Galatians 5:15
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New International Version
If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

New Living Translation
But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.

English Standard Version
But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

New American Standard Bible
But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

King James Bible
But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another.

International Standard Version
But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you are not destroyed by each other.

NET Bible
However, if you continually bite and devour one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But if you criticize and attack each other, be careful that you don't destroy each other.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye are not consumed one of another.

King James 2000 Bible
But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not consumed one of another.

American King James Version
But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not consumed one of another.

American Standard Version
But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if you bite and devour one another; take heed you be not consumed one of another.

Darby Bible Translation
but if ye bite and devour one another, see that ye are not consumed one of another.

English Revised Version
But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one by another.

Weymouth New Testament
But if you are perpetually snarling and snapping at one another, beware lest you are destroyed by one another.

World English Bible
But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you don't consume one another.

Young's Literal Translation
and if one another ye do bite and devour, see -- that ye may not by one another be consumed.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:13-15 The gospel is a doctrine according to godliness, 1Ti 6:3, and is so far from giving the least countenance to sin, that it lays us under the strongest obligation to avoid and subdue it. The apostle urges that all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. If Christians, who should help one another, and rejoice one another, quarrel, what can be expected but that the God of love should deny his grace, that the Spirit of love should depart, and the evil spirit, who seeks their destruction, should prevail? Happy would it be, if Christians, instead of biting and devouring one another on account of different opinions, would set themselves against sin in themselves, and in the places where they live.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another (εἰ δὲ ἀλλήλους δάκνετε καὶ κατεσθίετε βλέπετε μὴ ὑπὸ ἀλλήλων ἀναλωθῆτε); but if ye be biting and eating up one another, take heed that ye be not one of another utterly destroyed. "Biting" and "eating up" are images drawn from carnivorous animals furiously fighting with each other. The verb κατεσθίεν, eat up, which in 2 Corinthians 11:20 and Matthew 23:14 is applied to the eating up of a neighbour's goods, is here employed in its more literal sense, in order to furnish a figure describing that intense desire to vex and damage an antagonist, which but too often disgraces the so-called religious controversialist or partisan. The verb ἀναλίσκω, utterly destroy, occurs besides only in Luke 9:54 and 2 Thessalonians 2:8, of destruction by fire or lightning; so the compound κατανάλισκον, Hebrews 12:29. It points to another sphere of hurt than that referred to in the two foregoing verbs; for while these latter describe the eager endeavour to sting and "run down" a theological opponent, the former describes the utter laying waste of the inward life of piety. The orthodox opinion may survive, and perhaps be even made clearer and more accurate; but the kernel of filial love and joy in God, and of love towards our brethren, may by the φιλονεικία, the bitter antagonism, of controversy have got to be altogether eaten out. A Christian disciple who has ceased to love, Christ teaches us, is salt which has lost its savour - utterly refuse and hopeless of recovery (Mark 9:50).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But if ye bite and devour one another,.... Another reason inducing to love is taken from the pernicious consequences of a contrary spirit and conduct. The allusion is to beasts of prey falling upon and devouring one another: for wolves or dogs to worry sheep is not strange; but for sheep to distress one another is unnatural. The apostle does not say, if grievous wolves should enter in among you and not spare the flock; but suggests if they themselves should act the part of wolves to one another; having reference to their controversies about the law and circumcision, and the necessity thereof to justification and salvation; which were managed with great heat and bitterness, occasioned great contentions, and threatened them with divisions, parties, and factions; and were attended with envy and malice, with reproachful words, biting sarcasms, scandalous invectives, and injurious actions, which must be of bad consequence: hence he adds,

take heed that ye be not consumed one of another; that is, either beware lest each other's particular peace and comfort be destroyed, which is oftentimes done this way, though a person's state and condition God-ward may be safe; or lest their church state should be destroyed and come to nothing, since love is the cement of it, which being loosened, threatens a dissolution; for as no civil community, either public or private, divided against itself, can stand long, so no religious one; and for want of love the Lord threatens to remove, and sometimes does remove, the candlestick out of its place.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. bite—backbite the character.

devour—the substance by injuring, extortion, &c. (Hab 1:13; Mt 23:14; 2Co 11:20).

consumed, &c.—Strength of soul, health of body, character, and resources, are all consumed by broils [Bengel].

Galatians 5:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Freedom in Christ
14For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." 15But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
Cross References
Galatians 5:20
idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions

Philippians 3:2
Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh.

Colossians 2:8
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
Treasury of Scripture

But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not consumed one of another.

Galatians 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying …

2 Samuel 2:26,27 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? …

Isaiah 9:20,21 And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall …

Isaiah 11:5-9,13 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness …

1 Corinthians 3:3 For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and …

1 Corinthians 6:6-8 But brother goes to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers…

2 Corinthians 11:20 For you suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour …

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

James 3:14-18 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, …

James 4:1-3 From where come wars and fights among you? come they not hence, even …

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