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Galatians 6:1-10

Support One Another

6:1 Brothers and sisters, 1  if a person 2  is discovered in some sin, 3  you who are spiritual 4  restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness. 5  Pay close attention 6  to yourselves, so that you are not tempted too. 6:2 Carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 6:3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 6:4 Let each one examine 7  his own work. Then he can take pride 8  in himself and not compare himself with 9  someone else. 6:5 For each one will carry 10  his own load.

6:6 Now the one who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with the one who teaches 11  it. 6:7 Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool. 12  For a person 13  will reap what he sows, 6:8 because the person who sows to his own flesh 14  will reap corruption 15  from the flesh, 16  but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 6:9 So we must not grow weary 17  in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up. 18  6:10 So then, 19  whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the family of faith. 20 

1 tn Grk “brothers.” See note on the phrase “brothers and sisters” in 1:11.

2 tn Here ἄνθρωπος (anqrwpo") is used in a generic sense, referring to both men and women.

3 tn Or “some transgression” (L&N 88.297).

4 sn Who are spiritual refers to people who are controlled and directed by God’s Spirit.

5 tn Or “with a gentle spirit” or “gently.”

6 tn Grk “taking careful notice.”

7 tn Or “determine the genuineness of.”

8 tn Grk “he will have a reason for boasting.”

9 tn Or “and not in regard to.” The idea of comparison is implied in the context.

10 tn Or perhaps, “each one must carry.” A number of modern translations treat βαστάσει (bastasei) as an imperatival future.

11 tn Or “instructs,” “imparts.”

12 tn Or “is not mocked,” “will not be ridiculed” (L&N 33.409). BDAG 660 s.v. μυκτηρίζω has “of God οὐ μ. he is not to be mocked, treated w. contempt, perh. outwitted Gal 6:7.”

13 tn Here ἄνθρωπος (anqrwpo") is used in a generic sense, referring to both men and women.

14 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 σάρξGal 5:13, 24;…Opp. τὸ πνεῦμαGal 3:3; 5:16, 17ab; 6:8ab.”

15 tn Or “destruction.”

16 tn See the note on the previous occurrence of the word “flesh” in this verse.

17 tn Or “not become discouraged,” “not lose heart” (L&N 25.288).

18 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).

19 tn There is a double connective here that cannot be easily preserved in English: “consequently therefore,” emphasizing the conclusion of what Paul has been arguing.

20 tn Grk “to those who are members of the family of [the] faith.”

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