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Galatians 6:4

    Galatians 6:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But let each man prove his own work, and then shall he have his glorying in regard of himself alone, and not of his neighbor.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But let every man make test of his work, and then will his cause for glory be in himself only, and not in his neighbour.

    Webster's Revision

    But let each man prove his own work, and then shall he have his glorying in regard of himself alone, and not of his neighbor.

    World English Bible

    But let each man test his own work, and then he will take pride in himself and not in his neighbor.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But let each man prove his own work, and then shall he have his glorying in regard of himself alone, and not of his neighbour.

    Definitions for Galatians 6:4

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on Galatians 6:4

    Prove his own work - Let him examine himself and his conduct by the words and example of Christ; and if he find that they bear this touchstone, then he shall have rejoicing in himself alone, feeling that he resembles his Lord and Master, and not in another - not derive his consolation from comparing himself with another who may be weaker, or less instructed than himself. The only rule for a Christian is the word of Christ; the only pattern for his imitation is the example of Christ. He should not compare himself with others; they are not his standard. Christ hath left us an example that we should follow his steps.

    Barnes' Notes on Galatians 6:4

    But let every man prove - That is, try or examine in a proper manner. Let him form a proper estimate of what is due to himself, according to his real character. Let him compare himself with the word of God, and the infallible rule which he has given, and by which we are to be judged in the last great day; compare the Romans 12:3 note; 1 Corinthians 11:28 note; 2 Corinthians 13:5 note.

    His own work - What he does. Let him form a fair and impartial estimate of his own character.

    And then shall he have rejoicing - That is, he will be appropriately rewarded, and will meet with no disappointment. The man who forms an improper estimate of his own character will be sure to be disappointed. The man who examines himself, and who forms no extravagant expectation in regard to what is due to himself, will be appropriately rewarded, and will be made happy. If, by the careful examination of himself, he finds his life to be virtuous, and his course of conduct pure; if he has done no wrong to others, and if he finds evidence that he is a child of God, then he will have cause of rejoicing.

    In himself alone - Compare Proverbs 14:14; "A good man shall be satisfied from himself." The sentiment is, that he will find in himself a source of pure joy. He will not be dependent on the applause of others for happiness. In an approving conscience; in the evidence of the favor of God; in an honest effort to lead a pure and holy life, he will have happiness. The source of his joys will be within; and he will not be dependent, as the man of ambition, and the man who thinks of himself more highly than he ought, will, on the favors of a capricious multitude, and on the breath of popular applause.

    And not in another - He will not be dependent on others for happiness. Here is the true secret of happiness. It consists:

    (1) In not forming an improper estimate of ourselves; in knowing just what we are, and what is due to us; in not thinking ourselves to be something, when we are nothing.

    (2) in leading such a life that it may be examined to the core, that we may know exactly what we are without being distressed or pained. That is, in having a good conscience, and in the honest and faithful discharge of our duty to God and man.

    (3) in not being dependent on the fickle applause of the world for our comfort. The man who has no internal resources, and who has no approving conscience; who is happy only when others smile, and miserable when they frown, is a man who can have no security for enjoyment. The man who has a good conscience, and who enjoys the favor of God, and the hope of heaven, carries with him the source of perpetual joy. He cannot be deprived of it. His purse may be taken, and his house robbed, but the highwayman cannot rob him of his comforts. He carries with him an unfailing source of happiness when abroad, and the same source of happiness abides with him at home; he bears it into society, and it remains with him in solitude; it is his companion when in health, and when surrounded by his friends, and it is no less his companion when his friends leave him, and when he lies upon a bed of death.

    Wesley's Notes on Galatians 6:4

    6:4 But let every man try his own work - Narrowly examine all he is, and all he doeth. And then he shall have rejoicing in himself - He will find in himself matter of rejoicing, if his works are right before God. And not in another - Not in glorying over others.