Galatians 4:18
Good News Translation
Now, it is good to have such a deep interest if the purpose is good--this is true always, and not merely when I am with you.

Contemporary English Version
It is always good to give your attention to something worthwhile, even when I am not with you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But be zealous for that which is good in a good thing always: and not only when I am present with you.

New American Bible
Now it is good to be shown interest for good reason at all times, and not only when I am with you.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

But be zealous for that which is good in a good thing always: and not only when I am present with you.

it is.

Numbers 25:11-13 Phinees the son of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned away my wrath from the children of Israel: because he was moved with my zeal against them, that I myself might not destroy the children of Israel in my zeal. . . .

Psalm 69:9 For the zeal of thy house hath eaten me up: and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

Psalm 119:139 My zeal hath made me pine away: because my enemies forgot thy words.

Isaiah 59:17 He put on justice as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation upon his head: he put on the garments of vengeance, and was clad with zeal as with a cloak.

John 2:17 And his disciples remembered, that it was written: The zeal of thy house hath eaten me up.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast and unmoveable: always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing 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 might cleanse to himself a people acceptable, a pursuer of good works.

Revelation 3:19 Such as I love, I rebuke and chastise. Be zealous therefore and do penance.

I am.

Galatians 4:20 And I would willingly be present with you now and change my voice: because I am ashamed for you.

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be worthy of the gospel of Christ: that, whether I come and see you, or, being absent, may hear of you, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind labouring together for the faith of the gospel.

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only but much more now in my absence) with fear and trembling work out your salvation.

Context
Paul's Fears for the Galatians
17They are zealous in your regard not well: but they would exclude you, that you might be zealous for them. 18But be zealous for that which is good in a good thing always: and not only when I am present with you. 19My little children, of whom I am in labour again, until Christ be formed in you.…
Cross References
Galatians 4:13
And you know how, through infirmity of the flesh, I preached the gospel to you heretofore: and your temptation in my flesh

Galatians 4:17
They are zealous in your regard not well: but they would exclude you, that you might be zealous for them.

Additional Translations
Nevertheless, it is good to be zealous if it serves a noble purpose—at any time, and not only when I am with you.

Now it is good to be zealous in a right thing, at all times and not only in my being present with you.

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

But it is good to be zealously sought in a good matter at all times, and not only when I am present with you.

But [it is] right to be zealous at all times in what is right, and not only when I am present with you --

But it is good to be zealously sought in a good matter at all times, and not only when I am present with you.

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

It is always an honourable thing to be courted in an honourable cause; always, and not only when I am with you, my children--

But it is always good to be zealous in a good cause, and not only when I am present with you.

and it is good to be zealously regarded, in what is good, at all times, and not only in my being present with you;
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