Galatians 2:8
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New International Version
For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles.

New Living Translation
For the same God who worked through Peter as the apostle to the Jews also worked through me as the apostle to the Gentiles.

English Standard Version
(for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles),

New American Standard Bible
(for He who effectually worked for Peter in his apostleship to the circumcised effectually worked for me also to the Gentiles),

King James Bible
(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
since the One at work in Peter for an apostleship to the circumcised was also at work in me for the Gentiles.

International Standard Version
For the one who worked through Peter by making him an apostle to the circumcised also worked through me by sending me to the gentiles.

NET Bible
(for he who empowered Peter for his apostleship to the circumcised also empowered me for my apostleship to the Gentiles)

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he who encourages Kaypha in the Apostleship of the circumcision also encourages me in the Apostleship of the Gentiles.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The one who made Peter an apostle to Jewish people also made me an apostle to people who are not Jewish.

Jubilee Bible 2000
(for he that showed himself forth in Peter for apostleship of the circumcision, the same also showed himself forth in me toward the Gentiles);

King James 2000 Bible
(For he that worked effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

American King James Version
(For he that worked effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

American Standard Version
(for he that wrought for Peter unto the apostleship of the circumcision wrought for me also unto the Gentiles);

Douay-Rheims Bible
(For he who wrought in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, wrought in me also among the Gentiles.)

Darby Bible Translation
(for he that wrought in Peter for [the] apostleship of the circumcision wrought also in me towards the Gentiles,)

English Revised Version
(for he that wrought for Peter unto the apostleship of the circumcision wrought for me also unto the Gentiles);

Webster's Bible Translation
(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me towards the Gentiles:)

Weymouth New Testament
for He who had been at work within Peter with a view to his Apostleship to the Jews had also been at work within me with a view to my Apostleship to the Gentiles--

World English Bible
(for he who appointed Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision appointed me also to the Gentiles);

Young's Literal Translation
for He who did work with Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, did work also in me in regard to the nations,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision (ὁ γὰρ ἐνεργήσας Πέτρῳ εἰς ἀποστολὴν τῆς περιτομῆς); he that had wrought on Peter's behalf for apostleship of the circumcision. In form, the sentence is an absolute statement of fact; but its bearing in the context would be fairly represented by rendering it relatively, "for that he who," etc.; for it was the perception of the fact here stated which led that assembly to the conviction that Paul had been entrusted with the apostleship of the uncircumcision. The dative Πέτρῳ can scarcely be governed, as the Authorized Version presupposes, by the preposition in ἐνεργήσας, this verb not being a separable compound; it is rather the dativus commodi, as in Proverbs 31:12, Ἐνεργεῖ τῷ ἀνδρὶ εἰς ἀγαθά. When operation in a subject is meant, the preposition ἐν is added, as Ephesians 1:20; Ephesians 2:2; Galatians 3:5. The worker is God, not Christ (comp. 1 Corinthians 12:6; Philippians 2:13). God wrought on Peter's behalf for apostleship of the circumcision; that is, towards, in furtherance of, his work as their apostle, by constituting him their apostle, by making his ministry effectual in turning their hearts to Christ, and by miracles wrought by his hands, including the impartation through him of miraculous gifts to his converts; for such were "the signs of the apostle" (2 Corinthians 12:12). The same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles (ἐνήργησε καὶ ἐμοὶ εἰς τὰ ἔθνη); had wrought also on my behalf towards the Gentiles. Comp. Acts 15:12, "They hearkened unto Barnabas and Paul rehearsing what signs and wonders God had wrought (ἐποίησεν) among the Gentiles by them;" where likewise, as here, the aorist tense is used of action they were then looking back upon as past. The absence of Barnabas's name in this verse, though mentioned in the next, is significant. Barnabas was not an apostle in that highest sense of the term in which Paul was an apostle, and which alone he is now thinking of; although he was associated with Paul, both in ministerial work and in that lower form of apostleship which beth had received from men (comp. Acts 14:4, 14; and Dissertation I. in the Introduction).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For he that wrought effectually in Peter,.... The Syriac version renders it, "he who exhorted Peter to"; the Arabic version is, "he who strengthened Peter in"; the Spirit of God is meant, who filled Peter with such eminent gifts, and inspired him with so much zeal and resolution

to the apostleship of circumcision, to discharge his office as an apostle among the Jews; and who wrought by him such wonderful works for the confirmation of it, as curing the man that was lame from his birth, striking Ananias and Sapphira dead for telling lies, and raising Dorcas from the dead, and communicating miraculous gifts by the imposition of his hands; and which same Spirit also made his ministrations effectual to the conversion of a large number of souls, as of three thousand by one sermon.

The same was mighty in me towards the Gentiles. The Spirit of God wrought as effectually in, and by him, as in Peter; filled him with extraordinary gifts for the discharge of his work among the Gentiles, and inspired him with equal zeal, constancy, and intrepidity of mind; wrought as many miracles by him to confirm his mission; such as striking blind Elymas the sorcerer, healing the cripple at Lystra, raising Eutychus from the dead, with many other signs and wonders wrought by him among the Gentiles, through the power of the Spirit of God, whereby they became obedient by word and deed. The same Spirit also accompanied the Gospel preached by him, to the conversion of multitudes, by which means many famous churches were founded and raised among the Gentiles; and this is another reason which induced the apostles at Jerusalem to take Paul and Barnabas into an association with them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. he—God (1Co 12:6).

wrought effectually—that is, made the preached word efficacious to conversion, not only by sensible miracles, but by the secret mighty power of the Holy Ghost.

in Peter—Ellicott and others, translate, "For Peter." Grotius translates as English Version.

to—with a view to.

was mighty—Translate as before, the Greek being the same, "wrought effectually."

in me—"for (or 'in') me also."

Galatians 2:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Council at Jerusalem
7But on the contrary, seeing that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised 8(for He who effectually worked for Peter in his apostleship to the circumcised effectually worked for me also to the Gentiles), 9and recognizing the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, so that we might go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.…
Cross References
Acts 1:25
to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs."

1 Thessalonians 2:13
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.
Treasury of Scripture

(For he that worked effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

he.

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come on …

Acts 2:14-41 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and …

Acts 3:12-26 And when Peter saw it, he answered to the people, You men of Israel, …

Acts 4:4 However, many of them which heard the word believed; and the number …

Acts 5:12-16 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders worked …

Acts 8:17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

the same.

Galatians 3:5 He therefore that ministers to you the Spirit, and works miracles …

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to him, Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel …

Acts 13:2-11 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said…

Acts 14:3-11 Long time therefore stayed they speaking boldly in the Lord, which …

Acts 15:12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul…

Acts 19:11,12,26 And God worked special miracles by the hands of Paul…

Acts 21:19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things …

Acts 22:21 And he said to me, Depart: for I will send you far hence to the Gentiles.

Acts 26:17,18 Delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom now I send you…

1 Corinthians 1:5-7 That in every thing you are enriched by him, in all utterance, and …

1 Corinthians 9:2 If I be not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you: for …

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed …

2 Corinthians 11:4,5 For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, …

Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which …

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