Galatians 3:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Galatians 3:11, NIV: Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because 'the righteous will live by faith.'

Galatians 3:11, ESV: Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Galatians 3:11, KJV: But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

Galatians 3:11, NASB: Now, that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, 'THE RIGHTEOUS ONE WILL LIVE BY FAITH.'

Galatians 3:11, NLT: So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, 'It is through faith that a righteous person has life.'

Galatians 3:11, CSB: Now it is clear that no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous will live by faith.

What does Galatians 3:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul continues to make his case that following the law cannot save anyone. He is trying to help the Christians in Galatia to understand that the Scriptures have always pointed to faith, trusting God, as the way to be made right with Him. This is especially meant to counter the false teaching of the Judaizers. This group claimed that following the law, including circumcision, was necessary in order for a person to be saved (Galatians 2:4).

In the previous verse, Paul quoted from Deuteronomy that to live under the law is to live under the threat of a curse for breaking it in any way. Now he points to something Habakkuk wrote, "…The righteous shall live by faith" (Habakkuk 2:4). He will quickly declare that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, but Paul is eager for the Galatians to hear that God has always called men and women to put their faith in Him. God never intended us to be saved by adhering to the law; His intent was always to use the ministry of Jesus Christ.