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TEY.T. 3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled
to be circumcised :
of note and reputation amongst them; lest the pains that I
have already taken, or should take in the Gospel, should be 3 in vain b. But though I communicated the Gospel, which I
preached to the Gentiles, to the eminent men of the church at Jerusalem, yet neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek,
NOTES. it was to explain to them the whole doctrine he had received by revelation, by the fulness and perfection whereof, (for it is said, ver. 6, that, in that conference, they added nothing to it) and by the miracles he had done in confirm. ation of it, (see rer. 8) they might see and own what he preached to be the truth, and him to be one of themselves, both by commission aud doctrine, as indeed they did ; autoīs, “ them,” signifies those at Jerusalem ; xat'ldlar od tois Boxữor, are exegetical, and show the particular manner and persons, import “nempe privatim, eminentioribus.“ li was enough to his purpose to be owned by those of greatest authority, and so we see he was, by James, Peter, and Jobn, ver. 9, and therefore it was safest and best to give an account of the Gospel he preached in private to them, and not publicly to the whole church. *“ Running," St. Paul uses for taking pains in the Gospel. See Phil. ii. 16. A metaphor, I suppose, taken from the Olympic games, to express his utmost endeavours to prevail in the propagating the Gospel.
« In vain :" He seems here to give two reasons why, at last, after fourteen years, he communicated to the chief of the apostles at Jerusalem, the Gospel that he preached to the Gentiles, when, as he shows to the Galatians, he had formerly declined all communication with the convert Jews. 1. He seems to intimate, that he did it by revelation. 2. He gives another reason, viz. That, if he had pot communicated, as he did, with the leading men there, and satisfied them of his doctrine and mission, his opposers might unsettle the churches he had, or should plant, by urging, that the apostles knew not what it was that he preached, por had ever owned it for the Gospel, or him for an apostle. Of the readiness of the Judaizing seducers, to take any such advantage against him, he had lately an
example in the church of Corinth. 3 oux nvæyxácbn is rightly translated, “ was not compelled," a plain evidence to
the Galatians, that the circumcising of the convert Gentiles was po part of the Gospel which he laid before these men of note, as what he preached to the Gentiles. For if it had, Titus must have been circumcised; for no part of his Gospel was blamed, or altered by them, ver. 6. Of what other use his meationing this, of Titus, here can be, but to show to the Galatians, that what he preached, contained nothing of circumcising the convert Gentiles, it is hard to find. If it were to show that the other apostles, and church at Jerusalem, dispensed with circumcision, and other ritual observances of the Mosaical law, that was need. less ; for that was sufficiently declared by their decree, Acts xv. which was made and communicated to the churches, before this epistle was writ, as may be seen, Acts xvi. 4; much less was this of Titus of any force, to prove that St. Paul was a true apostle, if that were what he was here labouring to justify. But considering his aim here, to be the clearing himself from a report, that he preached up circumcision, there could be nothing more to his purpose, than this instauce of Titus, whom, uncircumcised as he was, he took with him to Jerusalem ; uncir.
TEXT. 4. And that, because of false brethren, unawares brought in, who came
in privily to spy out our liberty, which we have in Christ Jesus,
that they might bring us into bondage. 5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour ; that the
truth of the Gospel might continue with you. 6 But of those, who seemed to be somewhat (whatsoever they were, it
PARAPHRASE. 4 was forced to be circumcised : Norb did I yield any thing, one
moment, by way of subjection to the law, to those false brethren, who, by an unwary admittance, were slily crept in, to spy out our liberty from the law, which we have under the
Gospel: that they might bring us into bondaged to the law. 5 But I stood my ground against it, that the truth of the Gospel 6 might remain among you. But as for those ', who were really
NOTES. cumcised he kept with him there, and uncircumcised he took back with him, when he returned. This was a strong and pertinent instance to persuade the
Galatians, that the report of his preaching circumcision was a mere aspersion. 4.6 Ojo!, “Neither," in the third verse, according to propriety of speech, ought to
have a “nor," to answer it, which is the oùôi, “nor," here ; which, so taken, answers the propriety of the Greek, and very much clears the sense ; cúdè Títos hveryxácbn, ou 8è após par citquey, “ Neither was Titus compelled, nor did we yield to them a moinent.” © The inolayı, “ by subjection.” The point those false brethren contended for, was, That the law of Moses was to be kept, see Acts xv. 5. St. Paul, who, on other occasions, was so complaisant, that to the Jews he became as a Jew, to those under the law, as under the law (see 1 Cor. ix. 19-22) yet when subjection to the law was claimed, as due in any case, he would not yield the least matter"; this I take to be his meaning of oudè erfarpety tņi irclaym; for, where compliance was desired of him, upon the account of expedience, and not of subjection to the law, we do not find him stiff and inflexible, as may be seen, Acts xxi. 18—26, which was after the writing of this epistle.
d“ Bondage." What this bondage was, see Acts xv. 1, 5, 10. 3 <“ The truth of the Gospel.” By it he means here, the doctrine of freedom from the law; and so he calls it again, ver. 14, and chap. iii. 1, and iv. 16.
