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Galatians 2:18

For, if, the things that I pulled down, these, again, I build, a transgressor, I prove, myself, to be.

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:

- Nave's Topical Bible - Justification;   The Topic Concordance - Law;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Justification before God;  

Dictionaries:

- American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Justificiation;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Sin;   Spirituality;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Church;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Canticles;   ;   Galatians, the Epistle to the;   Key;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Circumcision;   Cross, Crucifixion;   Galatians, Letter to the;   Human Free Will;   Romans, Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Antioch;   Council;   Galatians, Epistle to the;   Grace;   Law;   Peter;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Galatians Epistle to the;   Law;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Build;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Peter;  

Encyclopedias:

- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Builder;   Galatians, Epistle to the;   Prove;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - New Testament;  

Devotionals:

- Every Day Light - Devotion for December 3;  

Parallel Translations

The Holy Bible, Berean Study Bible
If I rebuild what I have already torn down, I prove myself to be a lawbreaker.
Contemporary English Version
But if I tear down something and then build it again, I prove that I was wrong at first.
Complete Jewish Bible
Indeed, if I build up again the legalistic bondage which I destroyed, I really do make myself a transgressor.
Darby Translation
For if the things I have thrown down, these I build again, I constitute myself a transgressor.
Easy-to-Read Version
But I would be wrong to begin teaching again those things that I gave up.
American Standard Version
For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a transgressor.
Bible in Basic English
For if I put up again those things which I gave to destruction, I am seen to be a wrongdoer.
Geneva Bible (1587)
For if I build againe the things that I haue destroyed, I make my selfe a trespasser.
George Lamsa Translation
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I will prove myself to be a transgressor of the law.
Hebrew Names Version
For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a law-breaker.
International Standard Version
For if I rebuild something that I tore down, I demonstrate that I am a wrongdoer.
Etheridge Translation
For, if those things which I destroyed I build again, I make it manifest of myself that I transgress the commandment.
Murdock Translation
For if I should build up again the things I had demolished, I should show myself to be a transgressor of the precept.
Good News Translation
If I start to rebuild the system of Law that I tore down, then I show myself to be someone who breaks the Law.
Christian Standard Bible®
If I rebuild the system I tore down, I show myself to be a lawbreaker.
New International Version (1984)
If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a lawbreaker.
King James Version (1611)
For if I build againe the things which I destroyed, I make my selfe a transgressour.
Amplified Bible
"For if I [or anyone else should] rebuild [through word or by practice] what I once tore down [the belief that observing the Law is essential for salvation], I prove myself to be a transgressor.
Update Bible Version
For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a transgressor.
Webster's Bible Translation
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
King James Version
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
Lexham English Bible
For if I build up again these things which I destroyed, I show myself to be a transgressor.
Literal Translation
For what if I build again these things which I destroyed, I confirm myself as a transgressor.
New American Standard Bible
"For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a wrongdoer.
New Century Version
But I would really be wrong to begin teaching again those things that I gave up.
New English Translation
But if I build up again those things I once destroyed, I demonstrate that I am one who breaks God's law.
New International Version
If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker.
New King James Version
For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
World English Bible
For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a law-breaker.
Wesley's New Testament (1755)
God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
Weymouth's New Testament
Why, if I am now rebuilding that structure of sin which I had demolished, I am thereby constituting myself a transgressor;
Wycliffe Bible (1395)
God forbede. And if Y bylde ayen thingis that Y haue distruyed, Y make my silf a trespassour.
New Life Bible
But if I work toward being made right with God by keeping the Law, then I make myself a sinner.
New Revised Standard
But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor.
Douay-Rheims Bible
For if I build up again the things which I have destroyed, I make myself a prevaricator.
Revised Standard Version
But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor.
Tyndale New Testament (1525)
For yf I bylde agayne yt which I destroyed. then make I my selfe a treaspaser.
Young's Literal Translation
for if the things I threw down, these again I build up, a transgressor I set myself forth;
Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
For yf I buylde agayne yt which I haue destroyed, then make I my selfe a trespacer.
Mace New Testament (1729)
on the contrary, if I re-establish what I have demolish'd, I show myself a prevaricator.
English Revised Version
For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a transgressor.
New American Standard Bible (1995)
"For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor.
Bishop's Bible (1568)
For yf I builde agayne the thynges which I destroyed, then make I my selfe a trespasser.
English Standard Version
For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor.
New Living Translation
Rather, I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down.
Simplified Cowboy Version
I'd really be a sinner if I tried to make people do the things that I gave up when I signed on to ride for Jesus.

Contextual Overview

11 But, when Cephas came unto Antioch, to the face, even , him, I resisted, because he stood condemned; 12 For, before that certain came from James, with them of the nations, used he to eat; whereas, when they came, he used to withdraw, and keep himself separate, fearing them of the circumcision; 13 And the rest of the Jews alsoused hypocrisy with him, so that, even Barnabas, was carried away by their hypocrisy. 14 But, when I saw that they were not walking with straightforwardness as regardeth the truth of the glad-message, I said unto Cephas, before all: If, thou, although, a Jew, like them of the nations, and not like the Jews, dost live, how dost thou compel, them of the nations, to live like Jews? 15 We, by nature Jews, and not sinners from among the nations, 16 Knowing, however, that a man is not declared righteous by works of law, nor at all save through faith in Christ Jesus; even we, on Christ Jesus, believed, that we might be declared righteous - by faith in Christ, and not by works of law; because, by works of law, shall no flesh be declared righteous. 17 Now, if in seeking to be declared righteous in Christ we, ourselves also, were found sinners, - is Christ, therefore, a minister, of sin? Far be it! 18 For, if, the things that I pulled down, these, again, I build, a transgressor, I prove, myself, to be. 19 For, I, through means of law, unto law, died, that, unto God, I might live: - 20 With Christ, have I been crucified; and, living no longer, am, I, but, living in me, is, Christ, - while, so far as I now do live in flesh, by faith, I live - The faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up in my behalf.

