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.
King James Bible
But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Darby Bible Translation
But before faith came, we were guarded under law, shut up to faith [which was] about 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,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
But before faith came - Before the Gospel was published.
We were kept under the law, shut up - Εφρουρουμεθα· We were kept as in a strong hold, συγκεκλεισμενοι, locked up, unto the faith - the religion of the Lord Jesus, which should afterwards be revealed. Here the same metaphor is used as above, and for its explanation I must refer the reader to the same place, Romans 11:32 (note).
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryJuly 8. "Having Begun in the Spirit, are Ye Now Made Perfect by the Flesh" (Gal. Iii. 3).
"Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh" (Gal. iii. 3). Grace literally means that which we do not have to earn. It has two great senses always; it comes for nothing and it comes when we are helpless; it doesn't merely help the man that helps himself--that is not the Gospel; the Gospel is that God helps the man who can't help himself. And then there is another thing; God helps the man to help himself, for everything the man does comes from God. Grace is given to the man …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
Lessons of Experience
A Case of Conscience Resolved
The Substance of Some Discourse had Between the Clerk of the Peace and Myself; when He came to Admonish Me, According to the Tenor of that Law, by which I was in Prison.
For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.
For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.
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