Galatians 3:16

“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Now to Abraham and his seede were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many, but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, "And to seeds, as {referring} to many, but {rather} to one, "And to your seed," that is, Christ."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now to Abraham were the promises spoken, and to his seed. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now to Abraham were the undertakings given, and to his seed. He says not, And to seeds, as of a great number; but as of one, he says, And to your seed, which is Christ.
- Basic English Bible

But to Abraham were the promises addressed, and to his seed: he does not say, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed; which is Christ.
- Darby Bible

Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
- Webster's Bible

(Now the promises were given to Abraham and to his seed. God did not say "and to seeds," as if speaking of many, but "and to your seed," since He spoke of only one--and this is Christ.)
- Weymouth Bible

Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He doesn't say, "To seeds," as of many, but as of one, "To your seed," which is Christ.
- World English Bible

The biheestis weren seid to Abraham and to his seed; he seith not, In seedis, as in many, but as in oon, And to thi seed, that is, Crist.
- Wycliffe Bible

and to Abraham were the promises spoken, and to his seed; He doth not say, `And to seeds,' as of many, but as of one, `And to thy seed,' which is Christ;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 3:16


3:16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and his seed - Several promises were made to Abraham; but the chief of all, and which was several times repeated, was that of the blessing through Christ. He - That is, God. Saith not, And to seeds, as of many - As if the promise were made to several kinds of seed. But as of one - That is, one kind of seed, one posterity, one kind of sons. And to all these the blessing belonged by promise. Which is Christ - including all that believe in him. #Gen 22:18|.


People's Bible Notes for Galatians 3:16


Ga 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promise made. The covenant with its promises was made with Abraham and his seed. There were promises spoken on several occasion. See Ge 12:3,7 13:16 15:5 17:7. The promises of the covenant were to the seed, as well as to Abraham, and hence did not terminate with his death. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many, but . . . to thy seed. This passage has excited much criticism. Many have thought that Paul made a grammatical mistake. Even Luther says: ``My dear brother Paul, this argument won't stick.'' The criticism is that "sperma", the Greek word rendered "seed", is a collective noun and may include all Abraham's descendants. Paul elsewhere (Ro 4:18 9:7) shows that he knew just the meaning of "sperma", but the question here is not one of grammar, but of spiritual meaning. Paul does not mean that "sperma" ("seed") excludes plurality, but that it implies unity. Not the word "children" or "descendants" is used. This would embrace the children of Ishmael, of Esau, and of Keturah. But there is a seed to whom the promise is given; a seed that embraces many, but is one. That seed is Christ the head, and all in Christ. See 1Co 12:12 The whole spiritual seed of Abraham concentrates in Christ. The promise is to Christ and all in Christ. Paul understood Greek as well as his critics, and also knew what he meant.

Discussion for Galatians 3

  • A disciple
    There is no Our Righteousness, and the Lord's Righteousness, if we are truly saved and walking in truth in the Spirit; but our righteousness is His righteousness! The child is under teachers and guardians UNTIL he is an adult, and fully ready to manage the inheritance. Christ has released us from the bonds of sin, and therefore the demand of the Law against sin. It is not a competition for glory!
  • Jimmy a disciple of Jesus
    a schoolmaster is a teacher the law was our teacher to bring us to christ but after that faith has come we are no longer under a schoolmaster..pretty simple to me!! I do not keep any Law under the Levi priesthood...i am under the order of Melchisedec with Jesus being my High Priest..thats where i put my Faith..dont mix your righteousness with the Lords..a little leaven leavens the whole lump!!!
  • Randall Blair
    For the one who commented we are all God's children, please read the rest of the scripture. We are all definitely not a child of God if we are not in Christ Jesus, To be a true child of God you must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and trust in His death on Calvary for salvation. Jesus said in the 3rd chapter of John, " Nicodemus, you must be born again, do not marvel at this saying God bless you.
  • A disciple
    "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." Does this mean that when we arrive in glory to meet the LORD in the Day of Eternity, that we will all look alike and be all the same? I don't think so! For John wrote in the Prophecy about a multitude that no man can number small AND greast, from out of every Nation and tribe and kindred and tongue worshiping before the Throne. And what about each one's abilities and work that Jesus shall give us to do, and the authority over cities etc? As far as any of us being superior or inferior, sacred or common, the leader or the helper NONE of those things have anything to do with us in Christ! The things that we see and experience now in this world about who's the greatest, and who is only in the world for serving their betters, does not exist with us in Christ! We are ALL brethren, and Jesus alone is our Master, our Leader, and our Superior! Do each of us actually have diversities of gifts, abilities, callings? Are we not all individual and particular members of the body? But all of us together IS THE BODY!
  • Steve morrow
    PHILIPPIANS 1:27 only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of CHRIST that whether I come and see you or else be absent I may hear of your affairs that you stand fast --- in one spirit --- with one mind --- striving together for the faith of the gospel 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 PHILIPPIANS 2:2 fulfill you my joy that --- you be likeminded --- having the same love being of one accord --- of one mind 1 CORINTHIANS 2:16 for who hath known the mind of THE LORD that he may instruct HIM but we have the mind of CHRIST ROMANS 15:6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify GOD even THE FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST 1 CORINTHIANS 8:5 for though there be that are called gods whether in heaven or in earth as there be gods many and lords many --8:6-- but unto us there is but one GOD THE FATHER of whom are all things and we in HIM and one LORD JESUS CHRIST by whom are all things and we by HIM ROMANS 15:18 for I will not dare to speak of any of those things which CHRIST hath not wrought by me to make the gentiles obedient by --- word and deed --- 1 CORINTHIANS 11:1 be you followers of me even as I also am of CHRIST
  • Alex
    Now unto abraham and his seed were the Promises made but he said not unto seeds plural (natural Israel ) but unto 1 seed which is Christ the Israel of God,Thus its CHRIST that is gonna be multiplied as the STARS OF HEAVEN,THATS Y the sower wants to sow his incorruptible seed in our hearts that it might initiate a birth of christ in us. Unto us a child is born unto us a son is given, The new birth

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