New International Version
It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am 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.
Darby Bible Translation
But [it is] right to be zealous at all times in what is right, and not only when I am present with you --
World English Bible
But it is always good to be zealous in a good cause, and not only when I am present with you.
Young's Literal Translation
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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
It is good to be zealously affected - It is well to have a determined mind and an ardent heart in reference to things which are laudable and good.
Not only when I am present - You were thus attached to me when I was among you, but now ye have lost both your reverence and affection for me. Your false teachers pretended great concern for you, that you might put all your confidence in them; they have gained their end; they have estranged you from me, and got you to renounce the Gospel, and have brought you again into your former bondage.
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Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them.
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