Galatians 4:17
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New International Version
Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them.

New Living Translation
Those false teachers are so eager to win your favor, but their intentions are not good. They are trying to shut you off from me so that you will pay attention only to them.

English Standard Version
They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them.

Berean Study Bible
Those people are zealous for you, but not in a good way. Instead, they want to isolate you from us, so that you will be zealous for them.

Berean Literal Bible
They zealously seek you, not rightly. But they desire to isolate you from us, so that you might be zealous after them.

New American Standard Bible
They eagerly seek you, not commendably, but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them.

King James Bible
They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are enthusiastic about you, but not for any good. Instead, they want to isolate you so you will be enthusiastic about them.

International Standard Version
These people who have been instructing you are devoted to you, but not in a good way. They want you to avoid me so that you will be devoted to them.

NET Bible
They court you eagerly, but for no good purpose; they want to exclude you, so that you would seek them eagerly.

New Heart English Bible
They zealously seek you, but for no good purpose; they desire to alienate you, that you may be zealous for them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They imitate you, not for what is excellent but because they want to oppress you that you would imitate them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
These people [who distort the Good News] are devoted to you, but not in a good way. They don't want you to associate with me so that you will be devoted only to them.

New American Standard 1977
They eagerly seek you, not commendably, but they wish to shut you out, in order that you may seek them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They are zealous after you, but not for good; they would exclude you from us, that ye might be zealous after them.

King James 2000 Bible
They are zealous of you, but not for good; yea, they would exclude you, that you might be zealous of them.

American King James Version
They zealously affect you, but not well; yes, they would exclude you, that you might affect them.

American Standard Version
They zealously seek you in no good way; nay, they desire to shut you out, that ye may seek them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They are zealous in your regard not well: but they would exclude you, that you might be zealous for them.

Darby Bible Translation
They are not rightly zealous after you, but desire to shut you out [from us], that ye may be zealous after them.

English Revised Version
They zealously seek you in no good way; nay, they desire to shut you out, that ye may seek them.

Webster's Bible Translation
They zealously affect you, but not well; for, they would exclude you, that ye may affect them.

Weymouth New Testament
These men pay court to you, but not with honourable motives. They want to exclude you, so that you may pay court to them.

World English Bible
They zealously seek you in no good way. No, they desire to alienate you, that you may seek them.

Young's Literal Translation
they are zealous for you -- yet not well, but they wish to shut us out, that for them ye may be zealous;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:12-18 The apostle desires that they would be of one mind with him respecting the law of Moses, as well as united with him in love. In reproving others, we should take care to convince them that our reproofs are from sincere regard to the honour of God and religion and their welfare. The apostle reminds the Galatians of the difficulty under which he laboured when he first came among them. But he notices, that he was a welcome messenger to them. Yet how very uncertain are the favour and respect of men! Let us labour to be accepted of God. You once thought yourselves happy in receiving the gospel; have you now reason to think otherwise? Christians must not forbear speaking the truth, for fear of offending others. The false teachers who drew the Galatians from the truth of the gospel were designing men. They pretended affection, but they were not sincere and upright. An excellent rule is given. It is good to be zealous always in a good thing; not for a time only, or now and then, but always. Happy would it be for the church of Christ, if this zeal was better maintained.
Study Bible
Paul's Fears for the Galatians
16Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? 17Those people are zealous for you, but not in a good way. Instead, they want to isolate you from us, so that you will be zealous for them. 18Nevertheless, it is good to be zealous if it serves a noble purpose—at any time, and not only when I am with you.…
Cross References
Galatians 4:16
Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?

Galatians 4:18
Nevertheless, it is good to be zealous if it serves a noble purpose--at any time, and not only when I am with you.
Treasury of Scripture

They zealously affect you, but not well; yes, they would exclude you, that you might affect them.

zealously.

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Matthew 23:15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you compass sea …

Romans 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according …

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly…

1 Corinthians 11:2 Now I praise you, brothers, that you remember me in all things, and …

2 Corinthians 11:3,13-15 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through …

Philippians 2:21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.

2 Peter 2:3,18 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

exclude you. or, exclude us.

1 Corinthians 4:8,18 Now you are full, now you are rich, you have reigned as kings without …

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