Galatians 6:7
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New International Version
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

New Living Translation
Don't be misled--you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

English Standard Version
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

Berean Study Bible
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. Whatever a man sows, he will reap in return.

Berean Literal Bible
Do not be misled: God is not mocked. For whatever a man might sow, that also he will reap.

New American Standard Bible
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.

King James Bible
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Christian Standard Bible
Don't be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a person sows he will also reap,

Contemporary English Version
You cannot fool God, so don't make a fool of yourself! You will harvest what you plant.

Good News Translation
Do not deceive yourselves; no one makes a fool of God. You will reap exactly what you plant.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap,

International Standard Version
Stop being deceived; God is not to be ridiculed. A person harvests whatever he plants:

NET Bible
Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool. For a person will reap what he sows,

New Heart English Bible
Do not be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a person sows, that he will also reap.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not err; God is not put to shame, for anything that a man sows he reaps.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Make no mistake about this: You can never make a fool out of God. Whatever you plant is what you'll harvest.

New American Standard 1977
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not deceive yourselves; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows that shall he also reap.

King James 2000 Bible
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.

American King James Version
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.

American Standard Version
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not deceived, God is not mocked.

Darby Bible Translation
Be not deceived: God is not mocked; for whatever a man shall sow, that also shall he reap.

English Revised Version
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Weymouth New Testament
Do not deceive yourselves. God is not to be scoffed at. For whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

World English Bible
Don't be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

Young's Literal Translation
Be not led astray; God is not mocked; for what a man may sow -- that also he shall reap,
Study Bible
Carry One Another's Burdens
6However, the one who receives instruction in the word must share in all good things with his instructor. 7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. Whatever a man sows, he will reap in return. 8The one who sows to please his flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; but the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.…
Cross References
Job 4:8
As I have observed, those who plow iniquity, and those who sow trouble, reap the same.

Job 13:9
Would it be well when He examined you? Could you deceive Him like a man?

Hosea 10:13
You have plowed wickedness and reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your own way and in the multitude of your mighty men,

1 Corinthians 6:9
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who submit to or perform homosexual acts,

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

Treasury of Scripture

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.


Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he …

Job 15:31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be …

Jeremiah 37:9 Thus said the LORD; Deceive not yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans …

Obadiah 1:3 The pride of your heart has deceived you, you that dwell in the clefts …

Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that you be not deceived: for many shall come …

1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise …

1 Corinthians 6:9 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things …

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, …

James 1:22,26 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves…

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1 John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness …


Job 13:8,9 Will you accept his person? will you contend for God…

Jude 1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, …


Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled …

Proverbs 6:14,19 Frowardness is in his heart, he devises mischief continually; he sows discord…

Proverbs 11:18 The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness …

Hosea 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it …

Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your …

Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received …

Romans 2:6-10 Who will render to every man according to his deeds…

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; …

(7) Be not deceived; God is not mocked.--It is all very well for you to make large professions to which you do not act up. These may deceive others, but do not let them deceive yourselves. Do not think that God will allow you thus to mock Him.

It might seem, perhaps, as if the language of this warning was almost too solemn for the occasion (an exhortation to liberality towards teachers), but the Apostle has in his mind the wider scope that he is going to give to his treatment of the subject. In this--and indeed in all this--"with what measure ye meet, it shall be measured to you again."

Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.--Compare especially 2Corinthians 9:6 : "This I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully," where the same metaphor is used in reference to the same thing--liberality in almsgiving.