Bible Verse Review
  from Treasury of Scripure Knowledge

Galatians 2:4, Galatians 2:5, Galatians 2:12-16, Galatians 2:21, Galatians 4:9-12, Galatians 5:11, Romans 14:15, 1 Corinthians 8:11, 1 Corinthians 8:12

Reciprocal: Romans 6:15 - shall we

Cross-References

Genesis 1:31
And God saw every thing which he had made, and lo! it was very good. So it was evening - and it was morning, the sixth day.
Genesis 2:7
So then Yahweh God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed in his nostrils the breath of life - and man became a living soul.
Genesis 2:9
And Yahweh God, caused to spring up, out of the ground, every tree pleasant to the sight and good for food, - and the tree of life, in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 2:11
The name of the one, is Pishon, - the same, is that which surroundeth all the land of Havilah, where is gold;
Genesis 2:12
moreover the gold of that and, is good, - there, is the bdellium, and the beryl stone,
Genesis 2:13
And the name of the second river, is Gihon, - the same, is that which surroundeth all the land of Cush,
Genesis 3:12
And the man said, - The woman whom thou didst put with me, she, gave me of the tree, so I did eat.
Ruth 3:1
Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, - My daughter! shall I not seek for thee a place of rest, in which it may be well with thee?
Proverbs 18:22
Who hath found a wife, hath found a blessing, and hath obtained favour from Yahweh.
1 Corinthians 7:36
If however anyone considereth it behaving unseemly towards his virginity, if he should be beyond the bloom of life, - and, thus, it ought to come about, what he chooseth, let him do, - he sinneth not: let them marry:

Gill's Notes on the Bible

For if I build again the things which I destroyed,.... Which must be understood not of good things, for formerly he destroyed the faith of the Gospel, at least as much as in him lay, and now he built it up, established, and defended it; in doing which he did no evil, or made himself a transgressor, but the reverse; he showed himself a faithful minister of Christ: but of things not lawful, such as the rites and ceremonies of the law of Moses, which were now abrogated, and he had declared to be so all over the Gentile world; and therefore should he go about to establish these things as necessary to salvation, or teach men to join the observance of them with Christ's righteousness for justification, then, says he,

I make myself a transgressor: for he could not be otherwise, be the case how it would with respect to the abrogation, or non-abrogation of the law; for if the law was not abolished, then he made himself a transgressor of it; by neglecting it himself, and teaching others to do so; and if it was abolished, then it must be criminal in him to enforce the observance of it as necessary to a sinner's justification before God. Now though the apostle transfers this to himself, and spoke in his own person to decline all invidious reflections and characters; yet he tacitly regards Peter, and his conduct, who had been taught by the vision the abrogation of the ceremonial law, and acted accordingly by conversing and eating with the Gentiles, and had declared that law to be an insupportable yoke of bondage, which the Gentiles were not obliged to come under; and yet now, by his practice and example, built up and established those very things he had before destroyed, and therefore could not exculpate himself, from being a transgressor: or these things may regard sins and immoralities in life and conversation; and the apostle's sense be, that should he, or any other, take encouragement to sin from the doctrine of free justification by the righteousness of Christ, as if he was the author and minister of sin, and allowed persons in it; this would be to establish sin, which the righteousness of Christ justifies from, and engage in a living in sin, to which, by Christ's righteousness, they are dead unto; than which, nothing can be, a greater contradiction, and which must unavoidably make them not only transgressors of the law, by sinning against it, but apostates, as the word παραβατης here used signifies, from the Gospel; such must act quite contrary to the nature, use, and design of the Gospel in general, and this doctrine in particular, which teaches men to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and that being dead to sin, they should live unto righteousness.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

For if I build again the things which I destroyed - Paul here uses the first person; but he evidently intends it as a general proposition, and means that if anyone does it he becomes a transgressor. The sense is, that if a man, having removed or destroyed that which was evil, again introduces it or establishes it, he does wrong, and is a transgressor of the Law of God. The particular application here, as it seems to me, is to the subject of circumcision and the other rites of the Mosaic law. They had been virtually abolished by the coming of the Redeemer, and by the doctrine of justification by faith. It had been seen that there was no necessity for their observance, and of that Peter and the others had been fully aware. Yet they were lending their influence again to establish them or to build them up again. They complied with them, and they insisted on the necessity of their observance. Their conduct, therefore, was that of building up again that which had once been destroyed, destroyed by the ministry, and toils, and death of the Lord Jesus, and by the fair influence of his gospel. To rebuild that again; to re-establish those customs, was wrong, and now involved the guilt of a transgression of the Law of God. Doddridge supposes that this is an address to the Galatians, and that the address to Peter closed at the previous verse. But it is impossible to determine this; and it seems to me more probable that this is all a part of the address to Peter; or rather perhaps to the assembly when Peter was present; see the note at Galatians 2:15.

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

Verse 18. For if I build again the things which I destroyed — If I act like a Jew, and enjoin the observance of the law on the Gentiles, which I have repeatedly asserted and proved to be abolished by the death of Christ, then I build up what I destroyed, and thus make myself a transgressor, by not observing the law in that way in which I appear to enjoin the observance of it upon others.


 
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