The Meaning of Galatians 5:23 Explained

Galatians 5:23

KJV: Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

YLT: meekness, temperance: against such there is no law;

Darby: meekness, self-control: against such things there is no law.

ASV: meekness, self-control; against such there is no law.

What does Galatians 5:23 Mean?

Context Summary

Galatians 5:13-26 - Produce The Fruit Of The Spirit
That Christ has freed us from the Law as a means of salvation does not free us from moral restraint, but brings us under the constraint of a higher law, the law of love. We do not keep this law to be saved; but, being saved, we keep it out of love toward Christ. The power of the new life is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Unite yourself with His life that you find rising up within you. Live in the Spirit. A child was much disappointed because when she took a cupful of water out of the blue lake, it did not look blue in the cup; so her teacher told her to throw the cup into the midst of the lake and leave it there. As we live and walk in the Spirit, we are safe.
The Holy Spirit brings influences to bear which act upon the germs of sin, as a disinfectant upon the germs of disease. If we yield ourselves to these influences, and are filled with the Spirit of Jesus, we shall be delivered from the self-life, which the Apostle describes as the flesh. As Jesus is more and more formed in us, the new flower and fruitage of the risen life will appear, while the corrupt works of the flesh will shrink and drop away, [source]

Chapter Summary: Galatians 5

1  He wills them to stand in their liberty,
3  and not to observe circumcision;
13  but rather love, which is the sum of the law
19  He lists the works of the flesh,
22  and the fruits of the Spirit,
25  and exhorts to walk in the Spirit

Greek Commentary for Galatians 5:23

Meekness [πραΰ̀της]
See on meek, Matthew 5:5. [source]
Temperance [ἐγκράτεια]
Only here by Paul. He alone uses ἐγκρατεύεσθαι tohave continency, 1 Corinthians 7:9; 1 Corinthians 9:25. See on is temperate, 1 Corinthians 9:25. The word means self-control, holding in hand the passions and desires. So Xen. Mem. i. 2,1, of Socrates, who was ἐγκρατεστατος mosttemperate as to sexual pleasures and pleasures of the appetite. [source]
Such [τοιούτων]
Such things, not persons. [source]
There is no law [οὐκ ἔστιν νόμος]
Against such virtues there is no law to condemn them. The law can bring no charge against them. Comp. 1 Timothy 1:9, 1 Timothy 1:10. [source]

Reverse Greek Commentary Search for Galatians 5:23

Galatians 6:1 Spirit of meekness []
Comp. 1 Corinthians 4:21. Led by the Spirit of God, whose fruit is meekness (Galatians 5:23). For the combinations of πνεῦμα with genitives, see on Romans 8:4, p. 87. [source]
Galatians 5:18 Under the law [υπο νομον]
Instead of “under the flesh” as one might expect. See Galatians 3:2-6 for contrast between law and spirit. The flesh made the law weak (Romans 8:3; Hebrews 9:10, Hebrews 9:13). They are one and the same in result. See same idea in Romans 8:14. Note present tense of αγεστε — agesthe (if you are continually led by the Spirit). See Galatians 5:23. [source]
Colossians 3:12 As God‘s elect [ως εκλεκτοι του τεου]
Same phrase in Romans 8:33; Titus 1:1. In the Gospels a distinction exists between κλητος — klētos and εκλεκτος — eklektos (Matthew 24:22, Matthew 24:24, Matthew 24:31), but no distinction appears in Paul‘s writings. Here further described as “holy and beloved” The items in the new clothing for the new man in Christ Paul now gives in contrast with what was put off (Colossians 3:8). The garments include a heart of compassion (σπλαγχνα οικτιρμου — splagchna oiktirmou the nobler viscera as the seat of emotion as in Luke 1:78; Philemon 1:8), kindness (χρηστοτητα — chrēstotēta as in Galatians 5:22), humility (ταπεινοπροσυνην — tapeinophrosunēn in the good sense as in Philemon 2:3), meekness (πραυτητα — prautēta in Galatians 5:23 and in Ephesians 4:2 also with ταπεινοπροσυνη — tapeinophrosunē), long-suffering (μακροτυμιαν — makrothumian in Galatians 5:22; Colossians 1:11; James 5:10). [source]
Titus 1:8 Temperate [ἐγκρατῆ]
N.T.oOriginally, having power over; possessed of; hence, controlling, keeping in hand. Ἑγκράτεια temperance Acts 24:25; Galatians 5:23; 2 Peter 1:6. Εγκρατεύεσθαι tocontain one's self, 1 Corinthians 7:9; 1 Corinthians 9:25. [source]
2 Peter 1:6 Temperance [την εγκρατειαν]
Self-control. Old word (from εγκρατης — egkratēs εν — en and κρατος — kratos one holding himself in as in Titus 1:8), in N.T. only here, Acts 24:25; Galatians 5:23. The opposite of the πλεονεχια — pleonexia of the heretics. [source]

What do the individual words in Galatians 5:23 mean?

gentleness self-control against things such no there is law
πραΰτης ἐγκράτεια κατὰ τῶν τοιούτων οὐκ ἔστιν νόμος

πραΰτης  gentleness 
Parse: Noun, Nominative Feminine Singular
Root: πραΰτης  
Sense: mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit, meekness.
ἐγκράτεια  self-control 
Parse: Noun, Nominative Feminine Singular
Root: ἐγκράτεια  
Sense: self-control (the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, esp.
κατὰ  against 
Parse: Preposition
Root: κατά 
Sense: down from, through out.
τῶν  things 
Parse: Article, Genitive Neuter Plural
Root:  
Sense: this, that, these, etc.
τοιούτων  such 
Parse: Demonstrative Pronoun, Genitive Neuter Plural
Root: τοιοῦτος  
Sense: such as this, of this kind or sort.
οὐκ  no 
Parse: Adverb
Root: οὐ  
Sense: no, not; in direct questions expecting an affirmative answer.
ἔστιν  there  is 
Parse: Verb, Present Indicative Active, 3rd Person Singular
Root: εἰμί  
Sense: to be, to exist, to happen, to be present.
νόμος  law 
Parse: Noun, Nominative Masculine Singular
Root: νόμος  
Sense: anything established, anything received by usage, a custom, a law, a command.

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