Galatians 6

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Galatians 6
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A page showing Galatia 1:2-10 on Papyrus 51, ca. AD 400.
BookEpistle to the Galatians
CategoryPauline epistles
Christian Bible partNew Testament
Order in the Christian part9

Galatians 6 is the sixth (and the last) chapter of the Epistle to the Galatians in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It is authored by Paul the Apostle for the churches in Galatia, written between 49–58 CE.[1] This chapter contains Paul's exhortations and also a summary of the key points in the epistle.[2]

Text[edit]

The original text was written in Koine Greek. This chapter is divided into 18 verses.

Textual witnesses[edit]

Some early manuscripts containing the text of this chapter are:

Work for the Good of All (6:1–10)[edit]

Sower of Galatians 6:8. Saint Aloysius Catholic Church (Bowling Green, Ohio; 2014)
The Sower by W. Wailes, 1864, Galatians 6:9. Stained glass window, St Peter's church, Rodmell, E. Sussex.

This section, in every verse, includes exhortations, which are related to the particular needs of the churches in Galatia.[2]

Verse 2[edit]

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.[3]
  • "Bear one another's burdens": can be done by gentle reprove, by comforting those stressed with guilt, by sympathizing in others' sorrow, by praying to God to manifest his pardoning grace, by forgiving other people, when they committed faults, or by accommodating their weakness, by administering help and relief, whether temporal or spiritual, and bear a part with them in their griefs.[4]
  • "Fulfil the law of Christ": To "fulfill" here to "do" or to "act" in obedience. "The Law of Christ" is "to love one another" (John 13:34-35) in contrast to "the law of Moses". In Judaism, as "Christ" means "Messiah", the so-called "law of the Messiah" is considered preferable to any other.[5][4]

Verse 7[edit]

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.[6]

Verse 8[edit]

For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.[7]

Verse 9[edit]

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.[8]

Conclusion (6:11–18)[edit]

Unlike his other epistles, Paul does not include personal greetings in the end of the epistle. Nonetheless, this part holds the summary and "the hermeneutical key to the whole letter",[9] consisting some key points already discussed previously, but here are emphasized again, such as the topic of 'the new creation' with abolished distinction between the circumcised and uncircumcised.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stanton 2007, pp. 1152–1153.
  2. ^ a b Stanton 2007, p. 1164.
  3. ^ Galatians 6:2 NKJV
  4. ^ a b John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible, - Galatians 6:2
  5. ^ Midrash Kohelet, fol. 83. 1. Quote: The law a man learns in this world is vanity, in comparison of "the law of the Messiah"
  6. ^ Galatians 6:7 ESV
  7. ^ Galatians 6:8 NKJV
  8. ^ Galatians 6:9 NKJV
  9. ^ According to Betz, H. D. (1979) Galatians: A Commentary on Paul's Letter to the Churches in Galatia, Hermeneia (Philadelphia: Fortress), as cited in Stanton 2007, p. 1164
  10. ^ Stanton 2007, pp. 1164-1165.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Stanton, G. N. (2007). "67. Galatians". In Barton, John; Muddiman, John (eds.). The Oxford Bible Commentary (first (paperback) ed.). Oxford University Press. pp. 1152–1165. ISBN 978-0199277186. Retrieved February 6, 2019.

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