GALATIANS 6:12

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.”

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Galatians 6:12 Translation & Meaning

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As many as ὅσοι As (much, great, long, etc.) as many
desire θέλουσιν To determine (as an active option from subjective impulse; whereas G1014 properly denotes rather a passive acquiescence in objective considerations), i.e., choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication, to wish, i.e., be inclined to (sometimes adverbially, gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism, to delight in desire
to make a fair shew εὐπροσωπῆσαι To be of good countenance, i.e., (figuratively) to make a display make fair shew
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
the flesh, σαρκί Flesh (as stripped of the skin), i.e., (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food), or (by extension) the body (as opposed to the soul (or spirit), or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred), or (by implication) human nature (with its frailties (physically or morally) and passions), or (specially), a human being (as such) flesh
they οὗτοι The he (she or it), i.e., this or that (often with article repeated) they
constrain ἀναγκάζουσιν To necessitate constrain
you ὑμᾶς You (as the objective of a verb or preposition) you
to be circumcised; περιτέμνεσθαι To cut around, i.e., (specially) to circumcise circumcised
only μόνον Merely only
lest μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether lest
they should suffer persecution διώκωνται To pursue (literally or figuratively); by implication, to persecute should suffer persecution
for the τῷ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) for the
cross σταυρῷ A stake or post (as set upright), i.e., (specially), a pole or cross (as an instrument of capital punishment); figuratively, exposure to death, i.e., self-denial; by implication, the atonement of Christ cross
of Χριστοῦ Anointed, i.e., the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus of
Christ. Χριστοῦ Anointed, i.e., the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus Christ

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  • 10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

  • 11  Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.

  • 12  As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

  • 13  For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

  • 14  But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.




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