Galatians 6:4
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New International Version
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,

New Living Translation
Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else.

English Standard Version
But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.

Berean Study Bible
Each one should test his own work. Then he will have reason to boast in himself alone, and not in someone else.

Berean Literal Bible
But let each test his own work, and then he will have the ground of boasting in himself alone, and not in another.

New American Standard Bible
But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.

King James Bible
But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But each person should examine his own work, and then he will have a reason for boasting in himself alone, and not in respect to someone else.

International Standard Version
Each person must examine his own actions, and then he can boast about his own accomplishments and not about someone else.

NET Bible
Let each one examine his own work. Then he can take pride in himself and not compare himself with someone else.

New Heart English Bible
But let each man test his own work, and then he will take pride in himself and not in his neighbor.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But a man should prove his work and then he will have pride in himself and not in others.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Each of you must examine your own actions. Then you can be proud of your own accomplishments without comparing yourself to others.

New American Standard 1977
But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But let everyone prove his own work, and then he shall have glory regarding only himself, and not in another.

King James 2000 Bible
But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

American King James Version
But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

American Standard Version
But let each man prove his own work, and then shall he have his glorying in regard of himself alone, and not of his neighbor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But let every one prove his own work, and so he shall have glory in himself only, and not in another.

Darby Bible Translation
but let each prove his own work, and then he will have his boast in what belongs to himself alone, and not in what belongs to another.

English Revised Version
But let each man prove his own work, and then shall he have his glorying in regard of himself alone, and not of his neighbour.

Webster's Bible Translation
But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

Weymouth New Testament
But let every man scrutinize his own conduct, and then he will find out, not with reference to another but with reference to himself, what he has to boast of.

World English Bible
But let each man test his own work, and then he will take pride in himself and not in his neighbor.

Young's Literal Translation
and his own work let each one prove, and then in regard to himself alone the glorying he shall have, and not in regard to the other,
Study Bible
Carry One Another's Burdens
3If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4Each one should test his own work. Then he will have reason to boast in himself alone, and not in someone else. 5For each one should carry his own load.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 3:8
He who plants and he who waters are one in purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.

1 Corinthians 3:14
If what he has built survives, he will receive a reward.

1 Corinthians 11:28
Each one must examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.

Philippians 1:26
so that through my coming to you again, your exultation in Christ Jesus will resound on account of me.
Treasury of Scripture

But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

prove.

Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain my …

Psalm 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

1 Corinthians 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, …

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. …

rejoicing.

Proverbs 14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a …

1 Corinthians 4:3,4 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

1 John 3:19-22 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our …

and not.

Galatians 6:13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but …

Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you, …

1 Corinthians 1:12,13 Now this I say, that every one of you said, I am of Paul; and I of …

1 Corinthians 3:21-23 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours…

1 Corinthians 4:6,7 And these things, brothers, I have in a figure transferred to myself …

2 Corinthians 11:12,13 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them …

(4, 5) The best antidote for such false estimates of self is severe self-criticism. Let a man judge his own work, not by comparison with others, but by the ideal standard, then he will see what it is worth and how much he has to boast of. His boasting will be at least real, and not based upon any delusive comparisons. He must stand or fall by himself. He must bear the weight of his own virtues and his own sins. By them he will be judged, and not by any fancied superiority or inferiority to others. For the thought, compare 2Corinthians 10:12-14.

(4) Prove.--Test, or examine, by reference to an objective standard. The word is used specially of the assaying of metals.

Rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.--Rather, he shall have his ground of boasting with reference to himself alone, and not with reference to his neighbour. He will judge his own actions by the standard properly applicable to them, and will find as much ground for boasting as this will give him, and no more. His standard will be absolute and not relative, and the amount of his boasting will be proportioned accordingly. He will not seek to excuse himself by dwelling upon his neighbour's weaknesses.

