|English Standard Version (© 2001)|
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.
Young's Literal Translation
I am afraid of you, lest in vain I did labour toward you.
Galatians 4:11 Additional TranslationsVincent'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."
Galatians 4:11 Parallel CommentariesAfraid Alarmed Bestowed Efforts Fear Indeed Labor Labored Means Perhaps Purpose Somehow Vain Wasted WorkingAfraid Alarmed Bestowed Efforts Fear Indeed Labor Labored Means Perhaps Purpose Somehow Vain Wasted WorkingThe ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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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.