5 For such freedom* Christ set us free.+ Therefore stand fast,+ and do not let yourselves be confined again in a yoke of slavery.+
2 See! I, Paul, am telling YOU that if YOU become circumcised,+ Christ will be of no benefit to YOU. 3 Moreover, I bear witness again to every man getting circumcised that he is under obligation to perform the whole Law.+ 4 YOU are parted from Christ, whoever YOU are that try to be declared righteous by means of law;+ YOU have fallen away from his undeserved kindness.+ 5 For our part we by spirit are eagerly waiting for the hoped-for righteousness* as a result of faith.+ 6 For as regards Christ Jesus* neither circumcision is of any value nor is uncircumcision,+ but faith+ operating through love+ [is].
7 YOU were running well.+ Who hindered YOU from keeping on obeying the truth?+ 8 This sort of persuasion is not from the One calling YOU.+ 9 A little leaven ferments the whole lump.+ 10 I am confident+ about YOU who are in union+ with [the] Lord* that YOU will not come to think otherwise; but the one who is causing YOU trouble+ will bear [his] judgment,+ no matter who he may be. 11 As for me, brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? Then, indeed, the stumbling block*+ of the torture stake*+ has been abolished.+ 12 I wish the men who are trying to overturn YOU+ would even get themselves emasculated.*+
13 YOU were, of course, called for freedom,+ brothers; only do not use this freedom as an inducement for the flesh,+ but through love slave for one another.+ 14 For the entire Law stands fulfilled+ in one saying, namely: “You must* love your neighbor as yourself.”+ 15 If, though, YOU keep on biting and devouring one another,+ look out that YOU do not get annihilated by one another.+
16 But I say, Keep walking by spirit+ and YOU will carry out no fleshly desire at all.+ 17 For the flesh is against the spirit+ in its desire, and the spirit against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, so that the very things that YOU would like to do YOU do not do.+ 18 Furthermore, if YOU are being led by spirit,+ YOU are not under law.+
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest,+ and they are fornication,*+ uncleanness,* loose conduct,*+ 20 idolatry, practice of spiritism,*+ enmities, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, contentions, divisions, sects,* 21 envies, drunken+ bouts, revelries, and things like these. As to these things I am forewarning YOU, the same way as I did forewarn YOU, that those who practice+ such things will not inherit God’s kingdom.+
22 On the other hand, the fruitage+ of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness,+ faith, 23 mildness, self-control.+ Against such things there is no law.+ 24 Moreover, those who belong to Christ Jesus impaled* the flesh together with its passions and desires.+
25 If we are living by spirit, let us go on walking orderly also by spirit.+ 26 Let us not become egotistical, stirring up competition+ with one another,* envying one another.+