2 See! I, Paul, am telling you that if you become circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you.+ 3 Again I bear witness to every man who gets circumcised that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law.+ 4 You are separated from Christ, you who are trying to be declared righteous by means of law;+ you have fallen away from his undeserved kindness. 5 For our part, we are by spirit eagerly waiting for the hoped-for righteousness* resulting from faith. 6 For in union with Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is of any value,+ but faith operating through love is.
7 You were running well.+ Who hindered you from continuing to obey the truth? 8 This sort of persuasion does not come from the One calling you. 9 A little leaven ferments the whole batch of dough.+ 10 I am confident that you who are in union with the Lord+ will not come to think otherwise; but the one who is causing you trouble,+ whoever he may be, will receive the judgment he deserves. 11 As for me, brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the stumbling block of the torture stake+ has been eliminated. 12 I wish the men who are trying to unsettle you would emasculate themselves.
13 You were called to freedom, brothers; only do not use this freedom as an opportunity to pursue fleshly desires,+ but through love slave for one another.+ 14 For the entire Law has been fulfilled in one commandment, 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; these are opposed to each other, so that you do not do the very things you want to do.+ 18 Furthermore, if you are being led by spirit, you are not under law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are plainly seen, and they are sexual immorality,+ uncleanness, brazen conduct,+ 20 idolatry, spiritism,+ hostility, strife,+ jealousy,+ fits of anger, dissensions, divisions, sects,+ 21 envy, drunkenness,+ wild parties, and things like these.+ I am forewarning you about these things, the same way I already warned 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,+ patience, kindness, goodness,+ faith, 23 mildness, self-control.+ Against such things there is no law. 24 Moreover, those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed to the stake the flesh together with its passions and desires.+