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Galatians 3:24

    Galatians 3:24 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Why the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    So that the law is become our tutor to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So the law has been a servant to take us to Christ, so that we might have righteousness by faith.

    Webster's Revision

    So that the law is become our tutor to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

    World English Bible

    So that the law has become our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    So that the law hath been our tutor to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

    Definitions for Galatians 3:24

    Wherefore - Why?; for what reason?; for what cause?

    Clarke's Commentary on Galatians 3:24

    The law was our schoolmaster - Ὁ νομος παιδαγωγος ἡμων γεγονεν εις Χριστον· The law was our pedagogue unto Christ. The παιδαγωγος, pedagogue, is not the schoolmaster, but the servant who had the care of the children to lead them to and bring them back from school, and had the care of them out of school hours. Thus the law did not teach us the living, saving knowledge; but, by its rites and ceremonies, and especially by its sacrifices, it directed us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. This is a beautiful metaphor, and highly illustrative of the apostle's doctrine. See the note on Romans 10:4, where this figure is farther explained.

    Barnes' Notes on Galatians 3:24

    Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster - The word rendered schoolmaster (παιδαγωγὸς paidagōgos, whence the word "pedagogue"), referred originally to a slave or freedman, to whose care boys were committed, and who accompanied them to the public schools. The idea here is not that of instructor, but there is reference to the office and duty of the "paedagogus" among the ancients. The office was usually intrusted to slaves or freedmen. It is true, that when the "paedagogus" was properly qualified, he assisted the children committed to his care in preparing their lessons. But still his main duty was not instruction, but it was to watch over the boys; to restrain them from evil and temptation; and to conduct them to the schools, where they might receive instruction. See, for illustrations of this, Wetstein, Bloomfield, etc. In the passage before us, the proper notion of pedagogue is retained. In our sense of the word schoolmaster, Christ is the schoolmaster, and not the Law. The Law performs the office of the ancient pedagogue, to lead us to the teacher or the instructor. That teacher or instructor is Christ. The ways in which the Law does this may be the following:

    (1) It restrains us and rebukes us, and keeps us as the ancient pedagogue did his boys.

    (2) the whole law was designed to be introductory to Christ. The sacrifices and offerings were designed to shadow forth the Messiah, and to introduce him to the world.

    (3) the moral law - the Law of God - shows people their sin and danger, and thus leads them to the Saviour. It condemns them, and thus prepares them to welcome the offer of pardon through a Redeemer.

    (4) it still does this. The whole economy of the Jews was designed to do this and under the preaching of the gospel it is still done. People see that they are condemned; they are convinced by the Law that they cannot save themselves, and thus they are led to the Redeemer. The effect of the preached gospel is to show people their sins, and thus to be preparatory to the embracing of the offer of pardon. Hence, the importance of preaching the Law still; and hence, it is needful that people should be made to feel that they are sinners, in order that they may be prepared to embrace the offers of mercy; compare the note at Romans 10:4.

    Wesley's Notes on Galatians 3:24

    3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster unto Christ - It was designed to train us up for Christ. And this it did both by its commands, which showed the need we had of his atonement; and its ceremonies, which all pointed us to him.