Are we to bear other’s burdens or our own? (Galatians 6:5)

Gal 6:5 for each one should carry their own load.(H)

Galatians 6:5 : ver 2; Jer 31:30

2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.(A)

Cross references

    Galatians 6:2 : 1Co 9:21; Jas 2:8

Galatians 6:2 in all English translations

Jeremiah 31:30
New International Version

30 Instead, everyone will die for their own sin;(A) whoever eats sour grapes—their own teeth will be set on edge.

Galatians 6:5

NKJV - 5 For each one shall bear his own load.

Clarify Share Report Asked November 27 2020 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In my opinion, any seeming contradiction between the verses cited in the question can be addressed by considering the type of "load" of which each is speaking.

Galatians 6:2 is speaking of an external load that can be mitigated through the offering of sympathetic words and actions (the figurative sharing of that burden).

Galatians 6:5 is speaking of the responsibility of the Christian to answer to God for his or her own actions -- a "load" that the Christian has imposed on himself or herself, and a responsibility that cannot be "shared" (that is, lessened or mitigated in the case of actions that are deserving of God's punishment) by pointing out that there are others who are worse than oneself.

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