Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offence of the cross has been abolished.
But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished.
Dear brothers and sisters, if I were still preaching that you must be circumcised––as some say I do––why would the Jews persecute me? The fact that I am still being persecuted proves that I am still preaching salvation through the cross of Christ alone.
As for the rumor that I continue to preach the ways of circumcision (as I did in those pre-Damascus Road days), that is absurd. Why would I still be persecuted, then? If I were preaching that old message, no one would be offended if I mentioned the Cross now and then--it would be so watered-down it wouldn't matter one way or the other.
But I, brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still attacked? then has the shame of the cross been taken away.
But my friends, why am I still being persecuted if I am still preaching circumcision? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed.
And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.
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1 tn Grk “brothers.” See note on the phrase “brothers and sisters” in 1:11.
2 sn That is, if Paul still teaches observance of the Mosaic law (preaches circumcision), why is he still being persecuted by his opponents, who insist that Gentile converts to Christianity must observe the Mosaic law?
3 sn The offense of the cross refers to the offense to Jews caused by preaching Christ crucified.
4 tn Or “nullified.”