English Standard Version
I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.
King James Bible
I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
Darby Bible Translation
I am afraid of you, lest indeed I have laboured in vain as to you.
World English Bible
I am afraid for you, that I might have wasted my labor for you.
Young's Literal Translation
I am afraid of you, lest in vain I did labour toward you.
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
I am afraid of you (φοβοῦμαι ὑμᾶς)
Not a felicitous translation, though retained by Rev. Rather, "I am afraid for you or concerning you." The second ὑμᾶς is not attracted into the principal clause so as to read, "I am afraid lest I have bestowed labor," etc. The two clauses are distinct. I am afraid about you: then the reason for the fear is added, lest I have bestowed, etc.
Upon you (εἰς ὑμᾶς)
Lit. into you. The labor, though in vain, had born directly upon its object. See the same phrase Romans 16:6.
In vain (εἰκῇ)
Comp. Galatians 3:4; 1 Corinthians 15:2, and εἰς to no purpose, Philippians 2:16; 2 Corinthians 6:1; Galatians 2:2; 1 Thessalonians 3:5. After all my labor, you may return to Judaism. Luther says: "These words of Paul breathe tears."
LibraryFourth Sunday in Lent
Text: Galatians 4, 21-31. 21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, one by the handmaid, and one by the freewomen. 23 Howbeit the son by the handmaid is born after the flesh; but the son by the freewoman is born through promise. 24 Which things contain an allegory: for these women are two covenants; one from mount Sinai, bearing children unto bondage, which is Hagar. 25 Now this Hagar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth …
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. II
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You observe days and months and seasons and years!
Brothers, I entreat you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong.
holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
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