Verse 7. - Be not deceived (μὴ πλανᾶσθε). So 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Corinthians 15:33. Let nothing lead you astray from the conviction, that in the conformity of your real aims and actual practice with the dictates of God's Spirit, and in that alone, can you hope for eternal life. God is not mocked (Qeo\ ou) mukthri/zetai); God is not derided. The verb μυκτηρίζειν, to writhe the nostrils (μυκτῆρας) at one in scorn, to sneer at him, occurs frequently in the Septuagint, rendering different Hebrew words, which denote disdain; as naatz ("despise"), Proverbs 1:30; bazah ("despise"), Proverbs 15:20; la'ag, "laugh (in derision)," Psalm 80:6. St. Luke uses it in his Gospel twice (Luke 16:14; Luke 23:35), where it is rendered "deride," "scoff at." It is, in effect, a "derision" of God when we meet his requirements of real piety and of practical obedience by the presentation of lip-professions and outward shows of religiousness. But the derision will not last long; it cannot hold good, Whatever in our hypocrisy we may pretend, or even after a fashion believe, as to ourselves, the eternal principles of Divine government are sure to work out their accomplishment. Bishop Lightfoot, founding upon the use of the verb μυκτηρίζειν in Greek authors on rhetoric - with whom it denotes a kind of fine irony, in which a feeling of contempt is thinly veiled by a polite show of respect - proposes to apply this sense here; and it would well suit the tenor of the passage; but as employed by so Hellenistic a writer as St. Paul it appears safer to interpret the verb simply In the light thrown upon it by the usage of the Septuagint. For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (ο{ γὰρ ἐὰν σπείρῃ ἄνθρωπος τοῦτο καὶ θερίσει). The word σπείρῃ may be either an aorist, as in Ephesians 6:8," whatsoever good thing each one doeth (ποιήσῃ);" or a present. The latter seems to agree better with the ὁ σπείρω of the next verse, and the more pointedly directs attention to one's present immediate behaviour. The reaping-time is either the future life or its starting-point in the" day of the Lord" which determines its future complexion, as in Romans 2:5-16; 2 Corinthians 5:10. The axiom here stated holds good, no doubt, in much that befalls us in the present life, as is forcibly evinced by the late Fred. Robertson's sermon on this text; but this application of it hardly lies in the apostle's present field of view. All human activity is here recited under this image of "sowing," with reference to the consequences which in the day of retribution will infallibly accrue from every part of it. In 2 Corinthians 9:6, however ("He that soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly," etc.), the idea is applied to pecuniary gifts. Such an application seems to possess a peculiar propriety, founded on the benefits that the giving of money - which, viewed as gold, silver, or copper coins is in itself a dry and useless thing - would be the means of effecting (see vers. 12-15 of the same chapter). But this does not warrant our limiting the application of the word here to the bestowment of money gifts, though this in the context furnishes the occasion for its introduction; the next verse proves the wider application which the apostle's mind is making of it, not, however, losing sight (vers. 9, 10) of this specific reference. "Whatsoever he is sowing, that shall he reap;" the quality of the harvest (its quantity does not seem from the next verse to be particularly thought of, as in 2 Corinthians 9:6) is determined by the quality of the seed sown. In the form of expression, the deed which is done is said to be itself received back - received back, that is, in its corresponding reward or punishment. In a similar manner the apostle expresses himself in Ephesians 6:8, "Whatsoever good thing each man doeth, this shall he receive again (κομιεῖται) from the Lord." So of evil doings in Colossians 3:25, "He that doeth wrong shall receive again the wrong which he did;" and of both good and bad in 2 Corinthians 5:10. These last-cited passages, together with others which will readily occur to the reader, appear to contemplate a reference to be made in the day of judgment to each several action, with an award assigned to each; which view is likewise presented by such utterances of Christ himself as we read in Matthew 10:42; Matthew 25:35, 36, 42, 43. On the other hand, in the passage now before us, the "eternal life," and probably also the "corruption" mentioned in ver. 8, seem to point to the general award, of life or of destruction, which each man shall receive, founded on the review of his whole behaviour (see Revelation 20:12, 15). This is a somewhat different view of the future retribution from the former. Considering such passages in the light of moral exhortation, we are reminded that in each several action we are taking a step towards either a happy or a disastrous end - a step which, if pursued onward in the same direction, will infallibly conduct us to either that happy or that disastrous end. In regard to the relation between the two somewhat differing views of the future retribution above stated, when considered as subjects of speculative inquiry, a few observations may not be out of place here. We need find no difficulty at all in this diversity of representation so far as relates to the good actions of those who shall then be accepted or to the evil actions of those who shall be rejected. But a difficulty does seem to present itself with respect to the evil deeds done, if not before yet after their conversion, by the ultimately accepted, and also with respect to the good deeds done by the ultimately lost. Will the righteous receive the award of their evil deeds? Will the lost receive the award of their good deeds? For there is no righteous man who hath not sinned; as also neither is there an unrighteous man whose life does not show good and laudable actions. A reference to the actual experience of souls in this life suggests, not indeed a complete solution of the difficulty which the nature of the case probably makes impossible to us at devise, but a consideration which helps to lessen our sense of it. It is this . in Christians who have a well-grounded consciousness of perfect reconciliation with God, assured to them even by the seal of the Spirit of adoption, this happy consciousness is, however, perfectly compatible with a vivid remembrance of wrong things done in the past. And this remembrance is perpetually suggestive of sentiments of self-loathing - self-loathing the more bitter in proportion as the soul, by its growing purification through the Spirit, is enabled the more truly to estimate the evil character of those evil deeds. This is exemplified by St. Paul's wailing recollection, near the very end of his course, of those heinous sins of his, committed long years before, against Christ and his Church (1 Timothy 1:15). Now, we cannot conceive of a continuous existence of the soul apart from a continued remembrance of its past experiences. The redeemed, then, in their perfected state after the resurrection, can never become oblivions of those foul blots in their spiritual history; the recollection of them can never cease at once to abase them in their own consciousness and to glorify the grace which has redeemed them. The Divine Spirit itself will still, we may believe, quicken these remembrances; and the infinite benefactions of God, in that state of felicity experienced, will be still heaping fresh coals of fire upon their heads. Their felicity will be no offspring of blindness or misconception in reference to the past; on the contrary, they will know the truth in respect to their own lives in respect to every part of them, with a clearness unattainable in the present state; but they will know the truth too in respect to the intensity of the Divine love. God's love, it is true, cannot shed the light of approval upon those dark spots of their earthly history; cannot shed upon them those felicitating beams of "Well done, good and faithful servant," which will most assuredly flow down upon the acceptable portions of their conduct; that love itself cannot deal with his servants otherwise than according to truth. But the love of God will be clearly seen, cancelling, for Christ's sake, the penal consequences which but for Christ those several wickednesses would have incurred: in those very instances of sinfulness magnifying in each saved one's consciousness the infinite benignity of his Father, which loved him even then, in those very hours of his extremest ill-deserving. If these speculations appear not unreasonable, then they will serve to explain in what way the sinful doings even of those finally accepted will, however, not fail of receiving their award; the award will be there, both in that sense of loss - loss of Divine commendation, which will necessarily accompany the recollection of them; and also in the sense of their debt of punishment, though cancelled. Be we sure our sin will find us out. Be not deceived,.... By false teachers, who, in order to engross all to themselves, dissuaded the Galatians from communicating to their honourable pastors, and faithful ministers of the word; or by themselves, who being of a tenacious and covetous disposition, devised various things to excuse them from performing this their duty to the preachers of the Gospel; as that they had families of their own to maintain, that their circumstances were such that they could give little or nothing this way, and the others, who were of better abilities in life, ought to bear this charge; and with such like things endeavoured to satisfy their consciences in the neglect of their duty: but this was all self-deception, for

