English Standard Version
So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.
King James Bible
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
American Standard Version
So that the law is become our tutor to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Wherefore the law was our pedagogue in Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
English Revised Version
So that the law hath been our tutor to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore the law was our school-master to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Weymouth New Testament
So that the Law has acted the part of a tutor-slave to lead us to Christ, in order that through faith we may be declared to be free from guilt.
Galatians 3:24 Parallel
CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
Better, so that. Theological consequence of the previous statements.
Our schoolmaster (παιδαγωγὸς ἡμῶν)
Our. Paul speaks as a Jew of Jews especially. Schoolmaster (παιδαγωγὸς P) is an error. The word means an overseer or guardian. See on 1 Corinthians 4:15. Tutor (Rev.) is defensible on the ground of etymology, tueri to look upon, thence to guard. In civil law a tutor is a person legally appointed for the care of the person and property of a minor. So Bacon (Adv. of Learning, ii.:19): "the first six kings being in truth as tutors of the state of Rome in the infance thereof." The later use of the word, however, in the sense of instructor, has so completely supplanted the earlier, that the propriety of the Revisers' rendering is questionable. The law is here represented, not as one who conducts to the school of Christ; for Christ is not represented here as a teacher, but as an atoner; but rather as an overseer or guardian, to keep watch of those committed to its care, to accompany them with its commands and prohibitions, and to keep them in a condition of dependence and restraint, thus continually bringing home to them the consciousness of being shut up in sins, and revealing sin as positive transgression.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
justified. See on ch.
What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith;
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
1 Corinthians 4:15
For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,
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