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Galatians 5:1

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Freedom of the Believer

5:1 For freedom1 Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke2 of slavery.

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tn Translating the dative as “For freedom” shows the purpose for Christ setting us free; however, it is also possible to take the phrase in the sense of means or instrument (“with [or by] freedom”), referring to the freedom mentioned in 4:31 and implied throughout the letter.


sn Here the yoke figuratively represents the burdensome nature of slavery.