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Galatians 5:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Behold, I Paul say unto you, that, if ye receive circumcision, Christ will profit you nothing.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Behold, I Paul say to you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Behold, I, Paul, say to you, that if ye are circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— See! I, Paul, say unto you—if ye be getting circumcised, Christ will profit you, nothing.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— lo, I Paul do say to you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Behold, I Paul tell you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Beholde, I Paul say vnto you that if ye be circumcised, Christ shal profite you nothing.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Behold, I, Paulos, tell you, that if you be circumcised, the Meshiha profiteth you nothing.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Behold, I Paul say to you, That if ye become circumcised, the Messiah is of no advantage to you.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Behold, 2396
{2396} Prime
Second person singular imperative active of G1492; used as interjection to denote surprise; lo!.
I 1473
{1473} Prime
A primary pronoun of the first person, 'I' (only expressed when emphatic).
Paul 3972
{3972} Prime
Of Latin origin; (little; but remotely from a derivative of G3973, meaning the same); Paulus, the name of a Roman and of an apostle.
say 3004
{3004} Prime
A primary verb; properly to 'lay' forth, that is, (figuratively) relate (in words [usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue]); by implication to mean.
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
unto you, 5213
{5213} Prime
Irregular dative case of G5210; to (with or by) you.
that 3754
{3754} Prime
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
if 1437
{1437} Prime
From G1487 and G0302; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty.
ye be circumcised, 4059
{4059} Prime
From G4012 and the base of G5114; to cut around, that is, (specifically) to circumcise.
<5747> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 18
Christ 5547
{5547} Prime
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
shall profit 5623
{5623} Prime
From the same as G5622; to be useful, that is, to benefit.
<5692> Grammar
Tense - Future (See G5776)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 814
you 5209
{5209} Prime
Accusative of G5210; you (as the object of a verb or preposition).
nothing. 3762
{3762} Prime
From G3761 and G1520; not even one (man, woman or thing), that is, none, nobody, nothing.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Galatians 5:2

_ _ Behold — that is, Mark what I say.

_ _ I Paul — Though you now think less of my authority, I nevertheless give my name and personal authority as enough by itself to refute all opposition of adversaries.

_ _ if ye be circumcised — not as Alford, “If you will go on being circumcised.” Rather, “If ye suffer yourselves to be circumcised,” namely, under the notion of its being necessary to justification (Galatians 5:4; Acts 15:1). Circumcision here is not regarded simply by itself (for, viewed as a mere national rite, it was practiced for conciliation’s sake by Paul himself, Acts 16:3), but as the symbol of Judaism and legalism in general. If this be necessary, then the Gospel of grace is at an end. If the latter be the way of justification, then Judaism is in no way so.

_ _ Christ ... profit ... nothing — (Galatians 2:21). For righteousness of works and justification by faith cannot co-exist. “He who is circumcised [for justification] is so as fearing the law, and he who fears, disbelieves the power of grace, and he who disbelieves can profit nothing by that grace which he disbelieves [Chrysostom].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Galatians 5:1-12.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Galatians 5:2

If ye be circumcised — And seek to be justified thereby. Christ — The Christian institution. Will profit you nothing — For you hereby disclaim Christ, and all the blessings which are through faith in him.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Galatians 5:2

(1) Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be (a) circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

(1) Another entreaty in which he plainly witnesses that justification of works, and justification of faith cannot stand together, because no man can be justified by the Law, but he that does fully and perfectly fulfil it. And he takes the example of circumcision, because it was the ground of all the service of the Law, and was chiefly urged by the false apostles.

(a) Circumcision is in other places called the seal of righteousness, but here we must have consideration of the circumstance of the time, for now baptism is a sign of the new covenant, just as circumcision was the sign of the old covenant. And moreover Paul reasons according to the opinion that his enemies had of it, which made circumcision a essential to their salvation.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
I Paul:

1 Corinthians 16:21 The salutation of [me] Paul with mine 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, but being absent am bold toward you:
1 Thessalonians 2:18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.
Philemon 1:9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech [thee], being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.


Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Galatians 2:3-5 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: ... To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
Acts 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, [and said], Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
Acts 15:24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, [Ye must] be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no [such] commandment:
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: for they knew all that his father was a Greek. ... And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.
Romans 9:31-32 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. ... Wherefore? Because [they sought it] not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
Romans 10:2-3 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. ... For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
Hebrews 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard [it].
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