Galatians 6:9
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New International Version
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

New Living Translation
So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.

English Standard Version
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

New American Standard Bible
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

King James Bible
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don't give up.

International Standard Version
Let's not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest—if we do not give up.

NET Bible
So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when we do what is good, let it not be tedious to us, for there shall be a time when we reap, and that will not be tedious to us.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We can't allow ourselves to get tired of living the right way. Certainly, each of us will receive [everlasting life] at the proper time, if we don't give up.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.

King James 2000 Bible
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

American King James Version
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

American Standard Version
And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And in doing good, let us not fail. For in due time we shall reap, not failing.

Darby Bible Translation
but let us not lose heart in doing good; for in due time, if we do not faint, we shall reap.

English Revised Version
And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Webster's Bible Translation
And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Weymouth New Testament
Let us not abate our courage in doing what is right; for in due time we shall reap a reward, if we do not faint.

World English Bible
Let us not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season, if we don't give up.

Young's Literal Translation
and in the doing good we may not be faint-hearted, for at the proper time we shall reap -- not desponding;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:6-11 Many excuse themselves from the work of religion, though they may make a show, and profess it. They may impose upon others, yet they deceive themselves if they think to impose upon God, who knows their hearts as well as actions; and as he cannot be deceived, so he will not be mocked. Our present time is seed time; in the other world we shall reap as we sow now. As there are two sorts of sowing, one to the flesh, and the other to the Spirit, so will the reckoning be hereafter. Those who live a carnal, sensual life, must expect no other fruit from such a course than misery and ruin. But those who, under the guidance and influences of the Holy Spirit, live a life of faith in Christ, and abound in Christian graces, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. We are all very apt to tire in duty, particularly in doing good. This we should carefully watch and guard against. Only to perseverance in well-doing is the reward promised. Here is an exhortation to all to do good in their places. We should take care to do good in our life-time, and make this the business of our lives. Especially when fresh occasions offer, and as far as our power reaches.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - And let us not be weary in well-doing (τὸ δὲ καλὸν ποιοῦντες μὴ ἐγκακῶμεν [Textus Receptus, ἐκκακῶμεν]); but in doing that which is good, let us not flag. That is, some sow unto their own flesh, some unto the Spirit; let us be of those who do that which is commendable; and not that only; let us do it with an unflagging spirit. Such seems to be the swaying of thought in the sentence; hence the position of the participial phrase before the verb: the participle is not a mere qualification of the verb, as it is in the rendering, "Let us not be weary in well-doing," and as it is in 2 Thessalonians 3:13; but, with an implied exhortation that such should be the case, it supposes that we are of the better class, and founds upon the supposition the exhortation not to flag. "That which is commendable (τὸ καλόν)" recites, not works of beneficence only, but every species of moral excellence, comprising in brief the enumeration given in Philippians 4:8, all of which is included in "sowing unto the Spirit," The verb ἐγκακεῖν occurs in five other places of the New Testament - Luke 18:1; 2 Corinthians 4:1, 16; Ephesians 3:13; 2 Thessalonians 3:13. In every one of these six passages some of the manuscripts present the variant reading of ἐκκακεῖν, which in all is adopted in the Textus Receptus, but is in all replaced with the general consent of recent editors by ἐγκακεῖν. It is, indeed, questioned whether ἐκκακεῖν is ever used by any Greek author. The difference in meaning is material: ἐγκακεῖν is to be bad in doing a thing; while ἐκκακεῖν, would probably mean to be so bad at a course of action as to leave it off altogether. In the first four of the above-cited passages it is tendered in the Authorized Version by "faint;" whilst in 2 Thessalonians 3:13 and here it is rendered "be weary," that is, "flag." In all the notion of flagging appears the most suitable, and in 2 Corinthians 4:1, 16 necessary. In the present passage the course of thought requires us to understand it as not so strong a word as ἐκλύεσθαι. Critics point attention to the play of phrase in connecting the expression, doing that which is commendable or good, with the verb denoting being bad at doing it. So in 2 Thessalonians 3:13, μὴ ἐγκακήσητε καλοποιοῦντες. The epigrammatic combination would seem to have been a favourite one with St. Paul, occurring as it does in two letters written several years apart. Such playfulness is not foreign to his style. The use of the first person plural may be merely cohortative, as above in Galatians 5:24. But it may also he a real self-exhortation as well. In the long, long, weary, arduous conflict which St. Paul was waging throughout his Christian career, the flesh must often have felt weak, and have required the application of this goad. And this tone of personal feeling may, perhaps, be further discerned in the use of the phrase, "in due season;" the blessed reaping of joy may seem to us at times long in coming; but God's time for its coming will be the best time; let us, therefore, be resigned to wait for that. This seems to be the tone of the καιροῖς ἰδίοις, "in its own times," of 1 Timothy 6:15. For in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (καιρῷ γὰρ ἰδίῳ θερίσομεν μὴ ἐκλυόμενοι). for at its own season we shall reap, if we faint not. Καιρὸς ἴδιος is the season assigned to an event in the counsels of God; as in 2 Thessalonians 2:6, ἐν τῷ αὐτοῦ καῖρῳ, "in his season," of the revelation of the "man of lawlessness." Καιροῖς ἰδίοις is used in 1 Timothy 6:15 with reference, as here, to the day of judgment; and in 1 Timothy 2:6 and Titus 1:3, of the manifestation of the gospel. In every case the phrase appears to intimate that the season appointed by God, though not what man might have anticipated or wished, was, however, to be acquiesced in as wisest and best (see last note). The reaping is the same as that referred to in the previous two verses. "If we faint not." The verb ἐκλύεσθαι in Matthew 15:32 and Mark 8:2 is to faint physically from exhaustion. In Hebrews 12:3, 5 it is used of succumbing, giving in, morally; not merely feeling weak, but in consequence of weakness giving up all further effort. In this latter sense it occurs in the Septuagint of Joshua 18:3 and in 1 Macc. 9:8. And this last is its meaning here. It expresses more than the flagging of spirit before mentioned; for that would not forfeit the reward of past achievement, unless it led to the actual relinquishment of further endeavour; this last would forfeit it (comp. Revelation 3:11 and 2 John 1:8). Taking it thus, there is no occasion for understanding this phrase, "not fainting," as several of the Greek commentators do, including apparently Chrysostom, as if it meant thus: "We shall reap without any fear of fainting or becoming weary any more;" which surely, as Alford observes, gives a vapid turn to the sentence.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And let us not be weary in well doing,.... This may be understood of well doing, or doing good works in general, of every sort; which are such as are done according to the will of God, from a principle of love to him, in faith, and in the name and strength of Christ, and with a view to the glory of God: or else acts of beneficence to Christ's ministers and poor in particular; which are agreeable to the mind of God, and wellpleasing in his sight: and in doing which men should not be weary; nor are they, when their spiritual strength is renewed, and grace is in exercise, though they may meet with many things which tend to discourage and make them weary; such as change in their own circumstances, losses in the world, the multitude of objects, the ungratefulness of some, and unworthiness of others:

