New American Standard Bible
For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
King James Bible
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Darby Bible Translation
For they that are according to flesh mind the things of the flesh; and they that are according to Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
World English Bible
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
Young's Literal Translation
For those who are according to the flesh, the things of the flesh do mind; and those according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For they that are after the flesh - They that are under the influence of the corrupt and sinful desires of the flesh; Galatians 5:19-21. Those who are unrenewed.
Do mind the things of the flesh - They are supremely devoted to the gratification of their corrupt desires.
But they that are after the Spirit - Who are under its influence; who are led by the Spirit.
The things of the Spirit - Those things which the Spirit produces, or which he effects in the mind, Galatians 5:21-23. This verse is for the purpose of illustration, and is designed to show that the tendency of religion is to produce as entire a devotedness to the service of God as people had before rendered to sin; that is, that they Would be fully engaged in that to which they had devoted themselves. As the Christian therefore, had devoted himself to the service of the Spirit, and had been brought under his influence, it was to be expected that he would make it his great and only object to cherish and cultivate the graces which that Spirit would produce.
LibraryAugust 6. "As Many as are Led by the Spirit of God they are the Sons of God" (Rom. viii. 14).
"As many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God" (Rom. viii. 14). The blessed Holy Spirit is our Guide, our Leader, and our Resting-place. There are times when He presses us forward into prayer, into service, into suffering, into new experiences, new duties, new claims of faith, and hope, and love, but there are times when He arrests us in our activity, and rests us under His overshadowing wing, and quiets us in the secret place of the Most High, teaching us some new lessons, breathing …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
September 27. "The Glorious Liberty of the Children of God" (Rom. viii. 21).
The Intercession of Christ
For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.
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