Galatians 5:1
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New International Version
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

New Living Translation
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law.

English Standard Version
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

New American Standard Bible
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

King James Bible
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Christ has liberated us to be free. Stand firm then and don't submit again to a yoke of slavery.

International Standard Version
The Messiah has set us free so that we may enjoy the benefits of freedom. So keep on standing firm in it, and stop putting yourselves under the yoke of slavery again.

NET Bible
For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Stand therefore in that liberty with which The Messiah has set us free, and do not be yoked again in a yoke of bondage.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Christ has freed us so that we may enjoy the benefits of freedom. Therefore, be firm [in this freedom], and don't become slaves again.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free and do not be entangled again with the yoke of slavery.

King James 2000 Bible
Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

American King James Version
Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

American Standard Version
For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Stand fast, and be not held again under the yoke of bondage.

Darby Bible Translation
Christ has set us free in freedom; stand fast therefore, and be not held again in a yoke of bondage.

English Revised Version
With freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.

Webster's Bible Translation
Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Weymouth New Testament
Christ having made us gloriously free--stand fast and do not again be hampered with the yoke of slavery.

World English Bible
Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and don't be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Young's Literal Translation
In the freedom, then, with which Christ did make you free -- stand ye, and be not held fast again by a yoke of servitude;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:1-6 Christ will not be the Saviour of any who will not own and rely upon him as their only Saviour. Let us take heed to the warnings and persuasions of the apostle to stedfastness in the doctrine and liberty of the gospel. All true Christians, being taught by the Holy Spirit, wait for eternal life, the reward of righteousness, and the object of their hope, as the gift of God by faith in Christ; and not for the sake of their own works. The Jewish convert might observe the ceremonies or assert his liberty, the Gentile might disregard them or might attend to them, provided he did not depend upon them. No outward privileges or profession will avail to acceptance with God, without sincere faith in our Lord Jesus. True faith is a working grace; it works by love to God, and to our brethren. May we be of the number of those who, through the Spirit, wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. The danger of old was not in things of no consequence in themselves, as many forms and observances now are. But without faith working by love, all else is worthless, and compared with it other things are of small value.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - (See p. 209.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Stand fast therefore in the liberty,.... There is the liberty of grace, and the liberty of glory; the former of these is here meant, and lies in a freedom from sin; not from the indwelling of it, but from the dominion, guilt, and damning power of it; from the captivity and tyranny of Satan, though not from his temptations and insults; from the law, the ceremonial law, as an handwriting of ordinances, a rigid severe schoolmaster, and a middle wall of partition, and from all its burdensome rites and institutions; from the moral law as a covenant of works, and as administered by Moses; and from the curse and condemnation of it, its bondage and rigorous exaction, and from all expectation of life and righteousness by the deeds of it; but not from obedience to it, as held forth by Christ, and as a rule of walk and conversation; and from the judicial law, or those laws which concerned the Jews as Jews: moreover, this liberty lies in the free use of things indifferent, as eating any sort of food without distinction, so that it be done in faith, with thankfulness to God, in moderation, and with temperance, and so as that the peace and edification of fellow Christians are not hurt; also in the free use of Gospel ordinances, which they that are fellow citizens with the saints have a right unto, but not to lay aside or neglect at pleasure; which is not to use, but to abuse their liberty: again, another branch of it is access to God, with freedom and boldness at the throne of grace, through the Mediator, under the influences of the divine Spirit; to which may be added, a deliverance from the fears of death corporeal, who is a king of terrors to Christless sinners, and which kept Old Testament saints, all their lifetime subject to bondage and eternal, or the second death, by which Christ's freemen are assured they shall not be hurt: now, in this liberty, the children of the free woman, believers under the Gospel dispensation, are very pertinently exhorted to stand fast, in consequence and consideration of their character; that is, they should highly prize and esteem it, as men do their civil liberty; and maintain it and defend it, at all hazards; abide by the doctrine of it without wavering, and with intrepidity; not giving up anyone part of it, however, and by whomsoever, it may be opposed, maligned, and reproached; and keep up the practice of it, by obeying from the heart the doctrine of it, by becoming the servants of righteousness, by frequent attendance at the throne of grace, and continual observance of the ordinances of Christ; and then should take heed of everything that tends to break in upon it, as any doctrine or commandment of men; particularly the doctrine of justification by works, and all sorts of superstition and will worship: and the rather, because of the concern Christ has in this liberty, it is that

