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Galatians 5:1

    Galatians 5:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Christ has truly made us free: then keep your free condition and let no man put a yoke on you again.

    Webster's Revision

    For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.

    World English Bible

    Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and don't be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    With freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.

    Definitions for Galatians 5:1

    Fast - Abstaining from food.
    Wherewith - The things with which...

    Clarke's Commentary on Galatians 5:1

    Stand fast therefore in the liberty - This is intimately connected with the preceding chapter: the apostle having said, just before, So then, brethren, we are not children of the bond woman, but of the free, immediately adds, Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free. Hold fast your Christian profession; it brings spiritual liberty: on the contrary, Judaism brings spiritual bondage. Among the Jews, the Messiah's reign was to be a reign of liberty, and hence the Targum, on Lamentations 2:22, says: "Liberty shall be publicly proclaimed to thy people of the house of Israel, על יד משיחא al yad Mashicha, by the hand of the Messiah, such as was granted to them by Moses and Aaron at the time of the passover."

    The liberty mentioned by the apostle is freedom from Jewish rites and ceremonies, called properly here the yoke of bondage; and also liberty from the power and guilt of sin, which nothing but the grace of Christ can take away.

    Barnes' Notes on Galatians 5:1

    Stand fast, therefore - Be firm and unwavering. This verse properly belongs to the previous chapter, and should not have been separated from it. The sense is, that they were to be firm and unyielding in maintaining the great principles of Christian liberty. They had been freed from the bondage of rites and ceremonies; and they should by no means, and in no form, yield to them again.

    In the liberty ... - Compare John 8:32, John 8:36; Romans 6:18; Notes, Galatians 4:3-5.

    And be not entangled again - Tyndale renders this, "And wrap not yourselves again." The sense is, do not again allow such a yoke to be put on you; do not again become slaves to any rites, and customs, and habits.

    The yoke of bondage - Of servitude to the Jewish laws; see the note at Acts 15:10.

    Wesley's Notes on Galatians 5:1

    5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty - From the ceremonial law. Wherewith Christ hath made us - And all believers, free; and be not entangled again with the yoke of legal bondage.