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Galatians 5:16

    Galatians 5:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But I say, walk by the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But I say, Go on in the Spirit, and you will not come under the rule of the evil desires of the flesh.

    Webster's Revision

    But I say, walk by the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

    World English Bible

    But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you won't fulfill the lust of the flesh.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But I say, Walk by the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

    Clarke's Commentary on Galatians 5:16

    Walk in the Spirit - Get back that Spirit of God which you have grieved and lost; take up that spiritual religion which you have abandoned.

    Ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh - If the Spirit of God dwell in and rule your heart, the whole carnal mind will be destroyed; and then, not only carnal ordinances will be abandoned, but also the works and propensities of the flesh.

    Barnes' Notes on Galatians 5:16

    This I say then - This is the true rule about overcoming the propensities of your carnal natures, and of avoiding the evils of strife and contention.

    Walk - The Christian life is often represented as a journey, and the word walk, in the scripture, is often equivalent to live; Mark 7:5. See the notes at Romans 4:12; Romans 6:4, note; Romans 8:1, note.

    In the Spirit - Live under the influences of the Holy Spirit; admit those influences fully into your hearts. Do not resist him, but yield to all his suggestions; see the note at Romans 8:1. What the Holy Spirit would produce, Paul states in Galatians 5:22-23. If a man would yield his heart to those influences, he would be able to overcome all his carnal propensities; and it is because he resists that Spirit, that he is ever overcome by the corrupt passions of his nature. Never was a better, a safer, or a more easy rule given to overcome our corrupt and sensual desires than that here furnished; compare notes, Romans 8:1-13.

    And ye shall not fulfil ... - Margin, "Fulfil not" - as if it were a command. So Tyndale renders it. But the more common interpretation, as it is the more significant, is that adopted by our translators. Thus, it is not merely a command, it is the statement of an important and deeply interesting truth - that the only way to overcome the corrupt desires and propensities of our nature, is by submitting to the influences of the Holy Spirit. It is not by philosophy; it is not by mere resolutions to resist them; it is not by the force of education and laws; it is only by admitting into our souls the influence of religion, and yielding ourselves to the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God. If we live under the influences of that Spirit, we need not fear the power of the sensual and corrupt propensities of our nature.

    Wesley's Notes on Galatians 5:16

    5:16 I say then - He now explains what he proposed, Gal 5:13. Walk by the Spirit - Follow his guidance in all things. And fulfil not - In anything. The desire of the flesh - Of corrupt nature.

    Verses Related to Galatians 5:16

    1 Peter 1:14 - As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
    Psalms 101:3 - I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
    1 Corinthians 6:18 - Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.