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“Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.”

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Galatians 3:4 Translation & Meaning

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Have ye suffered ἐπάθετε To experience a sensation or impression (usually painful) suffered
so many things τοσαῦτα Apparently from G3588 and G3739) and G3778 (including its variations); so vast as this, i.e., such (in quantity, amount, number of space) many things
in vain? εἰκῇ Idly, i.e., without reason (or effect) vain
if εἴγε If indeed, seeing that, unless, (with negative) otherwise if
it be (No Greek definition. English implied.)
yet καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words yet
in vain. εἰκῇ Idly, i.e., without reason (or effect) vain

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  • 2  This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

  • 3  Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

  • 4  Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.

  • 5  He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

  • 6  Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.


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