Galatians 6:12
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English Standard Version
It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.

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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For as many as desire to please in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer the persecution of the cross of Christ.

English Revised 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.

Webster's Bible Translation
As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
All who desire to display their zeal for external observances try to compel you to receive circumcision, but their real object is simply to escape being persecuted for the Cross of Christ.

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Vincent's Word Studies

To make a fair show (εὐπροσωπῆσαι)

N.T.o. oClass. olxx.

In the flesh (ἐν σαρκί)

Qualifying the verb to make a fair show. The whole phrase is well explained by Ellicott: "To wear a specious exterior in the earthly, unspiritual element in which they move." Ἐν σρακί is not equals among men, nor being carnal, nor as regards fleshly things. The desire to make a good appearance irrespective of inward truth and righteousness, is prompted by the unrenewed, fleshly nature, and makes its fair showing in that sphere.

They constrain (οὗτοι ἀναγκάζουσιν)

Neither A.V. nor Rev. gives the strong, definitive force of οὗτοι. It is these - the Judaising emissaries, that constrain, etc. Comp. Galatians 3:7.

Only lest (μόνον ἵνα - μὴ)

Or, that they may not. Having no other object, or only from the motive that, etc.

For the cross (τῷ σταυρῷ)

Better, by reason of the cross. Because of preaching a crucified Messiah. See on Galatians 5:11. The Judaisers attempted to cover with the law - the requirement of circumcision - the "offense" of a crucified Messiah.

Galatians 6:12 Parallel Commentaries

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as desire.

Galatians 6:13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

Matthew 6:2,5,16 Therefore when you do your alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets...

Matthew 23:5,28 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments...

Luke 16:15 And he said to them, You are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts...

Luke 20:47 Which devour widows' houses, and for a show make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.

John 7:18 He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory: but he that seeks his glory that sent him, the same is true...

2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves...

2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

Philippians 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Colossians 2:23 Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body...

they constrain.

Galatians 2:3,14 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised...

Acts 15:1,5 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brothers, and said, Except you be circumcised after the manner of Moses...

lest.

Galatians 5:11 And I, brothers, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offense of the cross ceased.

Philippians 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Cross References
Matthew 5:10
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 23:27
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness.

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."

Galatians 5:11
But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed.

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