21,22 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being …

Romans 9:31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, has not …

Romans 10:3-6 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to …

Philippians 3:6-9 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness …

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved …

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