The law and righteousness (Gal. 3:21)

“Is the law

Then opposed

To the promises of God?

Certainly not!

If a law

Had been given

That could make us alive,

Then righteousness

Would indeed come

Through the law.”

ὁ οὖν νόμος κατὰ τῶν ἐπαγγελιῶν τοῦ Θεοῦ; μὴ γένοιτο. εἰ γὰρ ἐδόθη νόμος ὁ δυνάμενος ζωοποιῆσαι, ὄντως ἐκ νόμου ἂν ἦν ἡ δικαιοσύνη·

Paul said, “Is the law (ὁ οὖν νόμος) then opposed to the promises of God (κατὰ τῶν ἐπαγγελιῶν τοῦ Θεοῦ)?  Certainly not (μὴ γένοιτο)!  If a law had been given (εἰ γὰρ ἐδόθη νόμος) that could make us alive (ὁ δυνάμενος ζωοποιῆσαι), then righteousness would indeed come (ἂν ἦν ἡ δικαιοσύνη) through the law (ὄντως ἐκ νόμου).”  Paul then asked one of his questions that he knew the answer to.  Was the law of Moses opposed to the promises of God?  The answer was absolutely not.  The law was not opposed to God.  Rather, the law helped people come alive to righteousness.  Do laws help you to understand what is right and wrong?

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