God is not mocked; nor will he be; men may deceive themselves, and others, with such excuses and false appearances, yet they cannot deceive God, who knows their hearts as well as their worldly substance, and that the omission of their duty arises not from want of ability, but from a covetous temper; and who looks upon withholding from his ministers that which is due unto them as mocking of him, and which he will not suffer with impunity:

for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap; as to kind, quality, and quantity, generally speaking; if he sows wheat he reaps wheat, if he sows barley he reaps barley; no man can expect to reap another sort than what he sows; and if it is good seed he may hope for a good crop; and if he sows bountifully, he shall reap bountifully; but if he sows sparingly, he shall reap sparingly; and if he sows nothing, he can never reap anything. This is a proverbial expression, and may be applied to all actions, good and bad, and the reward and punishment of them, and particularly to acts of beneficence, and the enjoying of the fruits thereof; See Gill on 2 Corinthians 9:6. 7. God is not mocked—The Greek verb is, literally, to sneer with the nostrils drawn up in contempt. God does not suffer Himself to be imposed on by empty words: He will judge according to works, which are seeds sown for eternity of either joy or woe. Excuses for illiberality in God's cause (Ga 6:6) seem valid before men, but are not so before God (Ps 50:21).

soweth—especially of his resources (2Co 9:6).

that—Greek, "this"; this and nothing else.

reap—at the harvest, the end of the world (Mt 13:39).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.
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