6 1 Now he entreateth particularly of charity toward such as offend, 6 toward the Minsters of the word, 10 and those that are of the household of faith: 12 Not like unto such who have a counterfeit zeal of the Law, 13 glorying in the mangling of the flesh, 14 and not in the cross of Christ.
1 Brethren, [a]If a man be [b]suddenly taken in any offense, ye which are [c]spiritual, [d]restore such one with the [e]spirit of meekness, [f]considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 [g]Bear ye one another’s burden, and so fulfill the [h]Law of Christ.
3 For if any man seem to himself, that he is somewhat, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself in his imagination.
4 But let every man prove his own work: and then shall he have rejoicing in himself only and not in another.
Galatians 6:1This is a kind of speech which the Hebrews use, giving to understand thereby, that all good gifts come from God.
Galatians 6:1He toucheth the fore: for they commonly are most severe judges, which forget their own infirmities.
Galatians 6:2He showeth that this is the end of reprehensions, to raise up our brother which is fallen, and not proudly to oppress him. Therefore everyone must seek to have commendation of his own life by approving of himself, and not by reprehending others.
Galatians 6:2Christ, in plain and flat words, calleth the commandment of charity, his commandment.
Galatians 6:5A reason wherefore men ought to have the greatest eye upon themselves, because that every man shall be judged before God according to his own life, and not by comparing himself with other men.
Galatians 6:6It is meet that masters should be sound by their scholars, so far forth as they are able.
Galatians 6:7He commendeth liberality towards the poor, and first of all chideth them which were not ashamed to pretend this and that, and all because they would not help their neighbors, as though they could deceive God: and afterward compareth alms to a spiritual sowing, which shall have a most plentiful harvest, so that it shall be very profitable: and compareth covetous niggardliness to a carnal sowing, whereof nothing can be gathered but such things as fade away, and perish by and by.
Galatians 6:9Against such as are liberal at the beginning, but continue not, because the harvest seemeth to be deferred very long, as though the seed time and the harvest were at one instant.
Galatians 6:10They that are of the household of faith, that is, such as are joined with us in the profession of one selfsame religion, ought to be preferred before all others, yet so notwithstanding that our liberality extends to all.
Galatians 6:11The fourth and last part of the Epistle, wherein he returneth to his principal end and purpose: to wit, that the Galatians should not suffer themselves to be led out of the way by the false apostles: and he pointeth out those false apostles in their colors, reproving them of ambition, as men that do not that which they do, for any affection and zeal they have to the Law, but only for this purpose, that they may purchase themselves favor amongst their own sort, by the circumcision of the Galatians.
Galatians 6:13That they have entangled you in Judaism, and yet he harpeth on the form of circumcision.
Galatians 6:14He sticketh not to compare himself with them, showing that on the contrary part he rejoiceth in those afflictions which he suffereth for Christ’s sake, and as he is despised of the world, so doth he in like sort esteem the world as naught: which is the true circumcision of a true Israelite.
Galatians 6:14When Paul useth this word in good sense of part, it signifieth to rest a man’s self wholly in a thing, and to content himself therewith.
Galatians 6:17Continuing still in the same metaphor, he opposeth his miseries and the marks of those stripes which he bare for Christ’s sake, against the scar of the outward circumcision, as a true mark of his Apostleship.
Galatians 6:17Marks which are burnt into a man’s flesh, as they used in old times, to mark their servants that had run away from them.
Galatians 6:17For it importeth much, whose marks we bear: for the cause maketh the Martyr, and not the punishment.
Galatians 6:18Taking his farewell of them, he wisheth them grace, and the Spirit against the deceits of the false apostles, who labored to beat those outward things into their brains.
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