Faith and righteousness (Gal. 3:11)

“Now it is evident

That no man is justified

Before God

By the law.

‘The one who is righteous

Will live

By faith.’”

ὅτι δὲ ἐν νόμῳ οὐδεὶς δικαιοῦται παρὰ τῷ Θεῷ δῆλον, ὅτι Ὁ δίκαιος ἐκ πίστεως ζήσεται·

Paul said that it is evident (δῆλον) that no man is justified (οὐδεὶς δικαιοῦται) before God (παρὰ τῷ Θεῷ) by the law (ὅτι δὲ ἐν νόμῳ).  “The one who is righteous (ὅτι Ὁ δίκαιος) will live (ζήσεται) by faith (ἐκ πίστεως).”  Paul cited the prophet Habakkuk, chapter 2:4, to bolster his claim that the law does not make a man righteous or justified, since a human becomes justified or righteous by faith.  Habakkuk was probably a prophet during the Babylonian exile in the sixth century BCE, who said, “Look at the proud!  Their spirit is not right in them.  But the righteous live by their faith.”  Yahweh warned that these proud people would have a hard time, because their spirit was not right.  The main theme of this simple response was that the righteous live by their faith.  This idea that the righteous live by faith was a strong part of the apostle Paul’s message.  On the other hand, wealth was treacherous for the greedy.  Habakkuk was not talking about the law but the proud Israelites.  Paul emphasized the importance of faith, not the law.  Do you live by faith?

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