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

  • Solomon Ndeti
    this who preachers teaches the true gospel but they turns thair ways
  • Joanna
    I need to pray for understanding when I read the bible. I don't think I absorbed the biggest part of what I read.
  • Dee
    the point is, there is no longer a chosen people, we all are the same under Christ Jesus all are excepted
  • Ann mobley
    will there be male and female according to Gal.3:28
  • Daniel Mangar
    Very fantastic
  • Brandon The Baptist for verse 13
    Jesus died on the cross and people are taking it out of context cause this verse said tree and that it wasn 't a cross it was a stake well reading in the Gospels it was made clear that there was three nails that nailed him to the cross and that he bared the cross and the wood the cross was made of came from a tree God didn 't make this hard to understand cause He is not the author of confusion... Lord bless these with the knowledge that they lack concerning Your Holy Word that may not pervert it out of ignorance let them ask You for understanding and truth so You may direct them properly turning them away from man 's foolishness towards Your Almightywisdom I ask this in Jesus name amen..

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