Galatians 2:5
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New International Version
We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.

New Living Translation
But we refused to give in to them for a single moment. We wanted to preserve the truth of the gospel message for you.

English Standard Version
to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.

Berean Study Bible
We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel would remain with you.

Berean Literal Bible
to whom we did not yield in subjection for even an hour, so that truth of the gospel would be preserved with you.

New American Standard Bible
But we did not yield in subjection to them for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel would remain with you.

King James Bible
To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But we did not give up and submit to these people for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel would be preserved for you.

International Standard Version
But we did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might always remain with you.

NET Bible
But we did not surrender to them even for a moment, in order that the truth of the gospel would remain with you.

New Heart English Bible
to whom we gave no place in the way of subjection, not for an hour, that the truth of the Good News might continue with you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Not for a moment did we yield to their oppression, but that the truth of The Gospel may continue with you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But we did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the Good News would always be yours.

New American Standard 1977
But we did not yield in subjection to them for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel might remain with you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Unto whom we did not submit even for one hour that the truth of the gospel might remain with you.

King James 2000 Bible
To whom we yielded in subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

American King James Version
To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

American Standard Version
to whom we gave place in the way of subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To whom we yielded not by subjection, no not for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

Darby Bible Translation
to whom we yielded in subjection not even for an hour, that the truth of the glad tidings might remain with you.

English Revised Version
to whom we gave place in the way of subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

Webster's Bible Translation
To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

Weymouth New Testament
But not for an hour did we give way and submit to them; in order that the Good News might continue with you in its integrity.

World English Bible
to whom we gave no place in the way of subjection, not for an hour, that the truth of the Good News might continue with you.

Young's Literal Translation
to whom not even for an hour we gave place by subjection, that the truth of the good news might remain to you.
Study Bible
The Council at Jerusalem
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. 6But as for the highly esteemed, whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism. For those leaders added nothing to my message.…
Cross References
Galatians 1:6
I am astonished how quickly you are deserting the One who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel--

Galatians 2:14
When I saw that they were not walking in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, "If you, who are a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?

Colossians 1:5
springing from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel
Treasury of Scripture

To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

we.

Galatians 3:1,2 O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey …

Acts 15:2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation …

Colossians 2:4-8 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words…

Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common …

that.

Galatians 2:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth …

Galatians 4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

Ephesians 1:13 In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the word of truth, …

Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard …

1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when you …

(5) To whom--i.e., to the Jewish agitators, though probably not so much in their own persons as through the Apostles who advocated concession to their views.

We gave place.--St. Paul himself, with Barnabas and Titus.

By subjection.--By yielding to them the submission which they claimed of us.

No, not for an hour.--It is strange that the negative here and the relative at the beginning of the verse are wanting in some Latin authorities, including Irenus and (partially, at least) Tertullian. This, however, is only interesting as pointing to a very early corruption of the text, and not for any bearing that it has on the exegesis of the passage.

The truth of the gospel.--The gospel in its true form, with all the liberty which its essential doctrine of justification by faith involves, not mutilated or restricted by any false conditions.

Might continue with you.--The words used in the Greek are expressive of undiminished continuance: "Might reach to you and persist among you in its full extent."

