6:7 Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool. 1 For a person 2 will reap what he sows, 6:8 because the person who sows to his own flesh 3 will reap corruption 4 from the flesh, 5 but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 6:9 So we must not grow weary 6 in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up. 7
2 tn Here ἄνθρωπος (anqrwpo") is used in a generic sense, referring to both men and women.
3 tn BDAG 915 s.v. σάρξ 2.c.α states: “In Paul’s thought esp., all parts of the body constitute a totality known as σ. or flesh, which is dominated by sin to such a degree that wherever flesh is, all forms of sin are likew. present, and no good thing can live in the σάρξ…Gal 5:13, 24;…Opp. τὸ πνεῦμα…Gal 3:3; 5:16, 17ab; 6:8ab.”
4 tn Or “destruction.”
5 tn See the note on the previous occurrence of the word “flesh” in this verse.
6 tn Or “not become discouraged,” “not lose heart” (L&N 25.288).
7 tn Or “if we do not become extremely weary,” “if we do not give out,” “if we do not faint from exhaustion” (L&N 23.79).