Galatians 2:18

“For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For if I build againe the things which I destroyed, I make my selfe a transgressour.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"For if I rebuild what I have {once} destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a transgressor.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For if I put up again those things which I gave to destruction, I am seen to be a wrongdoer.
- Basic English Bible

For if the things I have thrown down, these I build again, I constitute myself a transgressor.
- Darby Bible

For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
- Webster's Bible

Why, if I am now rebuilding that structure of sin which I had demolished, I am thereby constituting myself a transgressor;
- Weymouth Bible

For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a law-breaker.
- World English Bible

God forbede. And if Y bylde ayen thingis that Y haue distruyed, Y make my silf a trespassour.
- Wycliffe Bible

for if the things I threw down, these again I build up, a transgressor I set myself forth;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 2:18

2:18 By no means. For if I build again - By my sinful practice. The things which I destroyed - By my preaching, I only make myself - Or show myself, not Christ, to be a transgressor; the whole blame lies on me, not him or his gospel. As if he had said, The objection were just, if the gospel promised justification to men continuing in sin. But it does not. Therefore if any who profess the gospel do not live according to it, they are sinners, it is certain, but not justified, and so the gospel is clear.

People's Bible Notes for Galatians 2:18

Ga 2:18 If I build again the things which I destroyed. Go back from Christ to Moses, and teach others to do the same. I make myself a transgressor. For thus I teach men to trust in the works of the law which cannot justify.

Discussion for Galatians 2

  • Irene123
    To Bro. Daniel FC on Gal. ch. 2 - I answered your question about the flood-time 'laws' 3 wks. ago. I'm not one to debate God's word. There's nothing wrong with that; I just don't do it.
  • Bro. Daniel FC
    To: Irene 123 Part 1 Are you saying that God destroyed the antediluvians in spite of the fact that they had no laws to guide them in righteousness? Is God unfair? Sin is the transgression of the law 1Jn. 3:4, and the wages of sin is death Rom. 6:23.
  • Bro. Daniel FC
    Part 2
    Why would Cain and Abel bring sacrifices, unless God instructed them to? Most likely the first family received other instructions/laws. Adam and Eve were commanded not to eat from a certain tree, under the death penalty. They disobeyed and sin entered into the world. That is why Christ had to die, to atone for their and our sins.
  • Irene123
    v.21 - Righteousness was found in the O.T., but it was always by FAITH IN GOD, not in any 'laws', i.e. there were no laws in Noah's day. after Mt. Sinai there were over 600 laws - of which no one could possibly keep them all. God knew this, He wasn't blindsided. still, with all His laws it was possible to live for Him by faith - if you did your BEST by the laws. It was and is our hearts He wants.
  • BSP
    Verse 21 brings out a good point. If righteousness is by the Law alone, then Christ died for nothing.
  • BSP
    In verses 11 through 13 Peter was counseled publicly, but he humbly accepted it. It takes humility in order to accept counsel and to apply it.

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