Galatians 6:13
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English Standard Version
For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.

King James Bible
For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

American Standard Version
For not even they who receive circumcision do themselves keep the law; but they desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For neither they themselves who are circumcised, keep the law; but they will have you to be circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

English Revised Version
For not even they who receive circumcision do themselves keep the law; but they desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

Webster's Bible Translation
For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

Weymouth New Testament
For these very men do not really keep the Law of Moses, but they would have you receive circumcision in order that they may glory in *your* bodies.

Galatians 6:13 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Neither they themselves who are circumcised (οὐδὲ - οἱ περιτεμνόμενοι αὐτοὶ)

For neither, translate not even. Const. themselves with keep the law. The persons referred to are the same as those in Galatians 6:12. The participle tells nothing as to the antecedents of these persons, whether Jewish or heathen. It is general, those who are receiving circumcision. It is equals the circumcision-party; and the present participle represents them as in present activity. They are circumcised themselves, and are endeavoring to force circumcision upon others.

Keep the law (νόμον φυλάσσουσιν)

See on Galatians 5:3. They are in the same category with all who are circumcised, who do not and cannot fully observe the law. Comp. Galatians 3:10; Galatians 5:3. Hence, if circumcision develops no justifying results, it is apparent that their insistence on circumcision proceeds not from moral, but from fleshly motives.

That they may glory in your flesh (ἵνα ἐν τῇ ὑμετέρᾳ σαρκὶ καυχήσωνται)

May boast, not of your fulfilling the law, but in your ceremonial conformity; your becoming legal zealots like themselves. They desire only that you, like them, should make a fair show in the flesh. For the formula καυχᾶσθαι ἐν to glory in, see Romans 2:17; Romans 5:3; 1 Corinthians 1:31; 2 Corinthians 10:15.

Galatians 6:13 Parallel Commentaries

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keep.

Matthew 23:3,15,23 All therefore whatever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not you after their works: for they say, and do not...

Romans 2:17-24 Behold, you are called a Jew, and rest in the law, and make your boast of God...

Romans 3:9-19 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin...

2 Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome...

that they may.

1 Corinthians 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

1 Corinthians 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

2 Corinthians 11:18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.

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

Philippians 3:3
For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh--

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