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Bible Commentaries

Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Galatians 5

Verse 1

Stand fast . See 1 Corinthians 16:13 .

liberty , See Galatians 2:4 .

Christ. App-98 .

hath . Omit.

not . Greek. me . App-105 .

entangled . Greek. enecho .

Here, Mark 6:19 (quarrel against). Luke 11:53 (urge).

bondage . See Galatians 4:24 ,

Verse 2

Behold . Greek. ide . App-133 .

unto = to.

if . Greek. ean . App-118 .

be circumcised = undergo circumcision.

shall = will.

nothing . Greek. oudeis .

Verse 3

testify . Greek. marturomai . See Acts 20:26 ,

man. Greek. anthropos . App-123 .

Verse 4

Christ is , &c. Literally Ye were severed (Greek. katargeo See Ltke Gal 13:7 ) from (Greek. apo) Christ (Galatians 5:1 ).

justified . Greek. dikaioo . App-191 .

by = in. Greek. en . App-104 .

the = Omit.

fallen = fallen off.

grace . Greek. charis , App-184 .,

Verse 5

Spirit . App-101 .

wait for . Greek. apekdechomai . Compare Romans 8:19 , Romans 8:23 , Romans 8:25 ; 1 Corinthians 1:7 . Philippians 1:3 , Philippians 1:20 . Hebrews 9:28 .

righteousness . Greek. dikaiosune . App-191 .

by . Greek. ek . App-104 .

faith. Greek. pistis . App-150 .

Verse 6

in. Greek, App-101 .

Jesus Christ = Christ Jesus. App-98 .

neither, nor . Greek. oute .

availeth . Greek. ischuo . See Acts 6:10 . Compare App-172 .

which worketh = working. Greek. energeo See Galatians 2:8 .

by = through. Greek. dia . App-104 .

love, Greek. agape . App-135 .

Verse 7

did run = were running.

did hinder = impeded. Greek. anakopto . Only here. But the texts read enkopto . See Acts 24:4 ,

obey . Greek. peitho . App-150 .

the truth . i.e. Christ (John 14:6 ).

Verse 8

This = The.

persuasion = obedience. Greek. peisomone . Only here.

not . Greek. ou . App-105 .

of . Gk. ek . App-104 ,

Him. God. See Galatians 1:6 , Galatians 1:15 .

Verse 9

A little , &c. This proverb is quoted 1 Corinthians 5:6 .

lump . Greek. phurama . See Romans 9:21 .

Verse 10

have confidence . Greek. peitho , as above.

in = in regard to. Greek. eis . App-104 .

through . Greek. en . App-104 .

Lord . App-98 .

none = nothing. Greek., oudeis .

otherwise . Greek. allos . App-124 .

minded . Greek. phroneb . See Romans 8:5 .

troubleth . Greek. tarasso , as in Galatians 1:7 .

judgment . Greek. krima . App-177 .

Verse 11

if Greek. ei . App-118 .

preach . Greek. kerusso . App-121 .

do I, &c. = am I still persecuted.

offence . Greek. skandalon . See 1 Corinthians 1:23 .

ceased . Greek. katargeo . See Galatians 5:4 .

Verse 12

were , &c. = even dismembered themselves. Reference to the rite practised by the Phrygians in the worship of Cybele. Compare Mark 9:43 , (Revised Version would even cut themselves off)

trouble . Greek. anastatoo . See Acts 17:6 .

Verse 13

unto = upon. Greek. epi . App-104 . Liberty is the foundation.

for . Greek. eis . App-104 .

occasion . Greek. aphorme . See Romans 7:8 .

serve . he, douleuo . App-190 .

Verse 14

fulfilled . Greek. pieroo . App-125 .

word . Greek. logos . App-121 .

love . Greek. agapao . App-135 . Quoted from Leviticus 19:18 .

Verse 15

bite . Greek. dakno . Only here.

devour . Greek. katesthio . See 2 Corinthians 11:20 .

take heed. Greek. blepo . App-133 .

that . . . not = lest. Greek. me . App-105 .

consumed . Greek. analisko , Only here, Luke 9:54 . 2 Thessalonians 2:8 .

of . = by. Greek. hupo . App-104 .

Verse 16

in the Spirit = by spirit. App-101 .

not . Greek. ou me . App-105 .

fulfil . Greek. teleo . Compare App-125 .

flesh . See Romans 6:12 , Romans 6:19 , Romans 13:14 .

Verse 17

against . Greek. kata . App-104 .

and . The texts read "for".

are contrary . Greek. antikeimai . See 2Co 16:9 .

so that = in order that, Greek. hina .

cannot = may not (Greek. me) .

would . Gr thelo . App-102 .

Verse 18

of = by. No preposition.

under. Greek. hupo . App-104 .

Verse 19

works . Contrast "fruit", Galatians 5:22 .

manifest . Greek. phaneros . App-106 .

which = such as.

Adultery. The texts omit.

uncleanness . Greek. akatharsia . See Romans 1:24 .

lasciviousness . Greek. aselgeia , See Romans 13:13 .

Verse 20

witchcraft = sorcery. Greek. pharmakeia . Here and Revelation 9:21 ; Revelation 18:23 . See also Revelation 21:8 ; Revelation 22:15 . It means magical incantation by means of drugs (Greek. pharmakon) ,

hatred . Greek. echthra . See Romans 8:7 .

variance . Greek. eris . See Romans 1:29 ,

emulations = jealousies. See Romans 13:13 (envying).

strife = factiousuess. Greek. eritheia . See Romans 2:8 .

seditious = divisions. Greek. dichoetasia . See Romans 16:17 .

heresies . See Acts 5:17 .

Verse 21

Envyings . See Romans 1:29 .

drunkenness . See Luke 21:34 .

revellings. Literally Comus banquets. Greek. komas (Chemosh of O.T.) See Romans 13:13 , In this list two sins, idolatry and witchcraft, involve traffic with the powers of evil.

have , &c. = told you before also,

do = practise,

inherit . Greek. kleronomeo . Compare 1 Corinthians 6:9 ,

kingdom. See App-114 .

God. App-98 .

Verse 22

spirit. App-101 .

gentleness. Greek. chrestotes . App-184 .

goodness. Greek. agathosune . See Romans 15:14 .

faith = fidelity, App-150 . Compare Titus 2:10 .

Verse 23

Meekness. Greek. praotes . See 1 Corinthians 4:21 .

temperance = self-control. Greek. enkrateia . See Acts 24:25 .

no. Greek. ou . App-105 .

Verse 24

Christ's. Most texts add "Jesus".

with. Greek. sun , App-104 .

affections = passions. See Romans 7:5 .

Verse 25

live. Compare App-170 .

in. No preposition. Dative case.

let us , &c. Read "we should walk also".

walk. Greek. stoicheo . Compare Galatians 4:3 , and see Acts 21:24 . Not the same word as in Galatians 5:16 , which is peripateo .

Verse 26

desirous of vain glory. Greek. kenodoxos . Only here. Compare Philippians 2:3 .

provoking. Greek. prokaleomai . Only here.

envying. Greek. phthoneo . Only here.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Galatians 5". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/galatians-5.html. 1909-1922.