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Galatians 3:4

    Galatians 3:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Have you suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Did ye suffer so many things in vain? if it be indeed in vain.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Did you undergo such a number of things to no purpose? if it is in fact to no purpose.

    Webster's Revision

    Did ye suffer so many things in vain? if it be indeed in vain.

    World English Bible

    Did you suffer so many things in vain, if it is indeed in vain?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Did ye suffer so many things in vain? if it be indeed in vain.

    Definitions for Galatians 3:4

    Vain - Empty; foolish; useless.

    Clarke's Commentary on Galatians 3:4

    Have ye suffered so many things in vain? - Have ye received and lost so much good? The verb πασχων, as compounded with ευ, well, or κακως, ill, and often without either, signifies to suffer pain or loss, or to possess and enjoy. In such a case the man is considered as the patient, and the good or ill acts upon him. Though it is possible that the Galatians had suffered some persecution for the truth of Christ, yet it is as likely that the apostle refers to the benefits which they had received. Ye have received faith, the pardon of your sins, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and with it many extraordinary gifts and graces; and have ye suffered the loss of all these things? Have ye received all these in vain? if yet in vain - if it be credible that ye have sacrificed so many excellent benefits for an imaginary good.

    Barnes' Notes on Galatians 3:4

    Have ye suffered so many things in vain? - Paul reminds them of what they had endured on account of their attachment to Christianity. He assures them, that if the opinions on account of which they had suffered were false, then their sufferings had been in vain. They were of no use to them - for what advantage was it to suffer for a false opinion? The opinions for which they had suffered had not been these which they now embraced. They were not those connected with the observance of the Jewish rites. They had suffered on account of their having embraced the gospel, the system of justification by a crucified Redeemer; and now, if those sentiments were wrong, why, their sufferings had been wholly in vain; see this argument pursued at much greater length in 1 Corinthians 15:18-19, 1 Corinthians 15:29-32. If it be yet in vain. That is, I trust it is not in vain. I hope you have not so far abandoned the gospel, that all your sufferings in its behalf have been of no avail. I believe the system is true; and if true, and you are sincere Christians, it will not he in vain that you have suffered in its behalf, though you have gone astray. I trust, that although your principles have been shaken, yet they have not been wholly overthrown, and that you will not reap the reward of your having suffered so much on account of the gospel.

    Wesley's Notes on Galatians 3:4

    3:4 Have ye suffered - Both from the zealous Jews and from the heathens. So many things - For adhering to the gospel. In vain - So as to lose all the blessings which ye might have obtained, by enduring to the end. If it be yet in vain - As if he had said, I hope better things, even that ye will endure to the end.