New American Standard Bible
But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
King James Bible
But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
Darby Bible Translation
but if ye bite and devour one another, see that ye are not consumed one of another.
World English Bible
But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you don't consume one another.
Young's Literal Translation
and if one another ye do bite and devour, see -- that ye may not by one another be consumed.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
But if ye bite - The word used here (δάκνω daknō), means, properly, to bite, to sting; and here seems to be used in the sense of contending and striving - a metaphor not improbably taken from dogs and wild beasts.
And devour one another - As wild beasts do. The sense is, "if you contend with each other;" and the reference is, probably, to the strifes which would arise between the two parties in the churches - the Jewish and the Gentile converts.
Take heed that ye be not consumed ... - As wild beasts contend sometimes until both are slain. Thus, the idea is, in their contentions they would destroy the spirituality and happiness of each other; their characters would be ruined; and the church be overthrown. The readiest way to destroy the spirituality of a church, and to annihilate the influence of religion, is to excite a spirit of contention.
LibraryFourteenth Sunday after Trinity Works of the Flesh and Fruits of the Spirit.
Text: Galatians 5, 16-24. 16 But I say, Walk by the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary the one to the other; that ye may not do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye are led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, …
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. III
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idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
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