Galatians 5:3
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English Standard Version
I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law.

King James Bible
For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

American Standard Version
Yea, I testify again to every man that receiveth circumcision, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I testify again to every man circumcising himself, that he is a debtor to the whole law.

English Revised Version
Yea, I testify again to every man that receiveth circumcision, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

Weymouth New Testament
I once more protest to every man who receives circumcision that he is under obligation to obey the whole Law of Moses.

Galatians 5:3 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Again (πάλιν)

Probably with reference to what he had said at his last visit.

Every man

Emphasizing and particularising the general to you, you, in Galatians 5:2.

A debtor (ὀφειλέτης)

In N.T. mostly of one under moral obligation. So in the sense of sinner, Matthew 6:12; Luke 13:4. Comp. Romans 1:14; Romans 8:12. Similarly the verb ὀφείλειν to owe, as Luke 11:4; Luke 17:10; Romans 15:1, etc., though it is frequent in the literal sense.

To do the law (ποιῆσαι)

Rare in N.T. See John 7:19; Romans 2:13, Romans 2:25 (πράσσῃς). Τηρεῖν to observe the law, the tradition, the commandment, Matthew 19:17; Mark 7:9; John 14:15; Acts 15:5 James 2:10 : πληροῦν to fulfill the law, Romans 13:8; Galatians 5:14; comp. ἀναπληροῦν Galatians 6:2 : φυλάσσειν to keep or guard the law, Acts 7:53; Acts 21:24; Galatians 6:13 : also with commandments, word of God or of Christ, ordinances of the law, Matthew 19:20; Mark 10:20; Luke 11:28; John 12:47; Romans 2:26. Τελεῖν to carry out the law, Romans 2:27; James 2:8. Ποιῆσαι is to perform what the law commands: τηρεῖν to observe, keep an eye on with the result of performing: φυλάσσειν to guard against violation: τελεῖν to bring to fulfillment in action.

The whole law (ὅλον)

Comp. James 2:10. Submission to circumcision commits one to the whole law. It makes him a party to the covenant of the law, and the law requires of every one thus committed a perfect fulfillment, Galatians 3:10.

Galatians 5:3 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

testify.

Deuteronomy 8:19 And it shall be, if you do at all forget the LORD your God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them...

Deuteronomy 31:21 And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness...

Nehemiah 9:29,30,34 And testified against them, that you might bring them again to your law: yet they dealt proudly, and listened not to your commandments...

Luke 16:28 For I have five brothers; that he may testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now on walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

1 Thessalonians 4:6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such...

1 John 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

a debtor.

Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written...

Deuteronomy 27:26 Cursed be he that confirms not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Matthew 23:16,18 Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing...

*Gr:

James 2:10,11 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all...

Cross References
Luke 16:28
for I have five brothers--so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.'

Acts 15:1
But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."

Romans 2:25
For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision.

Galatians 5:2
Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you.

Galatians 5:6
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

James 2:10
For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.

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