Verse 5. - To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour (οῖς οὐδὲ πρὸς ὥραν εἴξαμεν) To whom; i.e. to the false brethren; not the persons immediately referred to in ver. 3 as seeking to compel Titus to be circumcised. These last used advice and persuasion; the false brethren demanded with clamour (δεῖ, Acts 15:5). The phrase rendered for an hour occurs also John 5:35; 2 Corinthians 7:8; Philemon 1:15. There seems to be an underlying allusion to those occasions on which the apostle did, as he says, "to the Jews become as a Jew, to the weak, weak" (1 Corinthians 9:20, 22); but this he would not do when dealing with false brethren, whose aim was in effect to turn gospel freedom into legal slavery. We; I, Barnabas, Titus. The words οϊς οὐδὲ most certainly belong to the original text. Not merely does only one uncial manuscript omit them, but their omission would leave behind a sentence self-convicted of absurdity. For it would run thus: "But because of the false brethren without warrant brought in, a set of men who without warrant came in to spy out our liberty, that they might degrade us into slavery, we yielded for a season with subjection, that the truth of the gospel might lastingly abide with you;" - yielded, i.e. by circumcising Titus; for this is what this reading most probably supposes St. Paul to have done. In this sentence the vituperative description of the false brethren, so extended and so intensely emphatic, instead of being an implied argument in favour of the course of action which the apostle states he adopted, namely, concession to those men, both lacks all motive for its introduction here, and works wholly in favour of the opposite course, of resistance to their wishes. The only suitable and logical description of those for whose sake the concession would have been made would have been that they were brethren meaning well, but weak in the faith, who should, by concession for a season, be won over to more perfect accord with the gospel. (On this reading, see Alford, and the fuller discussion of it in Bishop Lightfoot, pp. 121-123.) By subjection (τῇ ὑποταγῇ): in the way of subjection. As ὑποταγὴ In the other passages in which it occurs means the habit or spirit of subjection, and never an act of submission (cf. 2 Corinthians 9:13; 1 Timothy 2:11; 1 Timothy 3:4), it probably denotes here subjection of spirit to those who were so authoritatively laying upon us their injunctions, he might give way in a point of this kind in a spirit of brotherly concession; but he would bow to no man's imperative injunction. The article before ὑποταγῇ is the article before an abstract noun, as in τῆς ἀγάπης (Galatians 5:13); τῇ ἐλαφρίᾳ (2 Corinthians 1:17). That the truth of the gospel (ἵνα ἡ ἀλήθεια τοῦ εὐαγγελίου). The truth, the sure unadulterated doctrine, which is embodied in the gospel, and is its very hinge and substance. The same phrase is found in Colossians 1:5. The "truth" is that enunciated in ver. 16, and that it is the very essence of the gospel is declared Romans 1:17. The refusal of Church fellowship to a believer of this gospel except he were circumcised, by just inference vitiated and, indeed, nullified the truth that faith in Christ is the sole and sufficient ground of justification. Might continue with you (διαμείνῃ πρὸς ὑμᾶς). Might never cease to have its home with you, to be believingly entertained by you. Διαμένω is an intensified form of μένω. The preposition πρὸς is used as in Galatians 1:18, where see note. It is possible that, as Alford observes, the Galatians may not specially have been in St. Paul's mind at that time, but only the Gentile Churches in general; and that for greater impressiveness he applies to the particular what was only shared by it in the general. It is, however, supposable that the cases of the several Churches which he had then lately founded with Barnabas were much in his thoughts at that time; for, as is shown by his numerous references to his specific intercessory prayer, his spirit was incessantly conversant with "all the Churches" (2 Corinthians 11:28); and he was anxiously cognizant of efforts made from the very first by legalizing Christians to pervert their faith. It is not certain that Acts 16:6 records the first occasion of his visiting the "Galatic country;" he may have been there and founded "the Churches of Galatia" before the occurrences described in Acts 15; and the opinion is even held by many that Iconium and Derbe, belonging to the Roman province of Galatia, were two of "the Churches of Galatia" (see Introduction, p. 2). To whom we gave place by subjection,.... Meaning not the apostles, elders, and brethren at Jerusalem, who did not insist upon the observance of the rituals of the law as necessary, but were one and all of opinion that the Gentiles should be free from them; but the false teachers with whom they combated, and would not yield in the least unto, so as to be brought into subjection to their impositions, nor suffer others to yield unto them:

no, not for an hour; for the least space of time, knowing what advantages and improvements would be made of it, should they allow of the use of these things as necessary for any short time, though it should be agreed then to drop them. This is a way of speaking used by the Jews, when they would express their steady adherence to any principle or practice; of which take the following instance from Gamaliel (c):

"it happened to Rabban Gamaliel, that he read the first night he was married; his disciples said to him, master, hast thou not taught us, that the bridegroom is free from reading the Shema, i.e. "hear, O Israel", &c. the first night? he replied to them, I will not hearken to you to cause to cease from me the yoke of the kingdom of heaven, , "even one hour".''

The reason why the apostle, and others with him, were so resolute and pertinacious in this matter was,

that the truth of the Gospel might continue with you; with the Galatians in particular, and with all the Gentiles in general, which otherwise would have been in danger of being entirely removed from them, at least of being adulterated and mixed with the Mosaic rites, and the inventions of men; whereas the apostle's desire was, that, the Gospel might be continued with them genuine, sincere, and unmixed, in opposition to the shadows of the law, and the false doctrines of men.

(c) Misn. Beracot, c. 2. sect. 5. 5. Greek, "To whom not even for an hour did we yield by subjection." Alford renders the Greek article, "with THE subjection required of us." The sense rather is, We would willingly have yielded for love [Bengel] (if no principle was at issue), but not in the way of subjection, where "the truth of the Gospel" (Ga 2:14; Col 1:5) was at stake (namely, the fundamental truth of justification by faith only, without the works of the law, contrasted with another Gospel, Ga 1:6). Truth precise, unaccommodating, abandons nothing that belongs to itself, admits nothing that is inconsistent with it [Bengel].

might continue with you—Gentiles. We defended for your sakes your true faith and liberties, which you are now renouncing.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.
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