What the letters may have looked like originally. Based on WEB and David Bentley Hart The New Testament.
Galatians Without 2:7-8
Paul, a messenger (not from men, neither through man, but through Iesou Christou, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead), and all the brothers who are with me, to the assemblies of Galatias: gift to you and peace from God the Father, and our Master Iesou Christou, who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father – to whom be the glory unto the ages of the ages. Amen.
I marvel that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the gift of the Christou toward an alternative proclamation of the Announcement; which is no alternative at all. Only there are certain persons who are agitating you, and seek to reverse the Announcement of the Christou. But even if we, or a messenger from heaven, should preach to you any Announcement other than that which you received, let him be cursed. As we have said before, so I now say again: if any man preaches to you any Announcement other than that which you received, let him be cursed.
For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? For if I were still pleasing men, I wouldn't be a slave of the Christou. But I make known to you, brothers, concerning the Announcement which was proclaimed by me, that it is not of human origin. For neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came to me through revelation of Iesou Christou. For you have heard of my conduct when I was inside Judaism: that beyond measure I persecuted God’s assembly and besieged it, and was progressing in the Judaism beyond many of my own age among my countrymen, being more exceedingly zealous for my ancestral traditions. But when it was the good pleasure of God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and had called me by his gift, was pleased to reveal his Son in me, that I might proclaim the Announcement regarding him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were messengers before me, but I departed into Arabia, then returned to Damascus.
[Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Kephas, and stayed with him fifteen days. But of the other messengers I saw no one, except Iakobon, the Master's brother. Now about the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I'm not lying. Then I came to the regions of Syria and Cilicia. I was not known by face to the assemblies of Judea which were in the Christou, but they only heard: "He who was formerly persecuting us now preaches the faith that he besieged." They glorified God in me. 1:18-24]
Then after a period of fourteen years I went up [again] to Jerusalem with Bar-naba, taking Titus also with me. I went up by revelation, and I laid before them the Announcement which I proclaim among the Gentiles, but privately before those who were respected, for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain. But not even Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. But because of the false brothers secretly brought in, who stole in to spy out our freedom which we have in Christou Iesou, that they might bring us into bondage; to whom we gave no place in subordination, for even an hour, that the truth of the Announcement might remain with you. And from those who were esteemed as something (whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God doesn't show partiality to man) – for to me these estimable men had nothing to add and recognizing the gift that was given to me, Iakobos and Kephas and Ioannes, who appeared to be the pillars, gave to me and Bar-naba their hands of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcision. They only asked us to remember the poor -- which very thing I was also eager to do.
But when Kephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was being contemptible. For before some people came along with Iakobos, he ate with the Gentiles. But when they came, he drew back and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. The rest of the Jews joined him in his theatrical charlatanry, so that even Bar-naba was carried away with their dissimulation. But when I saw that they were not proceeding straightforwardly according to the truth of the Announcement, I said to Kephas in front of everyone, "If you, being a Judaean, live as the Gentiles do, and not as the Judaeans do, why do you require the Gentiles to become Judaean? "We who are naturally Judaean, and not sinners coming from the Gentiles, yet knowing that a man is not vindicated by observances of Law but through the faithfulness of Iesou Christou, even we placed our faith in the Christou Iesou, that we might be vindicated by faithfulness of the Christou, and not by the works of Law, because no flesh will be vindicated from observances of law. But if, while we seek to be vindicated in the Christou, we ourselves also were found sinners, is the Christou a servant of sin? Let it not be so! For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a transgressor. For I, by Law, died to Law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified along with the Christou, and it is no longer I that live, but the Christou living within me; and that life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faithfulness that is of God’s Son, who loves me, and delivered himself up on my behalf. I do not reject the gift of God. For if vindication is by Law, then the Christou died for nothing!"
Foolish Galatai, who has bewitched you not to obey the truth, before whose eyes Iesou Christou was
vividly portrayed among you as crucified? I just want to learn this from you. Did you receive the Spirit by the observances of Law, or by faiths obedience? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now completed in the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain, if it is indeed in vain? He therefore that supplies the Spirit to you, and works miracles among you, does he do it by the law’s observances or of faith’s obedience?
*3.6-9, 14a also 3.15b-21 and 3.29 have been removed as an interpolation (the First New Testament p.218)
For as many as come from observances of Law are under a curse, for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who doesn't persevere in doing the things that are written in the book of the Law." Now that no man is vindicated by Law before God is evident, for, "The upright will live by faith." The law is not from faith, but, "He that does them will live in them."
