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Galatians 4:18 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But it is good to be zealously sought in a good matter at all times, and not only when I am present with you.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— But [it is] good to be zealously affected always in [a] good [thing], and not only when I am present with you.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— But it is good always to be eagerly sought in a commendable manner, and not only when I am present with you.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But [it is] good to be zealously affected always in [a] good [thing], and not only when I am present with you.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But [it is] right to be zealous at all times in what is right, and not only when I am present with you—
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Howbeit it is, honourable, to show zeal in what is honourable at all times, and not only when I am present with you;—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and [it is] good to be zealously regarded, in what is good, at all times, and not only in my being present with you;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But be zealous for that which is good in a good thing always: and not only when I am present with you.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But it is good to bee zealously affected alwayes in a good thing, and not onely when I am present with you.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But it is well to be emulous in good things at all time, and not only when I am with you.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And it is a good thing to be zealous at all times in good things; and not merely when I am present with you.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
[it is] good 2570
{2570} Prime
καλός
kalos
{kal-os'}
Of uncertain affinity; properly beautiful, but chiefly (figuratively) good (literally or morally), that is, valuable or virtuous (for appearance or use, and thus distinguished from G0018, which is properly intrinsic).
to be zealously affected 2206
{2206} Prime
ζηλόω
zeloo
{dzay-lo'-o}
From G2205; to have warmth of feeling for or against.
z5745
<5745> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 105
always 3842
{3842} Prime
πάντοτε
pantote
{pan'-tot-eh}
From G3956 and G3753; every when, that is, at all times.
in 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
[a] good 2570
{2570} Prime
καλός
kalos
{kal-os'}
Of uncertain affinity; properly beautiful, but chiefly (figuratively) good (literally or morally), that is, valuable or virtuous (for appearance or use, and thus distinguished from G0018, which is properly intrinsic).
[thing], and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
not 3361
{3361} Prime
μή
me
{may}
A primary particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverbially) not, (conjugationally) lest; also (as interrogitive implying a negative answer [whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one]); whether.
only 3440
{3440} Prime
μόνον
monon
{mon'-on}
Neuter of G3441 as adverb; merely.
when y1722
[1722] Standard
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
I 3165
{3165} Prime
μέ
me
{meh}
A shorter (and probably original) form of G1691; me.
am present 3918
{3918} Prime
πάρειμι
pareimi
{par'-i-mee}
From G3844 and G1510 (including its various forms); to be near, that is, at hand; neuter present participle (singular) time being, or (plural) property.
z5750
<5750> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 135
with 4314
{4314} Prime
πρός
pros
{pros}
A strengthened form of G4253; a preposition of direction; forward to, that is, toward (with the genitive case the side of, that is, pertaining to; with the dative case by the side of, that is, near to; usually with the accusative case the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, that is, whither or for which it is predicated).
you. 5209
{5209} Prime
ὑμᾶς
humas
{hoo-mas'}
Accusative of G5210; you (as the object of a verb or preposition).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Galatians 4:18

_ _ good to be zealously affected — rather, to correspond to “zealously court” in Galatians 4:18, “to be zealously courted.” I do not find fault with them for zealously courting you, nor with you for being zealously courted: provided it be “in a good cause” (translate so), “it is a good thing” (1 Corinthians 9:20-23). My reason for saying the “not well” (Galatians 4:17; the Greek is the same as that for “good,” and “in a good cause,” in Galatians 4:28), is that their zealous courting of you is not in a good cause. The older interpreters, however, support English Version (compare Galatians 1:14).

_ _ always — Translate and arrange the words thus, “At all times, and not only when I am present with you.” I do not desire that I exclusively should have the privilege of zealously courting you. Others may do so in my absence with my full approval, if only it be in a good cause, and if Christ be faithfully preached (Philippians 1:15-18).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Galatians 4:17-18.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Galatians 4:18

In a good thing — In what is really worthy our zeal. True zeal is only fervent love.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Galatians 4:18

But [it is] good to be (s) zealously affected always in [a] good [thing], and not only when I am present with you.

(s) He sets his own true and good love, which he earnestly held for them, against the wicked vicious love of the false apostles.

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it is:

Numbers 25:11-13 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. ... And he shall have it, and his seed after him, [even] the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.
Psalms 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
Psalms 119:139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
Isaiah 59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance [for] clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
John 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

I am:

Galatians 4:20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.
Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
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Nu 25:11. Ps 69:9; 119:139. Is 59:17. Jn 2:17. 1Co 15:58. Ga 4:20. Php 1:27; 2:12. Tit 2:14. Rv 3:19.

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