For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
Tell me, then, ye who desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? Does it say anything to you, but "do this and thou shalt live:" Does it set before you any alternative but "cursed is he that continueth not" (Galatians 3:10)? Do this, this wrath-working law proclaims, do it all — all without exception — continue in it from first to last, and you shall live; but a curse, an everlasting curse, awaits you if you offend in one particular. Plead what you will, these denunciations are irreversible — its terms cannot be changed. You may say, "I wish to obey;" and it answers you; "tell me not of your wishes, but do it." "I have endeavoured to obey." "Tell me of no endeavours, but do it or you are cursed." "I have done it in almost every particular." "Tell me, not what you have done almost, have you obeyed it altogether? Have you obeyed it in all things; if not, you are cursed." "I have for many years obeyed it, and but once only have I transgressed." "Then you are cursed; if you have offended in one point you are guilty of all." "But I am very sorry for my transgressions." "I cannot regard your sorrow; you are under a curse." "But I will reform, and never transgress again." "I care nothing for your reformation; the curse remains upon you." "But I will obey perfectly in the future, if I can find mercy for the past." "I can have no concern with your determinations for the future; I know no such word as mercy; my terms cannot be altered for any one. If you rise to these terms you will have a right to life, and need no mercy. If you fall short in any one particular, nothing remains for you but punishment!"
Parallel VersesKJV: For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.