Galatians 3:18

“For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For if the inheritance bee of the Law, it is no more of promise: but God gaue it to Abraham by promise.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no more of promise: but God hath granted it to Abraham by promise.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Because if the heritage is by the law, it is no longer dependent on the word of God; but God gave it to Abraham by his word.
- Basic English Bible

For if the inheritance [be] on the principle of law, [it is] no longer on the principle of promise; but God gave it in grace to Abraham by promise.
- Darby Bible

For if the inheritance is by the law, it is no more by promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
- Webster's Bible

For if the inheritance comes through obedience to Law, it no longer comes because of a promise. But, as a matter of fact, God has granted it to Abraham in fulfilment of a promise.
- Weymouth Bible

For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no more of promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by promise.
- World English Bible

For if eritage were of the lawe, it were not now of biheeste. But God grauntide to Abraham thoruy biheest.
- Wycliffe Bible

for if by law [be] the inheritance, [it is] no more by promise, but to Abraham through promise did God grant [it].
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 3:18


3:18 And again - This is a new argument. The former was drawn from the time, this from the nature, of the transaction. If the eternal inheritance be obtained by keeping the law, it is no more by virtue of the free promise - These being just opposite to each other. But it is by promise. Therefore it is not by the law.


People's Bible Notes for Galatians 3:18


Ga 3:18 For if the inheritance [be] of the law, [it is] no more of promise. Law and promise exclude each other. The legal heir receives his inheritance by law, if there be no will; one not a legal heir may receive it by the promise of a will. But God gave [it] to Abraham by promise. The inheritance was given to Abraham by promise; and ours depends on the promise.

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