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▼brother(s): The Greek word adelphoi can be used as a reference to males only or to groups that include males and females. It is the context of each usage that determines the proper meaning.Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle b spirit c watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted. d 2 Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. e 3 For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing f he deceives himself. 4 But each person should examine his own work g and then he will have a reason for boasting in himself alone, and not in respect to someone else. 5 For each person will have to carry his own load. 6 The one who is taught the message must share h all his good things with the teacher. 7 Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, 8 because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit i will reap eternal life j from the Spirit. 9 So we must not get tired k of doing good l for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work m for the good n of all, especially for those who belong to the household o of faith. p
Concluding Exhortation11 Look at what large letters I use as I write to you in my own handwriting. 12Those who want to make a good impression in the flesh q are the ones who would compel you to be circumcised r – but only to avoid being persecuted s for the cross t of Christ. 13 For even the circumcised don’t keep u the law themselves; however, they want you to be circumcised in order to boast about your flesh. 14 But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The ▼
▼world: The organized Satanic system that is opposed to God and hostile to Jesus and His followers. The non-Christian culture including governments, educational systems, and businessesworld has been crucified to me through the cross, and I to the world. 15 For ▼
▼Other mss add in Christ Jesusboth circumcision and uncircumcision x mean nothing; what matters instead is a new creation. y 16May peace come to all those who follow this standard, and mercy to the Israel z of God! 17From now on, let no one cause me trouble, because I bear on my body scars for the cause of Jesus. aa 18 Brothers, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. ab ▼
▼Amen: The transliteration of a Hebrew word signifying that something is certain, valid, truthful, or faithful; it is often used at the end of biblical songs, hymns, and prayers.Amen.
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