Galatians 3:19

“Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wherefore then serueth the Law? it was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come, to whome the promise was made, and it was ordeyned by Angels in the hand of a Mediatour.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise hath been made; `and it was' ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator.
- American Standard Version (1901)

What then is the law? It was an addition made because of sin, till the coming of the seed to whom the undertaking had been given; and it was ordered through angels by the hand of a go-between.
- Basic English Bible

Why then the law? It was added for the sake of transgressions, until the seed came to whom the promise was made, ordained through angels in [the] hand of a mediator.
- Darby Bible

What purpose then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
- Webster's Bible

Why then was the Law given? It was imposed later on for the sake of defining sin, until the seed should come to whom God had made the promise; and its details were laid down by a mediator with the help of angels.
- Weymouth Bible

What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the seed should come to whom the promise has been made. It was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator.
- World English Bible

What thanne the lawe? It was sett for trespassing, to the seed come, to whom he hadde maad his biheest. Whiche lawe was ordeyned bi aungels, in the hoond of a mediatour. But a mediatour is not of oon. But God is oon.
- Wycliffe Bible

Why, then, the law? on account of the transgressions it was added, till the seed might come to which the promise hath been made, having been set in order through messengers in the hand of a mediator --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 3:19


3:19 It - The ceremonial law. Was added - To the promise. Because of transgressions - Probably, the yoke of the ceremonial law was inflicted as a punishment for the national sin of idolatry, #Exod 32:1|, at least the more grievous parts of it; and the whole of it was a prophetic type of Christ. The moral law was added to the promise to discover and restrain transgressions, to convince men of their guilt, and need of the promise, and give some check to sin. And this law passeth not away; but the ceremonial law was only introduced till Christ, the seed to or through whom the promise was made, should come. And it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator - It was not given to Israel, like the promise to Abraham, immediately from God himself; but was conveyed by the ministry of angels to Moses, and delivered into his hand as a mediator between God and them, to remind them of the great Mediator.


People's Bible Notes for Galatians 3:19


Ga 3:19 Wherefore then [serveth] the law? What was its object then? It was added because of transgressions. Added in order to restrain transgressions among men, and especially among the fleshly race of Abraham, until the promised seed, to whom the promise was made, even Christ, should come. It was therefore only to last until that seed came. Ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Communicated through the means of angels to the mediator between Israel and God; that is, to Moses. See Ac 7:53 Heb 2:2 De 33:2 De 5:5.

Discussion for Galatians 3

  • Geraldine Cole
    Praise The Lord Jesus who knows all and see all wonderful who would'nt serve a God like That I am sold out to Jesus for ever their No one or Nothing better Amen
  • Daniel Adjei
    The book of Galatians made it clear that the law can't save. The miracles performed among the Galatians were not by the observation of the law(3:5). Their reception of the gifts of the Holy Spirit were not by the observation of the law. Rejection of the blessed doctrine of salvation and justification by faith in Jesus Christ is throwing oneself into a deep darkness and bondage.
  • Philip Hadland
    It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
    If the Son sets us free we are Free indeed 😁 !
    Thank you Father for your Love in Christ Jesus Your Son
  • Yahhim
    Paul clearly states here that the individual that lives in faith through the spirit of Christ has put to death the working of the law, and contrariwise faith is of no effect operating under the old law which is contrary to the spirit of the law of faith in and through Christ Jesus .
  • Precious hope
    Thank you lord for moving us from the old to the new which is in Christ Jesus. Thank you for our new identity in Christ regardless of origin,colour or race. we are one in Christ.
    Amen and glory be to the most high God
  • Patricia
    Though we no longer live under the law the law was our school master (pattern) until the death burial and resurrection of Christ. Without the law men would have been totally reckless. Now we live by faith. There's no distinction between sex, heritage or background. We can all come boldly to Jesus Christ by faith. All who will let them come. Thank you Jesus though I'm unworthy you bid me to come.

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