“Might remain among you.” Here he tells the reason himself, why he yielded not to those Judaizing false brethren : it was, that the true doctrine, which he had preached to the Gentiles, of their freedom from the law, might stand firm.
A convincing argument to the Galatians, that he preached not circumcision. 4,5, “ And that, to whom.” There appears a manifest difficulty in these two
verses, which has been observed by most interpreters, and is by several ascribed to a redundancy, which some place in bè, in the beginning of ver. 4, and others to ois in the beginning of ver. 5. The relation between oubt, ver. 3, and cudd, ver. 5, methinks pnts an easy end to the doubt, by the showing St. Paul's sense to be, that he neither circumcised Titus, nor yielded in the least to the false brethren; he having told the Galatians, That, upon his laying before the men of most authority in the church at Jerusalem, the doctrine which he preached, Titus was not circumcised; he, as a further proof of his not preaching circumci.
TEXT. maketh no matter to me; God accepteth no man's person); for they, who seemed to be somewhat, in conference added nothing to
men of eminency and value, what they were heretofore, it matters not at all to me: God accepts not the person of any man, but communicates the Gospel to whom he pleases', as he has done to me by revelation, without their help; for, in their conference with me, they added nothing to me, they taught me nothing new, nor that Christ had not taught me before, nor had they any thing to object against what I preached to the Gentiles.
NOTES. siov, tells them how he carried it toward the false brethren, whose design it was, to bring the convert Gentiles into subjection to the law. “And," or "moreover,” (for so lè often signifies) says he, “in regard to the false brethren," &c. Which way of entrance on the matter, would pot admit of of8à after it, to answer ouds, ver. 3, which was already writ, but without ols the negation must have been expressed by oux, as any one will perceive, who attentively reads the Greek origival. And thus ols may be allowed for an Hebrew pleonasm, and the reason of it to be the preventing the former cudd to stand alone, to the disturbance of the
6 - He that considers the beginning of this verse, årò dè Tây Boxcúrlwy, with regard to
the Add oe toùs fecôndia pous, in the beginning of the fourth verse, will easily be induced, by the Greek idiom, to conclude, that the author, by these beginnings, intimates a plain distinction of the matter separately treated of, in what follows each of them, viz. what passed between the false brethren and him, contained in ver. 4 and 5, and what passed between the chief of the brethren and him, con. tained ver. 6—10. And, therefore, some (and I think with reason) introduce this verse with these words: “Thus we have behaved ourselves towards the false brethren : but,” &c. 1 Two Soxsuslov divou ti, our translation renders, “who seemed to be somewhat," which, however it may answer the words, yet to an English ear it carries a diminishing and ironical sense, contrary to the meaning of the apostle, who speaks here of those, for whom he had a real esteem, and were truly of the first rank; for it plain, by what follows, that he means Peter, James, and John. Besides, oi Soxoles, being taken in a good sense, ver. 2, and translated,'" those of reputation, the same expression should have been kept in rendering ver, 6 and 9, where the same term occurs again three times, and may be presumed in the same seuse that it was at first used in ver. 2. • Every body sees that there is something to be supplied to make up the sense ; most commentators, that I have seen, add these words, “ I learned nothing :" but then, that enervates the reason that follows, “ for in conference they added nothing to me," giving the same thing as a reason for itself, and making St. Paul talk thus : “ I learnt pothing of them, for they taught me nothing." But it is very good reasoning, and suited to his purpose, that it was nothing at all to him, how much those great men were formerly in Christ's favour : this hindered pot but that God, who was no respecter of persons, might reveal the Gospel to him also, as it was evident he had done, and that in its full perfection ; for those great men, the most eminent of the apostles, had nothing to add to it, or except against it. This was proper to persuade the Galatians, that he had no.