The Christou redeemed us from the curse of Law, having become a curse on our behalf. For it is written, "Cursed is everyone hanging on a tree," so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. For if there had been a Law given which could impart life, most assuredly righteousness would have been of Law. But the scriptures shut up all things under sin, so that the promise from the faithfulness of Iesou Christou might be given to those having faith. But before faith came, we were held under guard, under Law, shut up to the faith which should afterwards be revealed. So that the law has become our custodian to bring us to the Christou, that we might be proved righteous from faithfulness. But now that faith is come, we are no longer under a custodian. For you are all sons of God, through faithfulness within the Christou Iesou. For as many of you as were baptized into the Christou have clothed yourselves in the Christou. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in the Christou Iesou.
But I say that so long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, even though he is Master of all; but is under guardians and stewards until the day appointed by the father.
[Brothers, I still speak in human terms. 3:15a]
So we also, when we were children, were held in slavery under the Elementals of the cosmos. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his Son,
[coming to be from a woman, coming to be under the Law, 4:4b]
that he might redeem those who were under Law, that we might receive filial adoption. Because you are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" thus you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God.
However at that time, being ignorant of God, you slaved to those who by nature were not gods.
But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, why do you turn back again to the weak and impoverished Elementals, to which you desire to be in slavery all over again? You observe days, months, seasons, and years. I am afraid for you, that I might have wasted my labor on you.
I beg you, brothers, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no injustice,
and you know that because of infirmity of the flesh I preached the Announcement to you the first time.
That which was a trial to you in my flesh, you did not despise nor reject; but you received me as a messenger of God, as the Christou Iesou.
Where therefor is your blessing? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me. So then, have I become your enemy by telling you the truth? They zealously seek you in no good way. No, they desire to alienate you, that you may seek them.
But it is always good to be zealous in a good cause, and not only when I am present with you.
My children, for whom I am again suffering the pangs of birth until the Christou is formed in you-- and I could wish to be present with you now, and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
Tell me, you that desire to be under Law, don't you listen to the Law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the handmaid, and one by the free woman. However, the son by the handmaid
was born according to the flesh, but the son by the free woman was born through the promise. These things are told allegorically, for these are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children to slavery, which is Agar. Now this Agar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to the Jerusalem that exists now, for she slaves along with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, which is our mother. For it is written, "Rejoice, you barren who don't bear. Break forth and shout, you that don't suffer birth pangs. For more are the children of the desolate than of her who has the husband." And you, as Isaak was, are children of a promise. But as then, he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. However what does the scripture say? "Throw out the handmaid and her son, for the son of the handmaid will not inherit with the son of the free woman." Therefore, brothers, we are not children of a handmaid, but of the free woman. Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which the Christou has made us free, and don't be entangled again with a yoke of slavery.
Look, I, Paul, tell you that if you receive circumcision, the Christou will profit you nothing. Yes, I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is a debtor to do the whole Law. You are alienated from the Christou, you desire to be justified by the Law. You have fallen away from gift. For we, through the Spirit, by faith wait for the hope of righteousness. For in the Christou Iesou neither circumcision amounts to anything, nor a foreskin, but faithfulness, made actual through love.
You were running well! Who interfered with you that you are not persuaded by truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls you. A little yeast grows through the whole lump. I have confidence toward you in the Master that you will think no other way. But he who troubles you will bear his judgment, whoever he is. But I, brothers, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling-block of the cross has been removed. Would that they who are causing you agitation might just castrate themselves.
For you, brothers, were called to freedom. Only don't use your freedom for gain to the flesh, but through love be servants to one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you are not destroyed by one another.
But I say, walk in spirit, and you won't fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary the one to the other, that you may not do the things that you desire. But if you are led in spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies,
envyings, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Those who belong to the Christou Iesou have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.
If we live in spirit, let's also be aligned with spirit. Let's not become conceited, provoking one another, and envying one another.
Brothers, even if a man is caught in some fault, you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to yourself so that you also aren't tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so
fulfill the law of the Christou. For if a man thinks himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each man test his own work, and then he will take pride in himself and not in his neighbor. For each man will bear his own burden. But let him who is receiving instruction share all good things in common with the one who is giving the instruction. Don't be led astray; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. But he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap life in the Age. And let us not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season, if we don't give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us work that which is good toward all men, and especially toward those who are of the household of the faith.
See with what large letters I write to you with my own hand.
As many as desire to look good in the flesh, they compel you to be circumcised; only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of the Christou. For even they who receive circumcision don't keep the law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised, that they may boast in your flesh. But far be it from me to boast, except in the cross of our Master Iesou Christou, through which the cosmos has been crucified to me, and I to the cosmos. For neither is circumcision anything, nor having a foreskin, but a new creation. And as many as will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be on them, and on God's Israel.
From now on, let no one cause me any trouble, for I bear the marks of Iesou in my body.
The gift of our Master Iesou Christou be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.