Galatians 3:23

“But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But before faith came, wee were kept vnder the Law, shut vp vnto the faith, which should afterwards bee reuealed.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But before faith came, we were kept in ward under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But before faith came, we were kept in prison under the law, waiting for the revelation of the faith which was to come.
- Basic English Bible

But before faith came, we were guarded under law, shut up to faith [which was] about to be revealed.
- Darby Bible

But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up to the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
- Webster's Bible

Before this faith came, we Jews were perpetual prisoners under the Law, living under restraints and limitations in preparation for the faith which was soon to be revealed.
- Weymouth Bible

But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, confined for the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
- World English Bible

And tofor that bileue cam, thei weren kept vndur the lawe, enclosid in to that bileue that was to be schewid.
- Wycliffe Bible

And before the coming of the faith, under law we were being kept, shut up to the faith about to be revealed,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 3:23


3:23 But before faith - That is, the gospel dispensation. Came, we were kept - As in close custody. Under the law - The Mosaic dispensation. Shut up unto the faith which was to be revealed - Reserved and prepared for the gospel dispensation.


People's Bible Notes for Galatians 3:23


Ga 3:23 Before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up. Before the faith was revealed we were confined under the law, as it were in prison, in a state of preparation for the faith which should afterwards be revealed. The law was "added" in order to do a work of preparation until the gospel was revealed. See Ga 3:19.

Discussion for Galatians 3

  • 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
  • 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.

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