11 I am afraid (A)I may have labored over you in vain.

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For this reason, (A)when I could bear it no longer, (B)I sent to learn about your faith, (C)for fear that somehow (D)the tempter had tempted you and (E)our labor would be in vain.

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I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those (A)who seemed influential) the gospel that (B)I proclaim among the Gentiles, (C)in order to make sure I was not running or had not (D)run in vain.

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Watch yourselves, (A)so that you may not lose what we[a] have worked for, but (B)may win a full reward.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 John 1:8 Some manuscripts you

16 holding fast to (A)the word of life, so that in (B)the day of Christ (C)I may be proud that (D)I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

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Look: I, Paul, say to you that (A)if you accept circumcision, (B)Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that (C)he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are (D)severed from Christ, (E)you who would be justified[a] by the law; (F)you have fallen away from grace.

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  1. Galatians 5:4 Or counted righteous

20 I wish I could be present with you now and change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.

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20 For I fear that perhaps (A)when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. 21 I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those (B)who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, (C)sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.

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For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since (A)I betrothed you to one husband, (B)to present you (C)as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that (D)as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts (E)will be led astray from a (F)sincere and (G)pure devotion to Christ.

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58 (A)Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in (B)the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord (C)your labor is not in vain.

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The Macedonian Call

And (A)they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.

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(A)But I said, “I have labored in vain;
    I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my right is with the Lord,
    and my recompense with my God.”

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