Galatians 3:19
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New International Version
Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator.


New American Standard Bible
Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.


King James Bible
Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise was made would come. The law was put into effect through angels by means of a mediator.


International Standard Version
Why, then, was the Law added? Because of transgressions, until the descendant came about whom the promise pertained. It was put into effect through angels by means of a mediator.


American Standard Version
What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise hath been made; and it was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator.


Douay-Rheims Bible
Why then was the law? It was set because of transgressions, until the seed should come, to whom he made the promise, being ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.


Darby Bible Translation
Why then the law? It was added for the sake of transgressions, until the seed came to whom the promise was made, ordained through angels in the hand of a mediator.


Young's Literal Translation
Why, then, the law? on account of the transgressions it was added, till the seed might come to which the promise hath been made, having been set in order through messengers in the hand of a mediator --
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Context
The Purpose of the Law

15Brothers, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man cancels, or adds thereto. 16Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to your seed, which is Christ. 17And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot cancel, that it should make the promise of none effect. 18For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. 19Why then serves the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. 20Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. 21Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness should have been by the law. 22But the scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up to the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24Why the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Cross References
Exodus 20:19
And they said to Moses, Speak you with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.


Deuteronomy 5:5
(I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to show you the word of the LORD: for you were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying,


Acts 7:53
Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.


Romans 5:20
Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:


Galatians 3:16
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to your seed, which is Christ.


Treasury of Scripture

Why then serves the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

then.

Romans 3:1,2 What advantage then has the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision...

Romans 7:7-13 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust...

It was added.

Galatians 3:21-24 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life...

Deuteronomy 4:8,9 And what nation is there so great, that has statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day...

Psalm 147:19,20 He shows his word to Jacob, his statutes and his judgments to Israel...

Luke 16:31 And he said to him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

John 5:45-47 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust...

John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.

Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Romans 3:19,20 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped...

Romans 4:15 Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

Romans 5:20,21 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound...

Romans 7:7-13 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust...

1 Timothy 1:8,9 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully...

till.

Galatians 3:16,25 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to your seed...

Galatians 4:1-4 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all...

by.

Deuteronomy 33:2 And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir to them; he shined forth from mount Paran...

Acts 7:53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

Hebrews 2:2,5 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward...

in.

Exodus 20:19-22 And they said to Moses, Speak you with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die...

Exodus 24:1-12 And he said to Moses, Come up to the LORD, you, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel...

Exodus 34:27-35 And the LORD said to Moses, Write you these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel...

Leviticus 15:32 This is the law of him that has an issue, and of him whose seed goes from him, and is defiled therewith;

Deuteronomy 5:5,22-33 (I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to show you the word of the LORD: for you were afraid by reason of the fire...

Deuteronomy 9:13-20,25-29 Furthermore the LORD spoke to me, saying, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiff necked people...

Deuteronomy 18:15-19 The LORD your God will raise up to you a Prophet from the middle of you, of your brothers, like to me; to him you shall listen...

Psalm 106:23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath...

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spoke to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers...

The Apostle, having just before been speaking of the promise made to Abraham, and representing that as the rule of our justification, and not the law, lest they should think he derogated too much from the law, and thereby rendered it useless--he thence takes occasion to discourse of the design and tendency of it, and to acquaint us for what purposes it was given.

Strong's Concordance
Wherefore then [serveth] the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; [and it was] ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
Topical Bible
Account Added Addition Agency Angels Defining Details Effect Go-between Imposed Intermediary Laid Later Law Mediator Messengers Offspring Ordained Order Ordered Promise Purpose Referred Sake Seed Serveth Sin Till Transgressions Undertaking Wherefore
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Galatians Chapter 3 Verse 19

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NT Letters: Galatians 3:19 What then is the law? It was (Gal. Ga)
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