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

  • MockingBird for verse 20
    When I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior I was crucified with Christ : As to this day I am crucifying the flesh daily : I have been raised together with Him set with Him in heavenly places : Nevertheless , even though I died I live : Yet not I but Christ liveth in me and the life that I now live I live by the faith His faith : the gift of God who loved me and still loves me : and gave Himself for me. Praise God I am alive to God : I am alive to doing things through Him !!!
  • Lilian
    Jesus have come to give us life in abundance. We are saved by his grace as God's grace are sufficient enough for us to be saved. Our Faith comes only by hearing the word of God as God's words are powerful to meditate than prayers. Jesus is the bread of life and the light of the world He who believes in him will not be perish but have an everlasting life. What a promising God and what a faithful Father to his words given for us. Jesus made everything new our job now is to believe in him, follow him and obey his words. He who loves him will keep his commandments. Thanks to Jesus for his blood that shed for us. Through his precious blood only our sins are washed away, our ungodly things are cleansed. We need only to trust Jesus and live like him until rapture. I will keep praising God and thank him for he is worthy to be praised. Amen
  • Paul Says Were are crusified with christ ,is true because he himself was an apostle of the Lord, galatians 2:20 teaches us that christ died once and for all, hence we should belief in christ our saviour who paid the price for sin, by our faith should we know that we were crusified with HIM
  • Naas immelman for verse 20
    I am sure that all the children of God now lives in Jesus Christ,although still in the flesh, by His faith.He is the New testament arch,as Noah was in the arch we are in Jesus Christ therefor nothing can divide us ever from Him again.
  • This is Romans 6-8, condensed into one verse. Notice the first half of the verse summarizes our death and resurrection with Christ. But the latter half of the verse focuses on our life of faith in Christ as our enabler. Progressive sanctification or, we could say, the resurrected life is by faith. That doesn t mean we sit back passively and do nothing. It means we trust our Lord to enable us in our doing! Paul makes very clear that sanctification is by faith. Credit James Hollandsworth - LIving the Resurrected Life pt.2
  • Michael Walker for verse 18
    It certainly gives you a great perspective on Paul 's frame of mind and degree of conviction in his faith, at the time. More importantly however, he emphasizes how critical it becomes for followers of Christ to refrain from reverting back to Legalism which works counter to their faith in Christ and His sacrifice on the Cross and prevents them from justification.

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