Galatians 5:13

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For brethren, ye haue beene called vnto liberty, onely vse not libertie for an occasion to the flesh, but by loue serue one another.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only {do} not {turn} your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only `use' not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Because you, brothers, were marked out to be free; only do not make use of your free condition to give the flesh its chance, but through love be servants one to another.
- Basic English Bible

For *ye* have been called to liberty, brethren; only [do] not [turn] liberty into an opportunity to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
- Darby Bible

For, brethren, ye have been called to liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
- Webster's Bible

You however, brethren, were called to freedom. Only do not turn your freedom into an excuse for giving way to your lower natures; but become bondservants to one another in a spirit of love.
- Weymouth Bible

For you, brothers, were called for freedom. Only don't use your freedom for gain to the flesh, but through love be servants to one another.
- World English Bible

For, britheren, ye ben clepid in to fredom; oneli yyue ye not fredom in to occasioun of fleisch, but bi charite of spirit serue ye togidere.
- Wycliffe Bible

For ye -- to freedom ye were called, brethren, only not the freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through the love serve ye one another,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 5:13


5:13 Ye have been called to liberty - From sin and misery, as well as from the ceremonial law. Only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh - Take not occasion from hence to gratify corrupt nature. But by love serve one another - And hereby show that Christ has made you free.


People's Bible Notes for Galatians 5:13


Ga 5:13 Ye have been called unto liberty. The liberty of children of God. [Use not] liberty for an occasion to the flesh. Do not think that because you are free, you are free to do evil. Let not liberty becomes license. But by love serve one another. But love each other so well that there will be mutual service and helpfulness.

Discussion for Galatians 5

  • Wayne
    The fruit of the Spirit has some of the same similarities as natural fruit. It time and the right environment for the fruit to grow. Spiritual fruit Also takes time and the right environment in which to grow. Neither natural or spiritual fruit matures overnight. Interestingly enough both are desirable and will give strength "the one to the body,the other to the spirit
  • Eric
    The Lord is at hand.
  • Bruce
    A wretch: not sure what you meant by living in the law? That will bring spiritual death!Reading HIS WORD,Being in church that preaches heaven and hell,the joy of salvation,called of the FATHER John 6:44,forgiveness Acts2:38, things NEW! -- ll Corinthians 5:17. You will be changed! If you slip, l John 1:9- l John 2:1. Best thing that ever happened to me! The next day I woke up to a different world!
  • Steve morrow
    proverbs 18:21 death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof---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---john 5:21 for as the FATHER raiseth up the dead and quickeneth them even so the SON quickeneth whom HE will---proverbs 1:23 turn you at MY reproof behold I will pour out MY spirit unto you I will make known MY words unto you---john 3:34 for HE whom GOD hath sent speaketh the words of GOD for GOD giveth not the spirit by measure unto HIM---john 6:27 labor not for the meat which perisheth but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life which the SON OF MAN shall give unto you for HIM hath GOD THE FATHER sealed---JOHN 15:4 abide in ME and I in you as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself except it abide in the vine no more can you except you abide in ME---john 15:5 I am the vine you are the branches HE that abideth in ME and I in HIM the same bringeth forth much fruit FOR WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING------LOVING THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
  • Shirley
    Jesus died on the cross for our sins.... Now our part is to live like He lived...Sacrifice our lives by living our life like Jesus !! Give our all by living like Jesus !!
  • Carol
    Thank you JESUS for dying on the cross for my sins. Thank you for saving a wretch like me. I can do nothing without you. I work with the public and it is hard to treat everyone the same but , I do.... I know I am working for the Lord and no one else. I have to remind myself of this. My husband Scott is a great encouragement in my life. He tells me to pray and give this to the Lord. I love him.