Galatians 5:2
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English Standard Version
Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you.

King James Bible
Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

American Standard Version
Behold, I Paul say unto you, that, if ye receive circumcision, Christ will profit you nothing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold, I Paul tell you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

English Revised Version
Behold, I Paul say unto you, that, if ye receive circumcision, Christ will profit you nothing.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, I Paul say to you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

Weymouth New Testament
Remember that it is I Paul who tell you that if you receive circumcision Christ will avail you nothing.

Galatians 5:2 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Behold (ἴδε)

Imperative singular, appealing to each individual reader.

IPaul

Comp. 2 Corinthians 10:1; Ephesians 3:1; Colossians 1:23. Asserting his personal authority.

If ye be circumcised (ἐὰν περιτέμνησθε)

Better, receive circumcision. The verb does not mean that they have already been circumcised. It states the case as supposable, implying that they were in danger of allowing themselves to be circumcised.

Christ will profit you nothing

Circumcision is the sign of subjection to the Jewish "yoke" - the economy of the law. The question with the Galatians was circumcision as a condition of salvation. See Galatians 2:3, Galatians 2:5; Acts 15:1. It was a choice between salvation by law and salvation by Christ. The choice of the law involved the relinquishment of Christ. Comp. Galatians 2:21. Chrysostom says: "He who is circumcised is circumcised as fearing the law: but he who fears the law distrusts the power of grace: and he who distrusts gains nothing from that which he distrusts."

Galatians 5:2 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I Paul.

1 Corinthians 16:21 The salutation of me Paul with my own hand.

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you...

1 Thessalonians 2:18 Why we would have come to you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

Philemon 1:9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech you, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.

that.

Galatians 5:4,6 Christ is become of no effect to you, whoever of you are justified by the law; you are fallen from grace...

Galatians 2:3-5 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised...

Acts 15:1,24 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brothers, and said, Except you be circumcised after the manner of Moses...

Acts 16:3,4 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters...

Romans 9:31,32 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness...

Romans 10:2,3 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge...

Hebrews 4:2 For to us was the gospel preached, as well as to them: but the word preached did not profit them...

Cross References
Acts 15:1
But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."

Acts 15:5
But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, "It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses."

2 Corinthians 10:1
I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ--I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!--

Galatians 5:3
I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law.

Galatians 5:6
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

Philemon 1:19
I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it--to say nothing of your owing me even your own self.

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