TEXT. 7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the Gospel of the uncircum
cision was committed unto me, as the Gospel of the circumcision was
unto Peter ; 8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter, to the apostleship of the
circumcision, the same was mighty in me, towards the Gentiles :) 9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, per
PARAPHRASE. 7 But on the contrary, James, Peter, and John, who were of
reputation, and justly esteemed to be pillars, perceiving that the Gospel, which was to be preached to the Gentiles, was committed
to me; as that which was to be preached to the Jews, was com8 mitted to Peter ; (For he that had wrought powerfully in
Peter, to his executing the office of an apostle to the Jews, had
also wrought powerfully in me, in my application and apostle9 ship, to the Gentiles :) And, knowing the favour that was be
NOTES. where, in his preaching, receded from that doctrine of freedoin from the law, which he had preached to thens, and was satisfied it was the truth, even before he had conferred with these apostles. The bare supplying of oi, in the beginning of the verse, takes away the necessity of any such addition. Examples of the like ellipsis we have, Matt. xxvii. 9, where we read áno ésûr, for oi ánò úsūr; and John xvi. 17, &x Tūv palmiūr, for oi éx Tün parfnlwr ; and so here, taking and twy doxobvlwy, to be for oi &ò tão doxoúrlwy, all the difficulty is removed ; and St. Paul having, in the foregoing verse, ended the narrative of his deportment towards the false brethren, he here begins an account of what passed between him and the
chief of the apostles. 7. Peter, James, and John, who, it is manifest, by ver. 9, are the persons here
spoken of, seem, of all the apostles, to have been most in esteem aud favour with their Master, during his conversation with them on earth. See Mark v. 37, and ix. 2, and xiv. 33. “But yet that, says St. Paul, is of no moment now to me. The Gospel, which I preach, and which God, who is no respecter of persons, has been pleased to commit to me by immediate revelation, is not the less true, nor is there any reason for me to recede from it, in a tittle ; for these men of the first rank could find nothing to add, alter, or gainsay in it.” This is suitable to St. Paul's design here, to let the Galatians see, that as he, in his carriage, had never favoured circumcision; so neither had he any reason, by preaching circumcision, to forsake the doctrine of liberty from the law, which he had
preached to them as a part of that Gospel, which he had received by revelation, 8 Eyspynoas, “ working in," may be understood here to signify, both the operation
of the Spirit upon the mind of St. Peter and St. Paul, in sending them, the one to the Jews, the other to the Gentiles : and also the Holy Ghost bestowed on them, whereby they were enabled to do airacles for the confirmation of their doctrine. In neither of which St. Paul, as he shows, was inferior, and so bad
as authentic a seal of his inission and doctrine. 9 C Kacho and," copulates yvóvles, “ kuowing,” in this verse, with lêórles, “ seeing,”
ver. 7, and makes both of them to agree with the nominative case to the verb fowxav, “ gare,” which is no other but James, Cephas, and John, and so justifies my transferring those names to rer. 7, for the more easy constructivu and under
TEXT. ceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship ; that we should go unto the
heathen, and they unto the circumcision.' 10 Only they would that we should remember the poor ;
the which I also was forward to do. 11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face,
because he was to be blamed. 12 For, before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles:
stowed on me, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellow
ship, that we should preach the Gospel to the Gentiles, and 10 they to the children of Israel. All that they proposed, was,
that we should remember to make collections among the Gen
tiles, for the poor Christians of Judea, which was a thing that of 11 myself I was forward to do. But when Peter came to Antioch,
I openly opposed him to his face: for, indeed, he was to be 12 blamed. For he conversed there familiarly with the Gentiles,
and eat with them, until some Jews came thither from James :
NOTES. standing of the text, though St. Paul defers the naming of them, until he is, as it were against his will, forced to it, before the end of his discourse. * The giving “ the right hand," was a symbol amongst the Jews, as well as other
nations, of accord, admitting men into fellowship. 11 b« I opposed him." From this opposition to St. Peter, which they suppose to
be before the couucil at Jerusalen), some would have it, that this epistle to the Galatians was writ before that council; as if what was done before the council, could not be mentioned in a letter writ after the council. They also contend, that this journey, mentioned here by St. Paul, was not that wherein he and Barnabas went up to that council to Jerusalem, but that mentioned Acts xi. 30, but this with as little ground as the former. The strongest reason they bring is, that if this journey had been to the couucil, and this letter after that council, St. Paul would not certainly have omitted to have mentioned to the Galatians that decree. To which I answer, 1. The mention of it was superfluous ; for they had it already, see Acts xvi. 4. 2. The mention of it was impertinent to the design of St. Paul's narrative here. For it is plain, that his aim, in what he relates here of himself, and his past actions, is to show, that having received the Gospel from Christ, by immediate revelation, he had all along preached that, and nothing but that, everywhere ; so that he could not be supposed to have preached circumcisiou, or by his carriage to have shown any subjection to the law; all the whole narrative following being to make good what he says, ch. i. 11, “That the Gospel which he preached, was not accommodated to the humour. ing of men; nor did he seek to please the Jews (who were the men bere meant) in what he taught.” Taking this to be his aim, we shall find the whole account he gives of himself, from that ver. 11 of ch. i. to the end of this second, to be very clear and easy, and very proper to invalidate the report of liis preaching circumcision.