Verse 4. - But let every man prove his own work (τὸ δὲ ἔργον ἑαυτοπῦ δοκιμαζέτω ἕκαστος); but his own work let each man bringing to the proof. "His own work;" his own actual conduct. Both "work" and "his own" are weighted with emphasis; "work," as practical behaviour contrasted with professions or self-illusions (comp. 1 Peter 1:17, "Who without respect of persons judgeth according to each man's work"); "his own," as contrasted with these others with whom one is comparing himself to find matter for self-commendation. "Be bringing to the proof;" that is, testing his actual life by the touchstone of God's law, especially of "Christ's law," with the honest purpose of bringing it into accordance therewith. In other words, "Let each man be endeavouring in a spirit of self-watch-fulness to walk orderly according to the Spirit." This notion of practical self-improving attaches to the verb δοκιμάζω ("prove" or" examine") also in Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 11:28; Ephesians 3:10. And then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone (καὶ τότε εἰς ἑαυτὸν μόνον τὸ καύχημα ἕξει); and then in regard to himself alone shall he have whereof to glory. The preposition εἰς is used as in Matthew 14:31, Αἰς τί ἐδίστασας; "What didst thou look at that thou didst doubt?" Acts 2:25, "concerning him;" Ephesians 5:32; Romans 4:20; Romans 13:14; Romans 16:19. It depends upon the whole phrase, "shall have his ground of glorying," and not upon the word rendered "ground of glorying" alone. The distinction which ordinarily obtains between verbals of the form of πρᾶγμα and those of the form of πρᾶξις appears to hold good also in respect to καύχημα and καύχησις. Compare the use of καύχησις in 2 Corinthians 7:4 and James 4:16, with that of καύχημα in Romans 4:2, ἔχει καύχημα, "hath whereof to glory;" 1 Corinthians 9:16, οὐκ ἔστι μοι καύχημα, "I have nothing to glory of." In 1 Corinthians 5:6, οὐ καλὸν τὸ καύχημα ὑμῶν, the substantive seems to mean "boast," that is, what is said in boasting, as distinguished from καύχησις, the action of uttering a beast. The verb καυχῶμαι, with its derivatives - a favourite term with St. Paul - often appears to mean "rejoicing" rather than" boasting" (cf. Romans 5:2; Hebrews 3:6); but it seems desirable as a rule to render it by "glorying," with the understanding that the writer has frequently the joyous state of feeling more prominently in his view than the utterance of self-gratulation. What the apostle meant by "having one's ground of glorying in regard to one's own self alone," is well illustrated by what he says respecting himself in 2 Corinthians 1:12, "Our glorying is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and sincerity of God, not in fleshly wisdom, but in the grace of God, we behaved ourselves in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward." he had been himself in the habit of testing his conduct and spirit by the standard of Christ's law; and this was the fruit. And not in another (καὶ οὐκ εἰς τὸν ἕτερον); and not in regard to that neighbour of his. The article probably points to that neighbour with whom he has been comparing himself; and so, perhaps, also in Romans 2:1. But it may be simply "his neighbour;" "the man who is other than himself;" as it is in 1 Corinthians 6:1 and 1 Cor 10:24, in neither of which passages has any particular "other person" been before referred to. But let every man prove his own work,.... Not concern himself about the actions and works of others; let him review his own heart and actions; let him examine, try, and prove his whole conduct in life by the rule of God's word, when he will find enough at home, without bearing hard upon, and censuring others:

and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another; which is either ironically said, he will then see what reason he has to rejoice and glory in his own works, and vaunt over others, and to boast of his performances, and despise others; so far from it, that he will have reason to be ashamed of himself, and to own and acknowledge his unworthiness and unprofitableness: or if, upon such a review, examination, and probation of his works, it shall appear that he has had his conversation in the world, by the grace of God, in simplicity and godly sincerity, this testimony of his conscience will be his rejoicing; see 2 Corinthians 1:12. He may rejoice "in himself", in his own works, as the fruits of grace, but not as the effects of his own power and strength; and may glory and boast of them before men, in vindication of his cause and character, and as evidences of the truth of grace, but not before God, as if they were the matter of his justification and acceptance:

and not in another; that is fallen into sin; making use of his sins and faults to set off himself, and to increase his own praise and condemnation; rejoicing in this, that he is better than others, and is not, as the Pharisee said, as other men are, as wicked as they, or has not fallen into such sins as others have done. He will have occasion to take such a method as this, if his conversation will bear the test; he will have rejoicing in the testimony of his own conscience, and will have no need to compare himself with others; his glorying will be on account of his own actions, and not through a comparison of other men's. This no ways contradicts a man's glorying in God, and rejoicing in Christ Jesus alone, in the business of salvation. It only regards a man's glorying before men, in a modest and humble manner, of what he is enabled to do, by the grace of God, without fetching in the characters of other men that are wicked, or have fallen, to illustrate his own. 4. his own work—not merely his own opinion of himself.

have rejoicing in himself alone—Translate, "Have his (matter for) glorying in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another (namely, not in regard to his neighbor, by comparing himself with whom, he has fancied he has matter for boasting as that neighbor's superior)." Not that really a man by looking to "himself alone" is likely to find cause for glorying in himself. Nay, in Ga 6:5, he speaks of a "burden" or load, not of matter for glorying, as what really belongs to each man. But he refers to the idea those whom he censures had of themselves: they thought they had cause for "glorying" in themselves, but it all arose from unjust self-conceited comparison of themselves with others, instead of looking at home. The only true glorying, if glorying it is to be called, is in the testimony of a good conscience, glorying in the cross of Christ.6:1-5 We are to bear one another's burdens. So we shall fulfil the law of Christ. This obliges to mutual forbearance and compassion towards each other, agreeably to his example. It becomes us to bear one another's burdens, as fellow-travellers. It is very common for a man to look upon himself as wiser and better than other men, and as fit to dictate to them. Such a one deceives himself; by pretending to what he has not, he puts a cheat upon himself, and sooner or later will find the sad effects. This will never gain esteem, either with God or men. Every one is advised to prove his own work. The better we know our own hearts and ways, the less shall we despise others, and the more be disposed to help them under infirmities and afflictions. How light soever men's sins seem to them when committed, yet they will be found a heavy burden, when they come to reckon with God about them. No man can pay a ransom for his brother; and sin is a burden to the soul. It is a spiritual burden; and the less a man feels it to be such, the more cause has he to suspect himself. Most men are dead in their sins, and therefore have no sight or sense of the spiritual burden of sin. Feeling the weight and burden of our sins, we must seek to be eased thereof by the Saviour, and be warned against every sin.
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