In Gal 5,13–6,10 we find three much-debated passages in which the meaning and connotation, positive or negative, of no/moj are not clear: 5,14; 5,23b; 6,2. This article seeks to shed light on these verses, consi - dered within the context of the letter. Starting with the text as it stands, it is shown how it is possible to understand the use of no/moj in the setting of a coherent development of Paul’s thought in Galatians. Lastly, in view of the paraenetic context in which no/moj is used, some general indications are brought together which are useful for Pauline ethics.
After having shown that Gal 5,13-25 forms a rhetorical and semantic unit, the article examines Gal 5,17, a crux interpretum, and proves that the most plausible reading is this one: 'For the flesh desires against the Spirit — but the Spirit desires against the flesh, for those [powers] fight each other — to prevent you from doing those things you would', and draws its soteriological consequences.