Galatians 5:17

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that yee cannot doe the things that yee would.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary the one to the other; that ye may not do the things that ye would.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; because these are opposite the one to the other; so that you may not do the things which you have a mind to do.
- Basic English Bible

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these things are opposed one to the other, that ye should not do those things which ye desire;
- Darby Bible

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
- Webster's Bible

For the cravings of the lower nature are opposed to those of the Spirit, and the cravings of the Spirit are opposed to those of the lower nature; because these are antagonistic to each other, so that you cannot do everything to which you are inclined.
- Weymouth Bible

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, that you may not do the things that you desire.
- World English Bible

For the fleisch coueitith ayens the spirit, and the spirit ayen the fleisch; for these ben aduersaries togidere, that ye don not alle thingis that ye wolen.
- Wycliffe Bible

for the flesh doth desire contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit contrary to the flesh, and these are opposed one to another, that the things that ye may will -- these ye may not do;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 5:17


5:17 For the flesh desireth against the Spirit - Nature desires what is quite contrary to the Spirit of God. But the Spirit against the flesh - - But the Holy Spirit on his part opposes your evil nature. These are contrary to each other - The flesh and the Spirit; there can be no agreement between them. That ye may not do the things which ye would - - That, being thus strengthened by the Spirit, ye may not fulfil the desire of the flesh, as otherwise ye would do.


People's Bible Notes for Galatians 5:17


Ga 5:17 The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, etc. The desires of the flesh and the Spirit are in conflict. They war within us. One would lead in one direction, and the other in another. So that ye cannot do the things that ye would. The Greek is not so strong as this. It implies that the two wills within us hinder us from doing as we would by their conflict.

Discussion for Galatians 5:17

  • Kakeeto Moses for verse 17
    The spirit Vs the flesh and whatever is clean to the spirit is unclean to the flesh forexample the spirit says do not steal yet the flesh needs money to yield utility so the flesh commits theft which is contrary to the spirit.In order to walk in the spirit you have to forego the desires of the flesh
  • How does the flesh fight us since it has been crucified according to Gal. 5:24? Wouldn't it now be considered Temptation?
  • Sherrill for verse 17
    In order to be free from our wrong doings, we must learn how to walk in the spirit.Our Flesh will tell us one thing, but if we're walking in the Spirit of God, we have the power and strenght to stop doing the things we used to do.

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