Galatians 4:20
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English Standard Version
I wish I could be present with you now and change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.

King James Bible
I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

American Standard Version
but I could wish to be present with you now, and to change my tone; for I am perplexed about you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I would willingly be present with you now, and change my voice: because I am ashamed for you.

English Revised Version
yea, I could wish to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I am perplexed about you.

Webster's Bible Translation
I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

Weymouth New Testament
Would that I were with you and could change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.

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Vincent's Word Studies

I desire (ἤθελον)

Better, I could wish, the imperfect tense referring to a suppressed conditional clause, as if it were possible. Comp. Acts 25:22; Romans 9:3.

To change my voice (ἀλλάξαι τὴν φωνήν μου)

To address you, not with my former severity, so as to make you think me your enemy, but affectionately, as a mother speaks to her children, yet still telling them the truth (ἀληθεύων).

I stand in doubt of you (ἀποροῦμαι ἐν ὑμῖν)

Lit. I am perplexed in you. For this use of ἐν, comp. 2 Corinthians 7:16; Galatians 1:24. Paul's perplexity is conceived as taking place in the readers. For the verb, see on Mark 6:20; see on 2 Corinthians 4:8. Paul means: "I am puzzled how to deal with you; how to find entrance to your hearts.

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to be.

1 Corinthians 4:19-21 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power...

1 Thessalonians 2:17,18 But we, brothers, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart...

1 Thessalonians 3:9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy with which we joy for your sakes before our God;

stand in doubt of you. or, am perplexed for you.

Galatians 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed on you labor in vain.

Cross References
Mark 6:20
for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.

2 Corinthians 4:8
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;

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