for in due time we shall reap; either in this world, sooner or later; in proper time, in God's own time, by enjoying an increase of the fruits of righteousness; for the seed sown shall spring up again; the bread that is cast on the waters will be found after many days; and such as honour the Lord with their substance shall be blessed with plenty of temporal good things, either they or theirs: or else in the other world, or at the end of this; which will be the harvest time, the reaping time, the time of enjoying eternal life:

if we faint not; but continue to the end, persevere constantly in doing acts of beneficence, and patiently wait, as the husbandman does, for the precious fruits of the earth; for there must be a distance of time between sowing and reaping; men must not expect to reap as soon as they sow; and therefore should not be weary of sowing, nor impatient in waiting, though they do not see as yet the appearance of the fruits thereof; for in their season they will be seen and enjoyed.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. (2Th 3:13). And when we do good, let us also persevere in it without fainting.

in due season—in its own proper season, God's own time (1Ti 6:15).

faint not—literally, "be relaxed." Stronger than "be not weary." Weary of well-doing refers to the will; "faint not" to relaxation of the powers [Bengel]. No one should faint, as in an earthly harvest sometimes happens.

Galatians 6:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Bear One Another's Burdens
8For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
Cross References
Psalm 126:5
Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.

Proverbs 11:18
A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

Ecclesiastes 11:1
Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return.

Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Jeremiah 45:3
You said, 'Woe to me! The LORD has added sorrow to my pain; I am worn out with groaning and find no rest.'

Matthew 10:22
You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

2 Corinthians 4:1
Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.

2 Corinthians 9:6
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

2 Thessalonians 3:13
And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.

Hebrews 12:3
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:5
And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,

James 5:7
Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.
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And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

us.

Malachi 1:13 You said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and you have snuffed …

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

2 Thessalonians 3:13 But you, brothers, be not weary in well doing.

Hebrews 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against …

well.

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and …

1 Peter 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing you may put to silence …

1 Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that you suffer for well …

1 Peter 4:19 Why let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the …

for.

Leviticus 26:4 Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield …

Deuteronomy 11:14 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the …

Psalm 104:27 These wait all on you; that you may give them their meat in due season.

Psalm 145:15 The eyes of all wait on you; and you give them their meat in due season.

James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, …

if.

Isaiah 40:30,31 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall …

Zephaniah 3:16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear you not: and to Zion, …

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

Luke 18:1 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always …

2 Corinthians 4:1,16 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, …

Ephesians 3:13 Why I desire that you faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Hebrews 3:6,14 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we…

Hebrews 10:35-39 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward…

Hebrews 12:3,5 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against …

Revelation 2:3,7,10,11,17,26-29 And have borne, and have patience, and for my name's sake have labored, …

Revelation 3:5,6,12,13 He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and …

Revelation 3:21,22 To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even …

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