Carry One Another’s Burdens
1 Brothers, even if a person is caught in some trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a person in a spirit of humility, looking out for yourself, lest you also be tempted. 2Carry the burdens of one another, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3For if anyone thinks he is something although he#*Here “although” is supplied as a component of the participle (“is”) which is understood as concessive is nothing, he is deceiving himself. 4But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have a reason for boasting in himself alone, and not in someone else. 5For each one will carry his own burden.
Do Good to All People
6Now the one who is taught the word must share in all good things with the one who teaches. 7Do not be deceived: God is not to be mocked, for whatever a person sows, this he will also reap, 8because the one who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9And let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we#*Here “if” is supplied as a component of the participle (“give up”) which is understood as conditional do not give up. 10So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the household of faith.
A Final Warning
11See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. 12As many as are wanting to make a good showing in the flesh, these are attempting to compel#*The present tense has been translated as conative here (“are attempting”) you to be circumcised, only so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13For not even those who are circumcised observe the law themselves, but they want you to be circumcised in order that they may boast in your flesh. 14But as for me, may it never be that I boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15For neither is circumcision anything nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16And all those who follow this rule, peace and mercy be on them and on the Israel of God.
Conclusion and Benediction
17Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I carry on my body the marks of Jesus. 18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
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