Galatians 6

Bear One Another's Burdens

1 Brothers, 1 o if anyone is caught in any transgression, p you who are spiritual should restore him in q a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 r Bear one another's burdens, and s so fulfill t the law of Christ. 3 For u if anyone thinks he is something, v when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one w test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For x each will have to bear his own load.

6 y One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 z Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for a whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For b the one who sows to his own flesh c will from the flesh reap corruption, but d the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And e let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, f if we do not give up. 10 So then, g as we have opportunity, let us h do good to everyone, and especially to those who are i of the household of faith.

Final Warning and Benediction

11 See with what large letters I am writing to you j with my own hand. 12 k It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh l who would force you to be circumcised, and only m in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But far be it from me to boast n except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which 2 the world o has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For p neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but q a new creation. 16 And as for all who walk by this rule, r peace and mercy be upon them, and upon s the Israel of God.

17 From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.

18 t The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be u with your spirit, brothers. Amen.

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 141:5
    Let a righteous man strike me - it is a kindness; let him rebuke me - it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it. Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.
    2 Corinthians 2:7
    So you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
    Hebrews 12:13
    And make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.
    James 5:19
    My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back.
  2. Cross References
    Romans 15:1
    We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
    1 Corinthians 10:15
    I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say.
    1 Corinthians 2:15
    The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.
  3. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 4:21
    What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?
    2 Timothy 2:25
    Correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth.
  4. Cross References
    Romans 15:1
    We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
    1 Thessalonians 5:14
    And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
  5. Cross References
    Galatians 5:14
    For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
  6. Cross References
    1 John 4:21
    And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
    John 13:34
    A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
  7. Cross References
    Galatians 2:6
    And from those who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality) - those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me.
    1 Corinthians 3:7
    So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
    1 Corinthians 3:18
    Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
  8. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 12:11
    I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing.
  9. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 11:28
    Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
    2 Corinthians 13:5
    Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? - unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
  10. Cross References
    Romans 14:12
    So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
  11. Cross References
    Romans 15:27
    For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.
    1 Corinthians 9:11
    If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?
  12. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 6:9
    Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality.
    1 Corinthians 15:33
    Do not be deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals.
    James 1:16
    Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
  13. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 9:6
    The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
  14. Cross References
    Hosea 8:7
    For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; it shall yield no flour; if it were to yield, strangers would devour it.
    Job 4:8
    As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.
  15. Cross References
    Romans 6:21
    But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
  16. Cross References
    James 3:18
    And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
  17. Cross References
    2 Thessalonians 3:13
    As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.
    1 Corinthians 15:58
    Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
  18. Cross References
    Hebrews 12:3
    Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
    Hebrews 12:5
    And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? "My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him.
    Hebrews 10:36
    For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
    Matthew 10:22
    And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
  19. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:27
    Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
    John 9:4
    We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.
    John 12:35
    So Jesus said to them, "The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.
  20. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:28
    Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
    1 Timothy 6:18
    They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.
    1 Thessalonians 5:15
    See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
  21. Cross References
    Ephesians 2:19
    So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.
    1 Timothy 5:8
    But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
    Hebrews 3:6
    But Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.
  22. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 16:21
    I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand.
  23. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 11:13
    For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
  24. Cross References
    Galatians 2:3
    But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek.
  25. Cross References
    Galatians 5:11
    But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed.
  26. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 2:2
    For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
    Philippians 3:3
    For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh -
    Philippians 3:7 - 8
    But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
  27. Cross References
    Romans 6:6
    We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
  28. Cross References
    Romans 2:28
    For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical.
    Galatians 5:6
    For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.
  29. Cross References
    John 3:5
    Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
    John 3:7
    Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.
    Romans 6:4
    We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
  30. Cross References
    Psalms 125:5
    But those who turn aside to their crooked ways the Lord will lead away with evildoers! Peace be upon Israel!
    Psalms 128:6
    May you see your children's children! Peace be upon Israel!
  31. Cross References
    Galatians 3:7
    Know then that it is those of faith who are the...
    Galatians 3:9
    So then, those who are of faith are blessed alo...
    Galatians 3:29
    And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's...
    Romans 2:29
    But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is ...
    Romans 4:12
    And to make him the father of the circumcised w...
    Romans 9:6 - 8
    But it is not as though the word of God has fai...
    Philippians 3:3
    For we are the circumcision, who worship by the...
  32. Cross References
    Philemon 1:25
    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
    Romans 16:20
    The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
  33. Cross References
    2 Timothy 4:22
    The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
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