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

  • Melva
    Praise God we are not under the law anymore but under grace
  • Steve morrow
    Hebrews 7:12 for the priesthood being changed there is made of necessity a change also of the law galatians 6:2 bear ye one anothers burdens and so fulfil the law of CHRIST romans 8:2 for the of the spirit of life in CHRIST JESUS hath made me free from the law of sin and death Hebrews 7:15 and it is yet far more evident for that after the similitude of melchisedec there ariseth another priest 16 who is made not after the law of a carnal commandment but after the power of an endless life -------HEBREWS 7:24 BUT THIS MAN BECAUSE HE CONTINUETH EVER HATH AN UNCHANGEABLE PRIESTHOOD -------hebrews 12:28 wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved let us have grace whereby we may serve GOD acceptably with reverence and godly fear JOHN 1:17 FOR THE LAW WAS GIVEN BY MOSES BUT GRACE AND TRUTH CAME BY JESUS CHRIST 2 Corinthians 3:7 but if the ministration of death written and engraven in stones was glorious so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of moses for the glory of his countenance WHICH GLORY WAS TO BE DONE WAY 8 HOW SHALL NOT THE MINISTRATION OF THE SPIRIT BE RATHER GLORIOUS -------JOHN 6:63 IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH THE FLESH PROFITETH NOTHING THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK UNTO YOU THEY ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE ------LOVING THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
  • Librarygal143
    Thank you Jesus, for your sacrifice. Please help my loved ones find you.
  • Artavious
    I believe that this is amazing, especially since he was made a curse for us! This proves Gods everlasting love, and our freedom, from any curse, in the earth. Praise be to the lord God, and his holy son JESUS CHIRST! amen.
  • Lilian
    Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. BY JESUS BLOOD SHED FOR US. JESUS HAVE COME TO GIVE US LIFE IN ABUNDANCE. Our job now is to accept Jesus as the SON OF THE LIVING GOD HEAR AND OBEY THE WORDS OF GOD. WITHOUT OUR OBEDIENCE TO GOD'S WORDS it's impossible to please God. GOD IS FAITHFUL TO HIS PROMISE COZ HE LOVES US .I WILL PRAISE YOU AND WORSHIP YOU JESUS FOR YOU ARE WORTHY AMEN
  • Steve morrow
    1 Corinthians 4:18 now some are puffed up as though I would not come to you 19 but I will come to you shortly if the LORD will and will know not the speech of them that are puffed up but the power 20for the kingdom of GOD is not in word but power philippians 2:21 for all seek their own not the things which are JESUS CHRISTS ecclesiastes 8:4 where the word of a king is there is power and who may say unto HIM what doest thou 1 Corinthians 2:4 and my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of mans wisdom but in demonstration of the spirit and of power 1 Corinthians 1:18 for the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness but unto us which are saved it is the power of GOD JOHN 5:34 BUT I RECEIVE NOT TESTIMONY FROM MAN BUT THESE THINGS I SAY THAT YOU MIGHT BE SAVED

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