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Galatians 5:3

    Galatians 5:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Yes, I give witness again to every man who undergoes circumcision, that he will have to keep all the law.

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

    Yes, I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Galatians 5:3

    He is a debtor to do the whole law - Lays himself, by receiving circumcision, under the obligation to fulfill all its precepts, ordinances, etc.

    Barnes' Notes on Galatians 5:3

    For I testify again - Probably he had stated this when he had preached the gospel to them first, and he now solemnly bears witness to the same thing again. Bloomfield, however, supposes that the word "again" here (πάλιν palin) means, on the other hand, or, "furthermore," or, as we would say, "and again."

    That he is a debtor to do the whole law - He binds himself to obey all the Law of Moses. Circumcision was the distinguishing badge of the Jews, as baptism is of Christians. A man, therefore, who became circumcised became a professor of the Jewish religion, and bound himself to obey all its special laws. This must be understood, of course, with reference to the point under discussion; and means, if he did it with a view to justification, or as a thing that was necessary and binding. It would not apply to such a case as that of Timothy, where it was a matter of mere expediency or prudence; see the note at Galatians 5:2.

    Wesley's Notes on Galatians 5:3

    5:3 I testify to every man - Every gentile. That is circumcised - He thereby makes himself a debtor - Obliges.