but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.
But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work.
But Paul disagreed strongly, since John Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not shared in their work.
But Paul wouldn't have him; he wasn't about to take along a quitter who, as soon as the going got tough, had jumped ship on them in Pamphylia.
But Paul was of the opinion that it was not right to take with them one who had gone away from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone on with the work.
But Paul decided not to take with them one who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not accompanied them in the work.
But Paul insisted that they should not take with them the one who had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work.
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1 tn BDAG 94 s.v. ἀξιόω 2.a has “he insisted (impf.) that they should not take him along” for this phrase.
2 sn Pamphylia was a province in the southern part of Asia Minor. See Acts 13:13, where it was mentioned previously.