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Bible Commentaries

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Galatians 5

Verse 1

Verse 1

Be not entangled again; do not return again to the bondage of Jewish rites from which you have been delivered.

Verse 2

Verse 2

If ye be circumcised; if you seek salvation through this rite, and rely upon it as the ground of acceptance with God.

Verse 3

Verse 3

He is a debtor, &c.; that is, if he depends upon the law for justification, he must obey it in full.

Verse 4

Verse 4

Ye are fallen from grace; you give up all right to expect or hope for favor or mercy.

Verse 5

Verse 5

Wait for; depend upon. We are looking to that source as the ground of our reliance.

Verse 8

Verse 8

This persuasion; this idea that you must come under obligation to the Mosaic law.

Verse 9

Verse 9

A little leaven, &c.; that is, the error had arisen from the influence of a small number, though it had spread extensively among them.

Verse 10

Verse 10

His judgment; the just judgment of God.

Verse 11

Verse 11

It would seem from this passage that Paul had himself been charged with adhering to the necessity of circumcision.--Persecution; that is, from the Jews.--Is the offence--ceased; it would cease.

Verse 13

Verse 13

For an occasion to the flesh; for the indulgence of sinful propensities.

Verse 16

Verse 16

Ye shall not fulfil; ye will not fulfil.

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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on Galatians 5". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ain/galatians-5.html. 1878.