New International Version
As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!
King James Bible
I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
Darby Bible Translation
I would that they would even cut themselves off who throw you into confusion.
World English Bible
I wish that those who disturb you would cut themselves off.
Young's Literal Translation
O that even they would cut themselves off who are unsettling you!
Galatians 5:12 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I would they were even cut off which trouble you - This saying has puzzled many, and different interpretations of the place have been proposed by learned men.
At first sight it seems as if the apostle was praying for the destruction of the false teachers who had perverted the Churches of Galatia. Mr. Wakefield thought οφελον αποκοψονται might be translated, I wish that they were made to weep; and in his translation of the New Testament the passage stands thus: "I wish that they who are unsettling you may lament it." I believe the apostle never meant any such thing. As the persons who were breeding all this confusion in the Churches of Galatia were members of that Church, the apostle appears to me to be simply expressing his desire that they might be cut off or excommunicated from the Church. Kypke has given an abundance of examples where the word is used to signify amputating; cutting off from society, office, etc.; excluding. In opposition to the notion of excommunication, it might be asked: "Why should the apostle wish these to be excommunicated when it was his own office to do it?" To this it may be answered: The apostle's authority was greatly weakened among that people by the influence of the false teachers, so that in all probability he could exercise no ecclesiastical function; he could therefore only express his wish. And the whole passage is so parallel to that, 1 Corinthians 5:6, 1 Corinthians 5:7, that I think there can be no reasonable doubt of the apostle's meaning: Let those who are unsettling the Church of Christ in your district be excommunicated; this is my wish, that they should no longer have any place among you."
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