Galatians 4:11
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New International Version
I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.

New Living Translation
I fear for you. Perhaps all my hard work with you was for nothing.

English Standard Version
I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.

Berean Study Bible
I fear for you, that my efforts for you may have been in vain.

Berean Literal Bible
I fear for you, lest perhaps I have toiled for you in vain.

New American Standard Bible
I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.

King James Bible
I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am fearful for you, that perhaps my labor for you has been wasted.

International Standard Version
I am afraid for you! I don't want my work for you to have been wasted!

NET Bible
I fear for you that my work for you may have been in vain.

New Heart English Bible
I am afraid for you, that I might have wasted my labor for you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I fear lest I have labored among you for nothing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'm afraid for you. Maybe the hard work I spent on you has been wasted.

New American Standard 1977
I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I am afraid for you, lest I have bestowed labour upon you in vain.

King James 2000 Bible
I am afraid for you, lest I have bestowed upon you labor in vain.

American King James Version
I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed on you labor in vain.

American Standard Version
I am afraid of you, lest by any means I have bestowed labor upon you in vain.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I am afraid of you, lest perhaps I have laboured in vain among you.

Darby Bible Translation
I am afraid of you, lest indeed I have laboured in vain as to you.

English Revised Version
I am afraid of you, lest by any means I have bestowed labour upon you in vain.

Webster's Bible Translation
I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labor in vain.

Weymouth New Testament
I am alarmed about you, and am afraid that I have perhaps bestowed labour upon you to no purpose.

World English Bible
I am afraid for you, that I might have wasted my labor for you.

Young's Literal Translation
I am afraid of you, lest in vain I did labour toward you.
Study Bible
Paul's Fears for the Galatians
10You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! 11I fear for you, that my efforts for you may have been in vain. 12I beg you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.…
Cross References
Galatians 4:10
You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!

Galatians 4:12
I beg you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.

Philippians 2:16
as you hold forth the word of life, in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.
Treasury of Scripture

I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed on you labor in vain.

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Galatians 4:20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for …

2 Corinthians 11:2,3 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused …

2 Corinthians 12:20,21 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, …

lest.

Galatians 2:2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel …

Galatians 5:2-4 Behold, I Paul say to you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall …

Isaiah 49:4 Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for …

Acts 16:6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, …

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always …

Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of …

1 Thessalonians 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your …

2 John 1:8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have worked, …

Verse 11. - I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain (φοβοῦμαι ὑμᾶς μήπῶς εἰκῆ κεποπίακα εἰς ὑμᾶς I am afraid of you, lest by any means 1 have bestowed labour upon you in vain. That is, this behaviour of yours makes me fear whether I may not have bestowed labour upon you fruitlessly. A similar construction of μή πως with an indicative occurs in 1 Thessalonians 3:5, Μή πως ἐπείρασεν ὑμᾶς ὁ πειράζων, "Fearing, whether the tempter may not have tempted you;" followed by the subjunctive, Καὶ εἰς κένον γένηται ὁ κόπος ἡμῶν, "And lest our labour should [in the as yet future result] prove to be for no good." This passage in the Thessalonians serves to illustrate the nature of the mischief, which, in the present case, the apostle feared might result. For one thing, there was the hurt, the perhaps fatal hurt, which the Galatian believers might themselves receive from that virtual renouncement of their spiritual inheritance which they now seemed to be foolishly making. But there was also the disappointment which would accrue to himself through the failure of his work among them: "For what," as he wrote to the Thessalonians, 1 Thessalonians 2:19, "is our hope, or crown of glorying? Are not even ye, before our Lord Jesus at his coming?" The same anticipated joy he speaks of in writing to the Philippians, as about to accrue to himself from the steadfastness of his converts: "That I may have whereof to glory in the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain, neither labour in vain." This anticipation was a joy which he would fain not have wrested from him. I am afraid of you,.... Which shows the danger he apprehended they were in, by taking such large steps from Christianity to Judaism, and expresses the godly jealousy of the apostle over them; intimates he had some hope of them, and in the whole declares his great love and affection for them; for love is a thing full of care and fear:

lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain; in preaching the Gospel among them with so much diligence and constancy, though so many afflictions and pressures lay upon him. Faithful ministers of the word are laborious ones; and such an one was the apostle; and who indeed laboured more abundantly than the rest in all places wherever he came; and such will be concerned, as he was, lest their labours should be in vain, not to themselves, but to the souls of others, whose everlasting good and welfare they are seeking. But how is it that the apostle should fear that his labour in preaching the Gospel would be in vain, and become of no effect through their observance of days, months, times, and years? because that hereby the pure spiritual and evangelic worship of God was corrupted, they bringing into it that which God had removed, and so became guilty of will worship; their Christian liberty was infringed, and they brought into bondage, a deliverance from which the Gospel proclaims; the doctrine of free grace in pardon, justification, and salvation, was made void, they observing these things in order to procure them thereby; and it was virtually and tacitly saying, that Christ was not come in the flesh, which is the main article of the Gospel; for since these things had respect to him, and were to continue no longer than till his coming, to keep on the observation of them, was declaring that he was not come; which is in effect to set aside the whole Gospel, and the ministration of it; so that the apostle might justly fear, that by such a proceeding all his labour, and the pains he had took to preach the Gospel, and salvation by Christ unto them, would be in vain. 11. lest—Greek, "lest haply." My fear is not for my own sake, but for yours.4:8-11 The happy change whereby the Galatians were turned from idols to the living God, and through Christ had received the adoption of sons, was the effect of his free and rich grace; they were laid under the greater obligation to keep to the liberty wherewith he had made them free. All our knowledge of God begins on his part; we know him because we are known of him. Though our religion forbids idolatry, yet many practise spiritual idolatry in their hearts. For what a man loves most, and cares most for, that is his god: some have their riches for their god, some their pleasures, and some their lusts. And many ignorantly worship a god of their own making; a god made all of mercy and no justice. For they persuade themselves that there is mercy for them with God, though they repent not, but go on in their sins. It is possible for those who have made great professions of religion, to be afterwards drawn aside from purity and simplicity. And the more mercy God has shown, in bringing any to know the gospel, and the liberties and privileges of it, the greater their sin and folly in suffering themselves to be deprived of them. Hence all who are members of the outward church should learn to fear and to suspect themselves. We must not be content because we have some good things in ourselves. Paul fears lest his labour is in vain, yet he still labours; and thus to do, whatever follows, is true wisdom and the fear of God. This every man must remember in his place and calling.
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