Carry One Another’s Burdens
1Brothers and sisters, if someone is overtaken in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual, restore such a person with a gentle6:1 Jms 3:13 spirit,6:1 Or with the Spirit of gentleness6:1 Ps 51:12 watching out for yourselves so that you also won’t be tempted.6:1 Jms 1:13
2Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.6:2 1Co 9:21
3For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing,6:3 1Co 3:18; 2Co 12:11; Gl 2:6 he deceives himself.
4Let each person examine his own work,6:4 Mk 14:6; Gl 3:10; Jms 2:14–26 and then he can take pride in himself alone, and not compare himself with someone else.
5For each person will have to carry his own load.
6Let the one who is taught the word share6:6 Rm 15:27; 1Pt 5:2 all his good things with the teacher.
7Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a person sows he will also reap,
8because the one who sows to his flesh will reap destruction from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit6:8 Ps 51:11; Jn 1:33; Ac 2:4; Rm 8:9; Gl 5:25; Ti 3:5; Rv 3:22 will reap eternal life6:8 Jn 12:25; Ac 13:48 from the Spirit.
9Let us not get tired6:9 2Th 3:13 of doing good,6:9 Lk 18:18; Jms 4:17 for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.
10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us work6:10 2Jn 8 for the good6:10 Gn 1:31; 3Jn 11 of all, especially for those who belong to the household6:10 1Tm 5:8 of faith.6:10 Jd 3
Concluding Exhortation
11Look at what large letters I use as I write to you in my own handwriting.
12Those who want to make a good impression in the flesh6:12 Php 3:3 are the ones who would compel you to be circumcised6:12 Ac 15:1 — but only to avoid being persecuted6:12 2Tm 3:12 for the cross6:12 Php 3:18 of Christ.
13For even the circumcised don’t keep6:13 Lk 11:28 the law themselves, and yet they want you to be circumcised in order to boast about your flesh.
14But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world has been crucified to me through the cross, and I to the world.
15For6:15 Other mss add in Christ Jesus both circumcision and uncircumcision6:15 Col 3:11 mean nothing; what matters instead is a new creation.6:15 Jn 1:3; Rv 3:14
16May peace come to all those who follow this standard, and mercy even to the Israel6:16 Lk 3:8 of God!6:16 Or And for those who follow this standard, may peace and mercy be upon them, even upon the Israel of God, or And as many who will follow this standard, peace be upon them and mercy even upon the Israel of God.
17From now on, let no one cause me trouble, because I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.6:17 Php 3:10
18Brothers and sisters, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.6:18 Ps 51:12 Amen.