Galatians 1:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Galatians 1:9, NIV: As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God's curse!

Galatians 1:9, ESV: As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

Galatians 1:9, KJV: As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Galatians 1:9, NASB: As we have said before, even now I say again: if anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

Galatians 1:9, NLT: I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed.

Galatians 1:9, CSB: As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!

What does Galatians 1:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse repeats Paul's words in the previous verse with even greater emphasis. Repetition in the New Testament is often used to emphasize a point. Here, Paul seems to want to make doubly sure his readers understand exactly how serious this is.

Paul, writing under the full weight of his authority as an apostle of Jesus Christ, says once more that anyone who preaches a distorted gospel to them—a message that is different in any way from the one they received from him when he was with them in person—that person stands "accursed." Specifically, Paul is referring to those who insist on adding obedience to Old Testament laws to their requirements for salvation. More generally, however, this applies to anyone who warps the message of salvation in any way.

The curse levelled by Paul involves eternal damnation. His implication is that false teachers cannot show you the way to salvation because they do not have it themselves. They are condemned. Paul's letter will clarify exactly why it is so essential not to believe anyone who wants them to believe an altered version of the simple, powerful gospel message of Jesus that Paul has shown to them.