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

  • Mbugua kamau
    Comment*This chapter teaches us about standing fast in liberty, having faith in love and walking in spirit because we are not under the law we who believe in christ.
  • Patricia
    What the law could not fulfill grace and mercy did. The distinction between flesh and the spirit shows us that the two cannot walk together. I thank God we are given the power through Jesus Christ Our Lord to pull off the old man (sinful nature) and walk in the newness of Life. Many times I've missed the mark but by His love and mercy He has picked me up to start over again. "Be Encouraged".
  • A WRETCH LOOKING FOR SALVATION
    Chapter 5 verse 1 , Just happened to be the verse of the day after my last relapse into drug addiction and gave me a feeling that the Lord was speaking to me . It gave me a renewed hope that this time I will finally walk the straight path that I long for . I hope that all who suffer addiction will see this and find a way to live in God's law and have peace in their lives.
  • Lilian
    Jesus already took our sins, pain, worries, our unrighteousness and curse by his blood HE ALREADY MADE EVERYTHING NEW WHEN HE DIED ON THE CROSS. Our Job now is to believe Jesus that He is the Son of God, Follow Jesus and Live like Jesus . Avoid the Old SIN AND MUST DO REPENTANCE. PRAISE HIM AND THANK HIM EVERYDAY for HE IS WORTHY. JESUS THE ONLY JEHOVAH THE PROVIDER, OUR PEACE AMEN
  • Karen
    Jesus told the woman who was saved from being stoned to death, Go and sin no more...... Hebrews 10:26 is a warning to the believer. Stop sinning or you will send yourselves to hell. Those who refuse to stop sinning because they have believed the lie that grace covers them, will one day find themselves in hell for all eternity. You are as good as your last day on earth. If you are a born again Christian and die while in the sin of adultery? You cannot enter heaven. If you are a born again Christian who dies while in the sin of telling a lie? You cannot enter heaven. If you are a born again Christian who dies of an overdose or while drunk? You will not enter heaven. The Believer in Jesus Christ is to be holy even as our heavenly Father is holy. Without holiness no one will see the LORD....... Live holy and be ye separated from this world. False teachers abound. Stop listening to a wide road false Gospel and believe the Word of God over the word of men! The path is narrow. Obey God and keep His Commandments that when the day comes you will not hear Jesus say to you, "Depart from me, ye worker of iniquity, I never knew you."
  • Paulette
    Food for taught my soul is richly bless just by reading the book of Galatians. God as been so good to all of us, for those of us that choose to follow him Paul line out it clear as to how our Christian walk is. if we just remains faithful to God word our life will never be the same.