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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Galatians 5



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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 Galatians 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 2 Corinthians 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 5:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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