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Galatians 6:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For if a man thinketh himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For if a man thinketh himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For if any man reputes himself to be something, being nothing, he deceives himself;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For, if any one thinketh he is something, when he is, nothing, he deceiveth himself;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for if any one doth think [himself] to be something—being nothing—himself he doth deceive;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For if any man think himself to be some thing, whereas he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For if a man thinke himselfe to be something, when he is nothing, hee deceiueth himselfe.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For if a man consider that he is something, while he is not, he deceiveth himself.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For if any one thinketh himself to be something, when he is not, he deceiveth himself.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
γάρ
gar
{gar}
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
if x1487
(1487) Complement
εἰ
ei
{i}
A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.
a man y1536
[1536] Standard
εἴ τις
ei tis
{i tis}
From G1487 and G5100; if any.
x5100
(5100) Complement
τὶς
tis
{tis}
An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.
think himself 1380
{1380} Prime
δοκέω
dokeo
{dok-eh'-o}
A prolonged form of a primary verb δόκω [[doko]], {dok'-o} (used only as an alternate in certain tenses; compare the base of G1166); of the same meaning; to think; by implication to seem (truthfully or uncertainly).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
to be 1511
{1511} Prime
εἶναι
einai
{i'-nahee}
Present infinitive from G1510; to exist.
z5750
<5750> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 135
something, 5100
{5100} Prime
τὶς
tis
{tis}
An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.
when he is 5607
{5607} Prime
ὤν
on
{oan}
The feminine, the neuter and the present participle of G1510; being.
z5752
<5752> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 186
nothing, 3367
{3367} Prime
μηδείς
medeis
{may-dice'}
The masculine, feminine irregular (second form) and neuter (third form) from G3361 and G1520; not even one (man, woman, thing).
he deceiveth 5422
{5422} Prime
φρεναπατάω
phrenapatao
{fren-ap-at-ah'-o}
From G5423; to be a mind misleader, that is, delude.
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
himself. 1438
{1438} Prime
ἑαυτοῦ
heautou
{heh-ow-too'}
(Including all the other cases); from a reflexive pronoun otherwise obsolete and the genitive (dative or accusative) of G0846; him (her, it, them, also [in conjunction with the personal pronoun of the other persons] my, thy, our, your) -self (-selves), etc.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Galatians 6:3

_ _ Self-conceit, the chief hindrance to forbearance and sympathy towards our fellow men, must be laid aside.

_ _ something — possessed of some spiritual pre-eminence, so as to be exempt from the frailty of other men.

_ _ when he is nothing — The Greek is subjective: “Being, if he would come to himself, and look on the real fact, nothing” [Alford] (Galatians 6:2, Galatians 6:6; Romans 12:3; 1 Corinthians 8:2).

_ _ deceiveth himself — literally, “he mentally deceives himself.” Compare James 1:26, “deceiveth his own heart.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Galatians 6:1-10.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Galatians 6:3

If any one think himself to be something — Above his brethren, or by any strength of his own. When he is nothing, he deceiveth himself — He alone will bear their burdens, who knows himself to be nothing.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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if:

Galatians 2:6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed [to be somewhat] in conference added nothing to me:
Proverbs 25:14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift [is like] clouds and wind without rain.
Proverbs 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.
Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Romans 12:16 [Be] of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
1 Corinthians 8:2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

when:

1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency [is] of God;
2 Corinthians 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.

he deceiveth:

1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion [is] vain.
1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
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