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Galatians 2:15-21 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Even We Jews Are Declared Righteous By Faith In Christ, Not By Works of The Law

15 We[a] are Jews by nature, and not sinners from the Gentiles. 16 But knowing that a person[b] is not declared-righteous by works of the Law except[c] through faith in Jesus Christ, even we believed in Christ Jesus, in order that we might be declared-righteous by faith in Christ and not by works of the Law, because by works of the Law no flesh will be declared-righteous.

And We Died To The Law As a Rule of Life, And Now Live By Faith In The Son of God

17 But if [d] while seeking to be declared-righteous in Christ, we also ourselves were found to be sinners[e], is then Christ a minister of sin[f]? May it never be! 18 For if I am building again these[g] things which I tore-down[h], I am demonstrating[i] myself to be a transgressor. 19 For through the Law I died to the Law in order that I might live to God. I have been crucified-with Christ! 20 And I no longer am living, but Christ is living in me. And what I am now[j] living in the flesh[k], I am living by[l] faith in the Son of God— the One having loved me and handed Himself over for me. 21 I am not setting-aside[m] the grace of God! For if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died without-a-reason!


  1. Galatians 2:15 Verses 15-21 may still be part of Paul’s quotation of what he said that day; or it may be his present explanation of that event to the Galatians.
  2. Galatians 2:16 That is, a Jewish person.
  3. Galatians 2:16 Or, unless through, if not through. That is, if he does not come through. It is the faith, not the works, that bring the result.
  4. Galatians 2:17 That is, assuming that.
  5. Galatians 2:17 That is, equivalent to Gentiles in status before God.
  6. Galatians 2:17 That is, for leading us to live Gentile-ly with our Gentile fellow-Christians.
  7. Galatians 2:18 That is, these works of the Law as my rule of life and basis of relationship with others.
  8. Galatians 2:18 That is, to be declared-righteous by God, since His only required condition is faith.
  9. Galatians 2:18 Or, showing, exhibiting. That is, because I am erecting conditions in violation of God’s only condition, faith.
  10. Galatians 2:20 That is, as a Christian declared righteous by faith, with Christ living in me.
  11. Galatians 2:20 That is, in my continued existence on earth.
  12. Galatians 2:20 Or, in; that is, in the sphere of faith, not law.
  13. Galatians 2:21 Or, nullifying, rejecting.
Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Disciples' Literal New Testament: Serving Modern Disciples by More Fully Reflecting the Writing Style of the Ancient Disciples, Copyright © 2011 Michael J. Magill. All Rights Reserved. Published by Reyma Publishing

Galatians 2:15-21 New International Version (NIV)

15 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in[a] Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.

17 “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker.

19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”[b]


  1. Galatians 2:16 Or but through the faithfulness of … justified on the basis of the faithfulness of
  2. Galatians 2:21 Some interpreters end the quotation after verse 14.
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