Galatians 4:11
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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.

American Standard Version
I am afraid of you, lest by any means I have bestowed labor upon you in vain.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I am afraid of you, lest perhaps I have laboured in vain among you.

English Revised Version
I am afraid of you, lest by any means I have bestowed labour upon you in vain.

Webster's Bible Translation
I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labor in vain.

Weymouth New Testament
I am alarmed about you, and am afraid that I have perhaps bestowed labour upon you to no purpose.

Galatians 4:11 Parallel
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Vincent'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."

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am.

Galatians 4:20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

2 Corinthians 11:2,3 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband...

2 Corinthians 12:20,21 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found to you such as you would not...

lest.

Galatians 2:2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles...

Galatians 5:2-4 Behold, I Paul say to you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing...

Isaiah 49:4 Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD...

Acts 16:6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord...

Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.

1 Thessalonians 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you...

2 John 1:8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have worked, but that we receive a full reward.

Cross References
Galatians 4:10
You observe days and months and seasons and years!

Galatians 4:12
Brothers, I entreat you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong.

Philippians 2:16
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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