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Galatians 6


 1 Brethren, (1) if a man be (a) suddenly (*) taken in any offence, ye which are (b) spiritual, (c) restore such one with the (d) spirit of meekness, (2) considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.


(1) He condemneth importunate rigor, because that brotherly reprehensions ought to be moderated and tempered by the spirit of meekness.
(a) Through the malice of the flesh and the devil.

(*) Either by reason of his flesh or Satan.
(b) Which are upholden by the virtue of God's Spirit.
(c) Labor to fill up that which is lacking in him.
(d) That is a kind of speech which the Hebrews use, giving to understand thereby, that all good gifts come from God.
(2) He toucheth the sore, for they commonly are the most severe judges, which forget their own infirmities.


 2  (3) Bear ye one anotherís burden, and so (*) fulfill the (e) Law of Christ.


(3) He sheweth that this is the end of reprehensions, to raise up our brother which is fallen, and not proudly to oppress him. Therefore every one must seek to have commendation of his own life by approving of himself, and not by reprehending others.

(*) Christ exhorteth in sundry places to mutual love, and therefore brotherly love is here called the Law of Christ, and his commandment, John 13:34; John 25:12 .
(e) Christ, in plain and flat words, calleth the commandment of charity, his commandment.


 3 For if any man seem to himself, that he is somewhat, when he is (*) nothing, he deceiveth himself in his imagination.


(*) He sheweth that man hath nothing of himself whereof he should rejoice.


 4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have (*) rejoicing in himself only and not in another.


(*) For his rejoicing is a testimony of a good conscience, 2 Corinthians 1:12; wherein he may rejoice before men, but not before God.


 5  (*) (4) For every man shall bear his own burden.


(*) 1 Corinthians 3:8 .

(4) A 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.


 6  (5) Let him that is taught in the word, make him that hath taught him, partaker of (f) all his (*) (♣) goods.


(5) It is meet that masters should be found by their scholars, so far as they are able.
(f) Of whatsoever he hath, according to his ability.

(*) 1 Corinthians 9:7 .

(♣) For it were a shame not to provide for their corporal necessities, which feed our souls with the heavenly dainties.


 7  (6) Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.


(6) He 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 he 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.


 8 For he that (*) soweth to his (g) flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that soweth to the spirit, shall of the spirit reap life everlasting.


(*) He proveth that the ministers must be nourished; for if men only provide for worldly things without respect of the life everlasting, then they procure to themselves death, and mock God, who hath given them his ministers to teach them heavenly things.

(g) To the commodities of this present life.


 9  (*) (7) Let us not therefore be weary of well doing, for in due season we shall (♣) reap, if we faint not.


(*) 2 Thessalonians 3:13 .

(7) Against 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.

(♣) The fruit which God hath promised.


 10  (8) While we have therefore time, let us do good unto all men, but specially unto them, which are of the household of faith.


(8) Those 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 extend to all.


 11  ∂ (9) Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with my own hand.


(9) The 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.


 12 As many as desire to make a (h) fair shew in (i) the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised, only because they would not suffer persecution for the (k) cross of Christ.


(h) He setteth a far shew against the truth.
(i) In the keeping of ceremonies.
(k) For the preaching of Christ that was crucified.


 13 For they themselves which are circumcised keep not the Law, but desire to have you circumcised, that they might rejoice (*) in (l) your flesh.


(*) That they have made you Jews.

(l) That they have entangled you in Judaism, and yet he harpeth on the form of circumcision.


 14  (10) But God forbid that I should (m) rejoice, but in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, whereby the (*) world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.


(10) He sticketh not to compare himself with them, shewing 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 the like sort esteem the world as nought; and which is the true circumcision of a true Israelite.
(m) When 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.

(*) By the world he meaneth all outward pomp, ceremonies and things, which please menís fantasies.


 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new (*) creature.


(*) Which is regenerate by faith.


 16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace shall be upon them, and mercy, and upon the (n) (*) Israel of God.


(n) Upon the true Israel, whose praise is of God, and not from men; Romans 2:29 .

(*) That is, upon the Jews, as Romans 2:19 .


 17  (11) From henceforth let no man (*) put me to business, for I bear in my body the (o) (♣) marks of the (p) Lord Jesus.


(11) Continuing 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.

(*) Let no man trouble my preaching, from henceforth; for my marks are witnesses how valiantly I have fought.
(o) Marks which are burnt into a man's flesh, as they used in old times, to mark their servants that had run away from them.

(♣) Which are odious to the world, but glorious before God.
(p) For it importeth much, whose marks we bear; for the cause maketh the Martyr, and not the punishment.


 18  (12) Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your (q) spirit, Amen.


(12) Taking his farewell of them, he wisheth them grace, and the Spirit against the deceits of the false apostles, which labored to beat those outward things into their brains.
(q) With your minds and hearts.




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