wherewith Christ hath made us free; we are not free born, but on the contrary homeborn slaves, as Ephraim was; nor could this liberty in any of its branches be obtained by us, by any merit, righteousness, act, or acts of ours, but is wholly of Christ's procuring for us, both by price and power; whereby he has ransomed and delivered us out of the hands of all our spiritual enemies, sin, Satan, the law, and death; and it is of his proclaiming in the Gospel, and of his applying by his Spirit, whom he sends down into our hearts as a free Spirit, to acquaint us with it, and lead us into it, who works faith in us to lay hold upon, and receive this blessing of grace as others:

and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. The metaphor is taken from oxen put under a yoke, and implicated with it, from which they cannot disengage themselves: some of the members of this church had been Jews, who had formerly been under the yoke of the law, and seemed desirous to return to their former state of bondage, from which the apostle dissuades, and therefore uses the word again: or else he may refer to the bondage of corruption and idolatry, which they as Gentiles were in, before their conversion; and intimates, that to give into the observance of; Jewish rites and ceremonies would be involving themselves in a state of bondage again; for by "the yoke of bandage" he means the law, which the Jews frequently call "the yoke of the commandments" (l); particularly the ceremonial law, as circumcision; which Peter, Acts 15:10 represents as a yoke intolerable; the observation of days, months, times, and years; the multitude of sacrifices, and which could not take away sin; but proclaimed their guilt and obligation to punishment, and were an handwriting of ordinances against them, and thereby they were held and kept in bondage, and such a yoke is the moral law as delivered by Moses, requiring perfect obedience, but giving no strength to perform, nor pointing where any is to be had; showing a man his sin and misery, and so working wrath in his conscience, but giving not the least intimation of a Saviour, or of life and righteousness by another; accusing, pronouncing guilty, cursing, and condemning; hence such as seek for righteousness by it are in a miserable subjection to it, and are sadly implicated and entangled with the yoke of it: every doctrine and ordinance of men is a yoke of bondage which should not be submitted to; nay, any action whatever, performed in a religious way and in order for a man's acceptance with God, and to obtain his favour, and according to his observance of which he judges of his state, and speaks peace and comfort to himself, or the reverse, is a yoke of bondage: as, for instance prayer at such and so many times a day, reading such a number of chapters in the Bible every day, fasting so many times in the week, and the like; so that what are branches of Christian liberty, such as frequent prayer to God, reading the sacred writings for instruction and comfort, and the free use of the creatures, are turned into a yoke of bondage, which should be guarded against.

(l) Misn. Beracot, c. 2. sect. 2. T. Hieros. Beracot, fol. 4. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 5

Ga 5:1-26. Peroration. Exhortation to Stand Fast in the Gospel Liberty, Just Set Forth, and Not to Be Led by Judaizers into Circumcision, or Law Justification: Yet though Free, to Serve One Another by Love: To Walk in the Spirit, Bearing the Fruit Thereof, Not in the Works of the Flesh.

1. The oldest manuscripts read, "in liberty (so Alford, Moberley, Humphry, and Ellicott. But as there is no Greek for 'in,' as there is in translating in 1Co 16:13; Php 1:27; 4:1, I prefer 'It is FOR freedom that') Christ hath made us free (not in, or for, a state of bondage). Stand fast, therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage" (namely, the law, Ga 4:24; Ac 15:10). On "again," see on [2354]Ga 4:9.

Galatians 5:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Freedom in Christ
1It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. 2Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you.…
Cross References
John 8:32
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

John 8:36
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Acts 15:10
Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear?

Romans 8:15
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."

1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

2 Corinthians 11:20
In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or puts on airs or slaps you in the face.

Galatians 2:4
This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves.

Galatians 4:31
Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.

Galatians 5:13
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Treasury of Scripture

Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Stand.

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always …

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having …

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: …

1 Thessalonians 3:8 For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.

2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brothers, stand fast, and hold the traditions which you …

Hebrews 3:6,14 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we…

Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into …

Hebrews 10:23,35-39 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for …

Jude 1:3,20,21 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common …

Revelation 2:25 But that which you have already hold fast till I come.

Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, …

the liberty.

Galatians 5:13 For, brothers, you have been called to liberty; only use not liberty …

Galatians 2:4 And that because of false brothers unawares brought in, who came …

Galatians 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Galatians 4:26,31 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all…

Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation; and uphold me with your free spirit.

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed …

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…

John 8:32-36 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…

Romans 6:14,18 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the …

Romans 7:3,6 So then if, while her husband lives, she be married to another man, …

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free …

1 Corinthians 7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's …

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, …

1 Peter 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, …

2 Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants …

entangled.

Galatians 2:4 And that because of false brothers unawares brought in, who came …

Galatians 4:9 But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, …

Matthew 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them …

Acts 15:10 Now therefore why tempt you God, to put a yoke on the neck of the …

Colossians 2:16-22 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect …

Hebrews 9:8-11 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of …

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