Galatians 5:13
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English Standard Version
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

King James Bible
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

American Standard Version
For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only use not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For you, brethren, have been called unto liberty: only make not liberty an occasion to the flesh, but by charity of the spirit serve one another.

English Revised Version
For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only use not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another.

Webster's Bible Translation
For, brethren, ye have been called to liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Weymouth New Testament
You however, brethren, were called to freedom. Only do not turn your freedom into an excuse for giving way to your lower natures; but become bondservants to one another in a spirit of love.

Galatians 5:13 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

For (γὰρ)

Well may I speak thus strongly of those who thus overthrow your whole polity and enslave you, for ye are called for freedom.

Unto liberty (ἐπ' ἐλευθερίᾳ)

Better, for freedom. See on unto uncleanness, 1 Thessalonians 4:7. Ἑπὶ marks the intention.

Only (μόνον)

For a similar use of the word, qualifying or limiting a general statement, comp. 1 Corinthians 7:39; Galatians 2:10; Philippians 1:27; 2 Thessalonians 2:7.

Use not liberty (τὴν ἐλευθερίαν)

Use is not in the Greek. We may supply hold or make or turn.

Occasion (ἀφορμὴν)

See on Romans 7:8. Almost exclusively in Paul.

To the flesh (τῃ σαρκί)

See on Romans 7:5. The flesh here represents lovelessness and selfishness. Christian freedom is not to be abused for selfish ends. Paul treats this subject at length in 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; 1 Corinthians 12:25, 1 Corinthians 12:26. Individual liberty is subject to the law of love and mutual service. Comp. 1 Peter 2:16.

By love (διὰ τῆς ἀγάπης)

Or through love, through which faith works (Galatians 5:6).

Galatians 5:13 Parallel Commentaries

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ye.

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Galatians 4:5-7,22-31 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons...

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek...

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted...

John 8:32-36 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free...

Romans 6:18-22 Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness...

only.

1 Corinthians 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak.

1 Peter 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

2 Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome...

Jude 1:4,10-12 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men...

but.

Galatians 5:14,22 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; You shall love your neighbor as yourself...

Galatians 6:2 Bear you one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Mark 10:43-45 But so shall it not be among you: but whoever will be great among you, shall be your minister...

John 13:14,15 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another's feet...

Acts 20:35 I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus...

Romans 15:1,2 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves...

1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant to all, that I might gain the more.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs not itself, is not puffed up...

2 Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

2 Corinthians 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.

1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ...

James 2:15-17 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food...

1 John 3:16-19 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers...

Cross References
John 8:32
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

1 Corinthians 8:9
But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.

1 Corinthians 9:19
For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.

2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Galatians 2:4
Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in--who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery--

Galatians 5:1
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Ephesians 5:21
submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

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