Galatians 2:4
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New International Version
This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves.

New Living Translation
Even that question came up only because of some so-called Christians there--false ones, really--who were secretly brought in. They sneaked in to spy on us and take away the freedom we have in Christ Jesus. They wanted to enslave us and force us to follow their Jewish regulations.

English Standard Version
Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery—

Berean Study Bible
This issue arose because some false brothers were brought in under false pretenses to spy on our freedom in Christ Jesus, in order to enslave us.

Berean Literal Bible
even because of the false brothers brought in secretly, who came in by stealth to spy out our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus that they will enslave us,

New American Standard Bible
But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage.

King James Bible
And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This issue arose because of false brothers smuggled in, who came in secretly to spy on the freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, in order to enslave us.

International Standard Version
However, false brothers were secretly brought in. They slipped in to spy on the freedom we have in the Messiah Jesus so that they might enslave us.

NET Bible
Now this matter arose because of the false brothers with false pretenses who slipped in unnoticed to spy on our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, to make us slaves.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But because of false brethren who came in to spy on the liberty that we have in Yeshua The Messiah, so as to enslave me,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
False Christians were brought in. They slipped in as spies to learn about the freedom Christ Jesus gives us. They hoped to find a way to control us.

New American Standard 1977
But it was because of the false brethren who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And that in spite of the false brethren, who entered secretly to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus that they might bring us into bondage;

King James 2000 Bible
And because of false brethren brought in unawares, who came in secretly to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

American King James Version
And that because of false brothers unawares brought in, who came in privately to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

American Standard Version
and that because of the false brethren privily brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privately to spy our liberty, which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into servitude.

Darby Bible Translation
and [it was] on account of the false brethren brought in surreptitiously, who came in surreptitiously to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage;

English Revised Version
and that because of the false brethren privily brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

Webster's Bible Translation
And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privately to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

Weymouth New Testament
Yet there was danger of this through the false brethren secretly introduced into the Church, who had stolen in to spy out the freedom which is ours in Christ Jesus, in order to rob us of it.

World English Bible
This was because of the false brothers secretly brought in, who stole in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage;

Young's Literal Translation
and that because of the false brethren brought in unawares, who did come in privily to spy out our liberty that we have in Christ Jesus, that us they might bring under bondage,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:1-10 Observe the apostle's faithfulness in giving a full account of the doctrine he had preached among the Gentiles, and was still resolved to preach, that of Christianity, free from all mixture of Judaism. This doctrine would be ungrateful to many, yet he was not afraid to own it. His care was, lest the success of his past labours should be lessened, or his future usefulness be hindered. While we simply depend upon God for success to our labours, we should use every proper caution to remove mistakes, and against opposers. There are things which may lawfully be complied with, yet, when they cannot be done without betraying the truth, they ought to be refused. We must not give place to any conduct, whereby the truth of the gospel would be reflected upon. Though Paul conversed with the other apostles, yet he did not receive any addition to his knowledge, or authority, from them. Perceiving the grace given to him, they gave unto him and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, whereby they acknowledged that he was designed to the honour and office of an apostle as well as themselves. They agreed that these two should go to the heathen, while they continued to preach to the Jews; judging it agreeable to the mind of Christ, so to divide their work. Here we learn that the gospel is not ours, but God's; and that men are but the keepers of it; for this we are to praise God. The apostle showed his charitable disposition, and how ready he was to own the Jewish converts as brethren, though many would scarcely allow the like favour to the converted Gentiles; but mere difference of opinion was no reason to him why he should not help them. Herein is a pattern of Christian charity, which we should extend to all the disciples of Christ.
Study Bible
The Council at Jerusalem
3Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. 4This issue arose because some false brothers were brought in under false pretenses to spy on our freedom in Christ Jesus, in order to enslave us. 5We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel would remain with you.…
Cross References
Acts 15:1
Then some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."

Acts 15:24
It has come to our attention that some went out from us without our authorization and unsettled your minds by what they said.

Romans 8:15
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!"

2 Corinthians 11:13
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:20
In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or exalts himself or strikes you in the face.

2 Corinthians 11:26
In my frequent journeys, I have been in danger from rivers and from bandits, in danger from my countrymen and from the Gentiles, in danger in the city and the country, in danger on the sea and among false brothers,

Galatians 1:7
which is not even a gospel. Evidently some people are troubling you and trying to distort the gospel of Christ.

Galatians 4:3
So also, when we were children, we were enslaved under the basic principles of the world.

Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be encumbered once more by a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:12
As for those who are agitating you, I wish they would proceed to emasculate themselves!
Treasury of Scripture

And that because of false brothers unawares brought in, who came in privately to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

because.

Galatians 5:10,12 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that you will be none …

Acts 15:1,24 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brothers, …

Acts 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, …

2 Corinthians 11:13,17,26 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves …

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they …

unawares.

2 Timothy 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive …

2 Peter 2:1,2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there …

Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old …

liberty.

Galatians 3:23-26 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up to the …

Galatians 5:1,13 Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us …

Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation; and uphold me with your free spirit.

Psalm 119:45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek your precepts.

John 8:31-36 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue …

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, …

1 Peter 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, …

2 Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants …

bring.

Galatians 4:3,9,10,25 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements …

Isaiah 51:23 But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict you; which have …

2 Corinthians 11:20 For you suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour …

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