Galatians 3:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Galatians 3:10, NIV: For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: 'Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.'

Galatians 3:10, ESV: For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”

Galatians 3:10, KJV: For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

Galatians 3:10, NASB: For all who are of works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written: 'CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THE THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO DO THEM.'

Galatians 3:10, NLT: But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, 'Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God's Book of the Law.'

Galatians 3:10, CSB: For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, because it is written, Everyone who does not do everything written in the book of the law is cursed.

What does Galatians 3:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

For the false teachers known as the Judaizers, the truth seemed obvious. They were convinced nobody could be included in God's family unless he was circumcised and followed the law of Moses (Galatians 2:4). That, for them, was the clear teaching of the Old Testament. Paul has showed from the Old Testament Scriptures that, in fact, Abraham himself was counted as righteous before God—"justified"—when he believed the Lord (Galatians 3:6). Now Paul begins to show that the rules and rituals given in the Law cannot save anyone. They can only condemn those who try to follow them.

Again, Paul quotes Moses, this time from Deuteronomy 27:26. God says to the Israelites that everyone who does not "do" everything written in the Book of the Law will be cursed. In other words, everyone who tries to follow the law in order to be saved is always under the threat of being cursed by God. As Paul will go on to show, nobody is able to do everything the law says to do perfectly. Life under law, therefore, is life under God's curse.

Paul will continue exploring this idea, showing that salvation can be found only through faith and not through the law.