Galatians 4:18
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English Standard Version
It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose, and not only when I am present with you,

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

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

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

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

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

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Vincent's Word Studies

It is good - in a good thing

Ζηλοῦσθαι to be zealously sought, in the same sense as before. It is passive. It is good for you Galatians to be zealously sought. In a good thing (ἐν καλῷ) answers to οὐ καλῶς not honorably, Galatians 4:17. In a good matter - the interest of the gospel. Thus Paul would say: "These Judaisers zealously strive to win you over to their views; but they do not do this in an honorable way. There is no harm in seeking to interest and enlist you, provided it is in a good cause."

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it is.

Numbers 25:11-13 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned my wrath away from the children of Israel...

Psalm 69:9 For the zeal of your house has eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached you are fallen on me.

Psalm 119:139 My zeal has consumed me, because my enemies have forgotten your words.

Isaiah 59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation on his head...

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

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord...

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

I am.

Galatians 4:20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent...

Philippians 2:12 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence...

Cross References
Galatians 4:13
You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first,

Galatians 4:17
They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them.

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