Galatians 3:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Galatians 3:6, NIV: So also Abraham 'believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.'

Galatians 3:6, ESV: just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

Galatians 3:6, KJV: Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

Galatians 3:6, NASB: Just as Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Galatians 3:6, NLT: In the same way, 'Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.'

Galatians 3:6, CSB: just like Abraham who believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness?

What does Galatians 3:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul concludes a series of provocative questions for the Christians in Galatians. He is trying to help them to see that they are being led astray. A group known as the Judaizers wants them to think that even Christ-followers need to follow the rules and rituals of the law of Moses in order to be truly saved (Galatians 2:4). Paul indicated that this is a "foolish" idea (Galatians 3:1).

Paul concluded the last verse by asking if they received God's Spirit after doing works of the law or after "hearing with faith?" The answer should be obvious, since they had not yet done any works of the law before the Spirit came. They had simply believed, and God had responded (Galatians 3:5).

Now, Paul begins to show that this is the way God has always worked, even before the law was given. Abraham, the father of all Jewish people, was also declared righteous by God for believing Him. To make the point, Paul quotes Genesis 15:6. Abraham had not yet even been circumcised before God declared him righteous for his faith.

Paul will move on in this chapter to show that the Old Testament and the law were always about faith in God and about looking forward to the coming of Jesus.