Galatians 3:23
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New International Version
Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed.

New Living Translation
Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed.

English Standard Version
Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.

Berean Study Bible
Before this faith came, we were held in custody under the Law, locked up until faith should be revealed.

Berean Literal Bible
Now before faith came, we were held in custody under the Law, having been locked up until the faith being about to be revealed,

New American Standard Bible
But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.

King James Bible
But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Before this faith came, we were confined under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith was revealed.

International Standard Version
Now before faith came about, we were held in custody and confined under the Law in preparation for the faith that was to be revealed.

NET Bible
Now before faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But until the faith would come, The Written Law had kept us while we were closed off to the faith that was going to be revealed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We were kept under control by Moses' laws until this faith came. We were under their control until this faith which was about to come would be revealed.

New American Standard 1977
But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But before faith came, we were under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

King James 2000 Bible
But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

American King James Version
But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up to the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

American Standard Version
But before faith came, we were kept in ward under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But before the faith came, we were kept under the law shut up, unto that faith which was to be revealed.

Darby Bible Translation
But before faith came, we were guarded under law, shut up to faith [which was] about to be revealed.

English Revised Version
But before faith came, we were kept in ward under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Webster's Bible Translation
But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up to the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Weymouth New Testament
Before this faith came, we Jews were perpetual prisoners under the Law, living under restraints and limitations in preparation for the faith which was soon to be revealed.

World English Bible
But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, confined for the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Young's Literal Translation
And before the coming of the faith, under law we were being kept, shut up to the faith about to be revealed,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:23-25 The law did not teach a living, saving knowledge; but, by its rites and ceremonies, especially by its sacrifices, it pointed to Christ, that they might be justified by faith. And thus it was, as the word properly signifies, a servant, to lead to Christ, as children are led to school by servants who have the care of them, that they might be more fully taught by Him the true way of justification and salvation, which is only by faith in Christ. And the vastly greater advantage of the gospel state is shown, under which we enjoy a clearer discovery of Divine grace and mercy than the Jews of old. Most men continue shut up as in a dark dungeon, in love with their sins, being blinded and lulled asleep by Satan, through wordly pleasures, interests, and pursuits. But the awakened sinner discovers his dreadful condition. Then he feels that the mercy and grace of God form his only hope. And the terrors of the law are often used by the convincing Spirit, to show the sinner his need of Christ, to bring him to rely on his sufferings and merits, that he may be justified by faith. Then the law, by the teaching of the Holy Spirit, becomes his loved rule of duty, and his standard for daily self-examination. In this use of it he learns to depend more simply on the Saviour.
Study Bible
The Purpose of 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. 23Before this faith came, we were held in custody under the Law, locked up until faith should be revealed. 24So the Law became our guardian to lead us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.…
Cross References
John 3:34
For the One whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.

Romans 11:32
For God has consigned all men to disobedience, so that He may have mercy on them all.
Treasury of Scripture

But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up to the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

faith came.

Galatians 3:19,24,25 Why then serves the law? It was added because of transgressions, …

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

Hebrews 12:2 Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the …

under.

Galatians 4:4,5,21 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, …

Galatians 5:18 But if you be led of the Spirit, you are not under the law.

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

Romans 6:14,15 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the …

1 Corinthians 9:20,21 And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to …

the faith.

Luke 10:23,24 And he turned him to his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are …

Hebrews 11:13,39,40 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having …

1 Peter 1:11,12 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which …

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