New American Standard Bible
But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
King James Bible
But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Darby Bible Translation
but the scripture has shut up all things under sin, that the promise, on the principle of faith of Jesus Christ, should be given to those that believe.
World English Bible
But the Scriptures imprisoned all things under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
Young's Literal Translation
but the Writing did shut up the whole under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ may be given to those believing.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
But the Scripture - The Old Testament (see the note at John 5:39), containing the Law of Moses.
Hath concluded all under sin - Has "shut up" (συνέκλεισεν sunekleisen) all under the condemnation of sin; that is, has declared all people, no matter what their rank and external character, to be sinners. Of course, they cannot be justified by that law which declares them to be guilty, and which condemns them, any more than the Law of the land will acquit a murderer, and pronounce him innocent, at the same time that it holds him to be guilty. In regard to the meaning of the expression used here; see the note at Romans 11:32; compare Romans 3:9, Romans 3:19. "That the promise by faith of Jesus Christ, etc." That the promise referred to in the transaction with Abraham, the promise of justification and life by faith in the Messiah. Here we see one design of the Law. It was to show that they could not be justified by their own works, to hedge up their way in regard to justification by their own righteousness, and to show them their need of a better righteousness. The Law accomplishes the same end now. It shows people that they are guilty; and it does it in order that they may be brought under the influence of the pure system of the gospel, and become interested in the promises which are connected with eternal salvation.
LibraryThe Universal Prison
'But the Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.'--GAL. iii. 22. The Apostle uses here a striking and solemn figure, which is much veiled for the English reader by the ambiguity attaching to the word 'concluded.' It literally means 'shut up,' and is to be taken in its literal sense of confining, and not in its secondary sense of inferring. So, then, we are to conceive of a vast prison-house in which mankind is confined. …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
A Call to the Unconverted
The Ordinance of Covenanting
Letter iv. You Reply to the Conclusion of My Letter: "What have we to do with Routiniers?...
What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin;
even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;
For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.
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