Galatians 4:18
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New International Version
It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you.

New Living Translation
If someone is eager to do good things for you, that's all right; but let them do it all the time, not just when I'm with you.

English Standard Version
It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose, and not only when I am present with you,

Berean Study Bible
Nevertheless, it is good to be zealous if it serves a noble purpose--at any time, and not only when I am with you.

Berean Literal Bible
Now it is good to be zealous in a right thing, at all times and not only in my being present with you.

New American Standard Bible
But it is good always to be eagerly sought in a commendable manner, and not only when I am present with you.

King James Bible
But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now it is always good to be enthusiastic about good--and not just when I am with you.

International Standard Version
(Now it is always good to be devoted to a good cause, even when I am not with you.)

NET Bible
However, it is good to be sought eagerly for a good purpose at all times, and not only when I am present with you.

New Heart English Bible
But it is always good to be zealous in a good cause, and not only when I am present with you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But it is good that you would imitate excellence always, and not only when I am with you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(Devotion to a good cause is always good, even when I'm not with you.)

New American Standard 1977
But it is good always to be eagerly sought in a commendable manner, and not only when I am present with you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is good to be always zealous to do good, and not only when I am present with you.

King James 2000 Bible
But it is good to be zealous always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.

American King James Version
But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.

American Standard Version
But it is good to be zealously sought in a good matter at all times, and not only when I am present with you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But be zealous for that which is good in a good thing always: and not only when I am present with you.

Darby Bible Translation
But [it is] right to be zealous at all times in what is right, and not only when I am present with you --

English Revised Version
But it is good to be zealously sought in a good matter at all times, and not only when I am present with you.

Webster's Bible Translation
But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.

Weymouth New Testament
It is always an honourable thing to be courted in an honourable cause; always, and not only when I am with you, my children--

World English Bible
But it is always good to be zealous in a good cause, and not only when I am present with you.

Young's Literal Translation
and it is good to be zealously regarded, in what is good, at all times, and not only in my being present with you;
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
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. 19My children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,…
Cross References
Galatians 4:13
You know that it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you.

Galatians 4:17
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.
Treasury of Scripture

But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.

it is.

Numbers 25:11-13 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned …

Psalm 69:9 For the zeal of your house has eaten me up; and the reproaches of …

Psalm 119:139 My zeal has consumed me, because my enemies have forgotten your words.

Isaiah 59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation …

John 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of your …

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

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

I am.

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

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: …

Philippians 2:12 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence …

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