|New Living Translation (© 2007)|
Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised want to look good to others. They don't want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save.
King James Bible
As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
American Standard Version
As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they compel you to be circumcised; only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.
Young's Literal Translation
as many as are willing to make a good appearance in the flesh, these constrain you to be circumcised -- only that for the cross of the Christ they may not be persecuted,
Galatians 6:12 Additional TranslationsWesley's Notes on the Bible
6:12 As many as desire to make a fair appearance in the flesh - To preserve a fair character. These constrain you - Both by their example and importunity. To be circumcised - Not so much from a principle of conscience, as lest they should suffer persecution - From the unbelieving Jews. For the cross of Christ - For maintaining that faith in a crucified Saviour is alone sufficient for justification.
Galatians 6:12 Parallel CommentariesAvoid Christ Circumcised Circumcision Compel Constrain Cross Desire Display Escape External Fair Flesh Good Impression Object Observances Order Outwardly Persecuted Persecution Real Reason Receive Shew Show Showing Simply Suffer Try Trying Want ZealAvoid Christ Circumcised Circumcision Compel Constrain Cross Desire Display Escape External Fair Flesh Good Impression Object Observances Order Outwardly Persecuted Persecution Real Reason Receive Shew Show Showing Simply Suffer Try Trying Want ZealThe Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.
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Matthew 5:10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
Matthew 23:27 "What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs--beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people's bones and all sorts of impurity.
Acts 15:1 While Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch of Syria, some men from Judea arrived and began to teach the believers: "Unless you are circumcised as required by the law of Moses, you cannot be saved."
Galatians 5:11 Dear brothers and sisters, if I were still preaching that you must be circumcised--as some say I do--why am I still being persecuted? If I were no longer preaching salvation through the cross of Christ, no one would be offended.